We love traveling, whether it’s over spring break, summer vacation, or the holidays! And when traveling with food allergies, it's important to always be prepared for anything. This means planning out our schedule and stops, and bringing all the essentials (Who else always has Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Bars in their bag?!). With the official start to summer, we wanted to share some of our tips for allergy-friendly travel:
- Map out your road trip ahead of time – Know where you’re going, where to find allergy-friendly food and where to go in case of an emergency. One of our favorite allergy-friendly destinations is Disney World. The chefs are so attentive to food allergy needs, and Disney Parks and Cruises even have Enjoy Life Foods products decked out with Mickey and the gang as part of their Snacks with Character! These treats can be found all over, which is perfect for a day at the park! If you’re planning a Disney trip, make sure to use #EatFreelyDisney so we can see all the fun and know the latest of where to get allergy-safe snacks.
- Call ahead – Contact your relatives, hotel and possible restaurant stops ahead of time to let them know about your dietary needs, learn about their food allergy policies and plan accordingly. Have backup stops in place in case the trip takes more or less time than expected. It’s also a good idea to note any nearby grocery stores so that you can buy food if you don’t find any restaurants that work with your diet.
- Bring food – This is something that we can’t stress enough. Make sure you have enough food with you so that you don’t have to worry about running out of safe options. Trust us, you don’t want to be stuck without anything to eat! I bring a good mix of high-protein options, fruits & veggies, and snacks. Our Grab & Go options are a nice snack variety for the car! If you have some travelers that don’t have food allergies, make sure to use a separate container for the allergy-friendly snacks to prevent cross-contamination.
- Bring medication – Don’t leave home without your EpiPen, or two! Make sure you are 100% prepared for a possible emergency. It’s definitely better to be over-prepared than not at all.
The big takeaway? Plan ahead. Winging it is hard when you have allergies, and traveling is supposed to be fun and stress-free! We hope our tips help make your vacation a great one. We’d love to see where you all go and where Enjoy Life goes with you, so tag @enjoylifefoods and #eatfreely to show us where your summer vacations take you!