Traveling with Celiac…No Problem…

To me, traveling and vacations bring fun, adventure, relaxation and excitement to mind. However, when traveling with our friend celiac disease or food allergies all those wonderful feelings can switch to fear and anxiety. Not what you need on your vacation.

I am often asked what I do to relieve those feelings. I have one answer…always bring your own food….ALWAYS.

Of course not ever meal can be made in your room, but many can be. Here are some guidelines to make things easier for you.

  1. Have the hotel clean out the mini bar so you have room in the refrigerator. If they don’t have one in the room ask for one to be moved in. I have never heard no to that request.
  2. Bring staple foods with you. For me, I always make a loaf or two of my grain free Jennifer’s Way bread and keep it in a ziplock bag. The bread keeps for days and has saved me many times.
  3. Bring bars, snacks, nuts, raisins and seeds that you like.
  4. Squeezable packets of nut butters, coconut butters and jams – Yes you can get these at hotels. There may be hidden ingredients, especially when traveling to a different country. A brand that is safe in the US may not be safe somewhere else.
  5. Once you arrive at your destination, make a trip to the local market. Fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, celery, carrots and fennel can be easily cleaned and made into a wonderful salad. Fruits can be an easy quick snack too.
  6. Ask the hotel to bring some cutlery, dishes, a sharp knife and mixing bowls.

I have made many meals in my room and always managed to keep myself safe. Remember no one can be more concerned with your health and having a fun trip than you!!

Put the rainbows back in your Holidays!!!

Much Love
Live Life Pure

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Comments (16)

  • dee Reply

    Thank you for your ideas but Please do not use the music, it is impossible to hear what you are saying.

    May 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    • Nikki Reply

      Thank you for letting me know Dee. I will keep this in mind for future videos that I post!!

      May 9, 2017 at 3:01 pm
      • Dan Young Reply

        Jennifer, when are you planning to reopen? It’s been a year since you closed or longer! I need food!

        April 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm
  • Jean Tringale Reply

    Great tips!!

    May 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm
  • Barbara Wiesett Reply

    Even better than asking for bowls, you can get ‘squish’ bowls and collanders on amazon that collapse and travel easily 🙂

    May 10, 2017 at 11:43 am
    • Nikki Reply

      Thank you for the tip Barbara!

      May 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm
  • Stacy Reply

    Some great advice. I’ve been too afraid to ask hotels for fridges or ‘extras’ to help me self cater but now I know I can and it is an option.

    May 15, 2017 at 5:01 am
    • Nikki Reply

      Stacy, never be afraid to ask! This is your health and your life you must take control. The worst they can say is no, but like I said, I’ve never heard no to a request like this. Thank you for commenting!

      May 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm
  • Susan Reply

    We just returned from an extended trip to Canada. We choose to rent apts and self cater. Our trips to the local markets are half the fun. Lots of Gluten Free items in eastern Canada.
    We cant wait to try your bread!!
    Thank you for the wonderful caring information.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm
  • Nancy Reply

    I love these tips! What do you do when you travel and all your friends are eating out all the time? My son has severe food allergies and we haven’t figured out how to travel with friends and family bc they eat out all the time.

    July 7, 2017 at 10:56 pm
  • Sam Reply

    Thank you. The best advice I’ve heard is yours… Never leave your health in someone else’s hands. I want to also thank you for sharing your story and your talents. I first saw you on NCIS. I’ve been a long time fan of the show and you just fit right in. I love that you share your cooking talents with us because I still struggle with cooking gluten free. You have inspired me to cook again and get a better handle on my weight issue by going fresh. Thank you and keep up the amazing things you do.


    August 22, 2017 at 5:21 am
  • Annette Biondo Reply

    Jennifer please come to Melbourne Florida we/I need you here to open a wonderful bakery here . It is so hard to go out to eat anywhere. We do have 1GF restaurant here but we need you here to teach everyone/me your secret Italian secrets I live with constant stomach pain, but that’s another story. Would love to see you bakery here. I would love to work in it.

    October 3, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Rich Reply

    Hi Jennifer. Im new to this site but my wife and I are huge fans of yours from Blue Bloods to NCIS. Several people in my family live with Auto Immune diseases That have caused leaky gut and we must be gluten free, soy free, dairy free etc. So I was delighted to learn of your NYC bakery..just about an hour from where we live. I see that location was closed..any idea where you will end up?

    December 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm
  • E Reply

    Jennifer- Thank you so much for your work in promoting awareness and health for all celiacs! I am a doctor, and even from my vantage point, it took years of suffering with symptoms and fighting against the traditional medicine freight train to be diagnosed. Have you considered expanding your bakery business? There is a great market for clean, anti-allergen foods here in Seattle. If that is something that interests you, I would love to help or even franchise.

    Keep doing such awesome work!

    March 16, 2018 at 2:11 pm
  • Julia Reply

    Newly diagnosed with family/work travels looming and the anxiety that goes with it. But saying ‘yes’ to these opportunities and finding ways to figure it out is so helpful. Thanks for sharing yours and inspiring us to find our own.

    March 19, 2018 at 10:52 am
  • Dan Young Reply

    I’m new to the eating organic and Gluten free foods, but you can find these items in supermarkets, most have a complete selection of organic, gluten free foods, don’t they? But as Jennifer stated, it’s better to be safe then sorry. Breads are a bit harder to find. I have not been able to contact Jennifer’s way bakery. I know she closed her store, but I thought she would be reopening soon?

    April 13, 2018 at 6:40 pm

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