Air travel can be stressful and having to eat gluten free can add even more undue stress. Follow these 10 tips before heading to the airport to help ease your mind and feed your hungry tummy during your travels.
1. Book a meal in advance
For international flights with food service, you can book a special gluten free meal in advance. Many times, you can do it at the time of booking, if not right after the booking. Make sure to put in special meal requests at least 24 to 48 hours before the flight.
2. Gluten free bars
Pack gluten free protein bars and granola bars to snack on during the fight and for when you arrive at your destination. Always bring bars in your purse or pocket when you’re out and about. You never know if you’ll be out longer than expected and not be able to find gluten free food nearby when hunger strikes.
3. Travel friendly food
Make sure to pack travel friendly food. Food that can easily pass through security and travels well without refrigeration include:
4. Instant oatmeal
Pack single serving instant oatmeal packets for a quick, hot meal. You can request hot water from coffee shops in the airport or from the flight attendants on board the plane.
5. Sandwich or wrap
Make and pack gluten free sandwiches or wraps. It’s an easy to make meal when you want something heartier than a snack or protein bar.
6. Zip Lock It
Don’t use aluminum foil to wrap your food, it interferes with the x-ray machine. Pack your nuts, crackers, muffins, sandwiches, and/or wraps in plastic zip lock bags. It’ll also be easier for TSA to look at your food items when they pull you aside, which they will with an abundant of food.
7. Freeze “liquid” and “gel” items
I got this tip from TSA themselves as they were throwing away my egg salad and salsa. If it’s frozen it won’t be considered a liquid or gel and will pass through security.
8. Pack all your food in one bag
Make it easy for TSA, and yourself, and pack all your food items in one bag. I usually use a small or medium sized reusable grocery bag for all my food items. If they flag you for your food, which they will if you have a lot, it’ll be easy for them to examine the food you have.
9. Get a doctor’s note
To avoid getting your food items tossed by TSA, ask your doctor to write you a note to state that it is medically necessary for you to have your own packed food.
10. Airport food
You’ll be surprised at the number of chain and fast food restaurants that have gluten free options, including Chick-fil-a, Chili’s, PF Chang’s, and Five Guys. If you’re unsure of what to eat, stick to naturally gluten free foods, including grilled chicken, steam vegetables, and fruits.
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