Traveling with Special Dietary Need
Traveling with Special Dietary need
When you have special dietary requirements, it is not as easy to travel as for people who do not, but it can be done! It takes a bit more planning than for families who can just jump in the car, train, bus, ship, or plane and eat anywhere. Many people do it all of the time, and now more and more places are not only willing to accommodate, but also willing to go out of their way to help! Keep in mind, though, eating out can be risky!
Food Shopping While Out of Town
Before you leave home, you should search online for stores that carry allergy-free foods such as Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Print out maps for the locations to which you will be traveling, or traveling through, on your vacation. This way you will know where they are located and how to arrive at the destination. If there are not any major chains that carry a good assortment of specialty allergen-free foods, then search for Health Food Stores.
There are several registries online that list restaurants and bakeries that can provide special dietary menus or have staff with allergy-free knowledge: If you are going to a specific location and do not have enough locations listed in the resources box, search online for the city and the dietary needs that you require such as “Chicago Dairy Free”. You should be able to find links to restaurants. That way, it will help you locate the best places to patronize.
When dining out, it is often a smart idea to present an allergy-free card. These wallet-sized cards can be handed to the server to explain details about your special dietary needs. They are available in various languages. There are several sites in which you can purchase these cards.
Since the airlines do not allow ice gel packs, use frozen peas to keep your allergy-free foods safe for plane travel.
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