Here are some of the things I pack when traveling to visit out of town family:
- almonds and walnuts
- sweet potatoes
- gluten free bread, pasta, and crackers
- brown rice
- 100% fruit jam (contains fruit, fruit juice, and pectin)
- olive oil for cooking
Bringing foods you know you can eat allows you to prepare appropriate meals. It also keeps you from having to buy as much from the grocery store where you’re visiting (and running into the problem of them not carrying the gluten free or sugar free foods that you need). Sure, you can find gluten free or sugar free foods and meals, but have you ever tried to find ones that are both sugar free and gluten free? Yup, you end up cooking a lot of your meals at home.
If the family is eating pasta, simply make some of your gluten free pasta and eat it with the sauce everyone else is eating.
If they’re having toast with jam or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, simply use your jam instead.
If they’re eating mashed potatoes, simply cook a sweet potato!
When eating out, make sure that foods you can eat are available (corn, sweet potatoes, salads). I’ve also found that eating at home first, and then having a lovely time chatting with everyone at the restaurant as they eat has been very effective. It also keeps you from being extra hungry waiting to eat at a different dinner time!
When on the road, make sure you’ve packed meals in a cooler, or be aware of places you can stop to eat that have appropriate foods. Once, my husband and I ordered a double cheeseburger. I ate one burger patty and then he finished the rest of the burger. That saved us from having to throw away a bun.