Traveling Gluten Free: Finding a Friendly Destination

By Jenny Stegen | November 7, 2020

Girls taking a ride on luggage cart in hotel parking lot

Are you traveling and wondering how to find accommodations that suit your gluten free lifestyle?

If you plan to stay in a hotel, you will want access to a refrigerator and microwave. This is a requirement when we travel with our four celiac kids. It's not so convenient packing appliances for the trip! Call ahead to make sure these are available in your hotel room.

It's also nice to have space to eat. A deluxe suite may be more costly  -but may provide a table, chairs, and extra space so you don't have to sit on your bed to eat.

We prefer hotel rooms with a kitchenette where we can prepare our own food. We love visiting the Wisconsin Dells Glacier Canyon Lodge water park. It has a great selection of condos, villas, and suites with kitchen space. Super fun family get-away and comfortable accommodations!

Hotels often allow coolers and food to be brought in which is awesome. This RTIC cooler is not so heavy to carry and will hold ice forever. I love the basket for dry stuff. Cheaper than a Yeti, but no sacrifice in quality. Don’t forget plenty of paper products: plates, bowls, cups, silverware, napkins. It’s like you're having a picnic in a hotel room!

If you book a hotel, some will have a continental breakfast. Call and ask if there are any GF options available. If so, is it prepared under conditions that prevent cross-contamination? I would expect there to be high risk of cross-contamination when it comes to food prepared in hotels.

Our kids are real cereal lovers. For breakfast in a hotel we always pack cereal, milk, yogurt, and fruit. Hard-boiled eggs travel well and are packed with protein. Don't forget paper bowls and spoons for a great, easy breakfast in your hotel room.

Airbnb usually ends up being a better, more affordable option for our family of six. We can find a condo or house stocked with all the essentials to make good GF meals. You may want to bring your own toaster and frying pan from home. Make sure you research the area in advance so you get familiar with your grocery store and restaurant options.

These grocery chains offer a great variety of gluten free options nationwide:

  • Kroger
  • Publix
  • Hy-Vee
  • Trader Joes
  • ALDI
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Walmart

These stores can be found in the midwest and also have a great GF selection:

  • Fareway
  • Festival Foods
  • Woodman's Market

In addition, check for a local food co-op where you will find locally grown produce and quality GF products .

Want to learn how to find celiac safe restaurants in your destination? Read this post for tips and details.

Safe and Happy Travels,

Jenny's Signature