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Tips for Planning a Gluten Free Vacation

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 120

If you have been diagnosed with coeliac disease you will probably find that planning a vacation abroad is a lot more difficult than it was previously. There are a few things that you need to consider for your gluten free travel such as the flight, the accommodation and the restaurants that you will eat in.

Here are 5 tips to help make your trip abroad go more smoothly.

1) Research restaurants before you go - have a search on Google for the places that you plan to visit on vacation and search for restaurant reviews to try and find restaurants that cater for coeliacs. You may also want to try asking on a coeliac forum, or on a travel forum in advance to see if anyone has any recommendations for you. A phone call or an email to some of the restaurants can also be a good idea.

2) Book a special meal if you are travelling by air - if you are flying to your destination it makes sense to book a special meal well in advance. Often 24hrs is not enough notice for airlines, so try to do this as far in advance as you possibly can.

3) Pack snacks for the journey - put a supply of gluten free snacks in your hand luggage just in case of delays or in case the airline is unable to supply you with your special meal. Good snacks to take are gluten free sandwiches, nuts, fruit and candy. If you have enough room you may also want to consider packing some food in your suitcase.

4) Take Translation Cards - if you are visiting a country that doesn't speak your language you may want to get some translation cards. There are a few websites that offer these cards for free and all you need to do is print them out and carry them with you. The cards explain that you have coeliac disease and list the foods that you are unable to eat. You can hand these to the waiter or waitress if you feel that they do not understand your dietary requirements.

5) Let your hotel know about your special diet - phone your hotel in advance to see if they can cater for your diet. They may be able to get some gluten free bread or cereals for breakfast. If they are not able to do this, then you could go for options at breakfast time such as yoghurt, fruit, cheese and eggs.

Travelling when you have coeliac disease certainly takes some effort in the planning stages, but if you take the time to do this you will have a much better chance of having an enjoyable and healthy trip.

Suzanne Morrison loves travelling and has been following a gluten free diet for two years. Visit her Gluten Free Travel site to discover lots of gluten free tips, recipes, gluten free restaurant reviews and ideas for making a gluten free diet easier.

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