How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease

How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease

How to Road Trip with Celiac DiseaseRoad tripping is actually my FAVORITE way to travel with celiac disease. I don’t need to worry about airports, arriving at locations that cannot accommodate my dietary requests, or any of that hustle and bustle. Instead, when I road trip the control is in my hands. And, hopefully, I don’t get a flat tire.

Here are a few of my favorite “Rules of the Road.”

  1. Make your car a gluten free zone. But, be willing to stop for gluten-filled food. It’s one of the best ways to experience different parts of the country. And, you can brown bag it.
  2. Pack a ton of gluten free snacks for EVERYONE in your party. And, pack soap, water, and paper towels, so they only have GF hands diving into that popcorn.
  3. Pack your meals too. I used a Koolatron cooler for over two weeks this summer with little problems. JUST remember to plug it in when you get into the car.
  4. Make a list of 100% GF restaurants on your road trip. These are by far the safest, even though they are far and few between. We turn them into a highlight of the trip.
  5. Make a list of Grocery Stores on your route. I prepared food for the first part of my road trips, and then bought the ingredients to make lettuce wraps for the second half. I like to look for Whole Foods or any store where I’ll recognize the brand names, so I don’t need to read ten thousand labels.

I could go on forever, so if most have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section below. BUT, I saved the most important rule of the road for last!

  • Find someone who can put up with your craziness for the duration of the trip! I do not mean someone that understands your gluten free craziness (aka: celiac disease). Although, that’s important too. My personal craziness includes, but is not limited to, stopping at every state sign, counting the number of cattle on the side of the road, listening to Thomas Rhett’s “All American White Boy” on repeat, hopping on trains, modeling in cornfields, adventuring down dirt roads to try to find a “spot on the map,” climbing on haybails, and subsequently buying Bendadryl. Now, have you ever arrived in a town at 1 AM and realized that even the Red Roof Inn is fully booked? That’s the kind of craziness I’m talking about. (While my first road trip was beautifully planned out, my second one had some twists and turns).

You’ve already seen the highlights of my road trip TO Colorado, so here are a few from my road trip back home!

How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Cheyenne Frontier Days, Wyoming
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Nebraska National Forest
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Mr. Washington at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Iowa Just Past the Tri State Border!
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Lake Michigan, Wisconsin
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Shakespearean Gardens, Stratford, Canada
How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Niagara Falls, Canada Side

Let’s not forget about being in the front row of a Tim McGraw concert either!

How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease
Tim McGraw Wins a Miss Rodeo Contest?!

That’s about it from here! What is your top tip about road tripping with celiac disease or a food allergy? If you could road trip anywhere, where would you go?!

11 thoughts on “How to Road Trip with Celiac Disease

  1. You make it seem so easy! Although I’ve never road tripped EVER, pre celiac, at least I know it CAN be done! Except I hate being in a car for more than four hours 😛 I wouldn’t mind putting up with your antics in the car, but I don’t like country music, I’m all about dA gHeTtO bEaTz

    1. You definitely have to like car rides! But, it’s SO much fun. One of my friends and I can’t really road trip together if we have to travel far because we stop at EVERY point of interest on the side of the road. It took us three times longer to get to Santa Fe than it should once! And, I’m pretty sure any music that fits your style will work, but be sure to listen to at least one song about being on the road. 🙂

  2. I wish I had just a little bit of your energy, Kaila. 🙂 Loved your picture look at your recent road trip. I don’t have a road trip in me right now but I’m getting to the point too where when I do have to be out and about I’d just rather eat something in the car than go into a restaurant and risk cross contamination.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that you’re starting to get out and about more! And, I’m certainly a hyper one. When I had mono (and was hospitalized for it), I still wasn’t tired until I was out of the hospital. It’s crazy how these things work!

      I pack my own lunch almost all the time. And, when I’m out, I’ll bring my own lunch to a restaurant more often than not. I used to always call ahead, but I do so less frequently now. Hope those iron levels go up a bit!

  3. Great tips and beautiful pictures. One of my life goes is got travel across country. Since my diagnosis of CRPS, I always get a little uneasy with traveling, and am big time planner with food restrictions, but there is no way I let those little bumps stop me from traveling. Heck, last year I went on a service to trip to El Salvador and it was the best experience of my life.

    1. Thanks, Candice! I’m working my way up on the travel scale. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease we travelled to Disney (and stayed in the U.S.). Then, just yesterday, I got back from my first cruise since my celiac diagnosis. It was awesome to see other countries, and eat some fruit in them too! Hopefully, my next travel step is actually staying in another country.

      Your trip to El Salvador sounds absolutely amazing! I just read your guest post on GF Globetrotter, and I never thought about how Schar would be easier to travel with due to its long shelf life. I’ll have to be stopping by for advice before I plan a far away trip! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I had a blast! And driving down dirt roads to find a spot on a map isn’t crazy. Not when it’s a spot on the map where three states meet!

    1. Yay! Plus, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska is a pretty cool tri-state! On the other hand, I drove Melissa down a dirt road that… um… well… wasn’t on a map. Oops! Can’t wait to catch up again soon (aka: in LESS than 4 years)!

  5. Looks like you had so much fun! I love road trips, well I love travelling just about anywhere and this blog is very helpful especially to those with dietary restrictions.

    1. Thanks, Sherry! I love to travel as well. I’ve been sticking to places that are easy to bring my own food with my dietary restrictions, but hopefully, I’ll become more comfortable in other environments too with time! 🙂

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