…I wanted to ask you if you had any suggestions for allergy friendly foods to take on a road trip. We are going out of town later this month and staying in a hotel for a few days. My son is 20 months and has life threatening allergies to egg, milk, wheat, peanuts, and soy.
We can’t feed him anything from a restaurant (except applesauce) because of potential cross-contamination, so I’m planning on packing all his food. I’m still nursing so milk isn’t a problem for him. I will definitely be bringing the banana chocolate chip muffins along as those are his favorite and I thought the pouch tuna packets for protein. Any other ideas?
I thought it was an excellent and timely question with spring break coming in just a few weeks. I’ll share my thoughts, and I’d love for you all to jump in with your ideas in the comment section. Look for part two of this article which includes lists of foods that travel well and meals that can be prepared in a hotel room. This should be fun!
Make and Freeze Microwavable Dinners
Prepare your meals ahead of time and heat them in the hotel microwave. Freezing the meals ahead of time ensures the temperature in the cooler stays cold on long trips. This works well for small families on short trips, but it’s usually not practical for us. There is just not enough room in the van for a cooler big enough to hold a weeks worth of food for 6 people.
Update: Please read through the comments below. I have always assumed that covered food in a clean microwave would be fine, but Paula believes she had an anaphylactic reaction to airborne particles from using a microwave at work!
Bring your crockpot
I rarely travel without my crockpot. It probably sounds silly, but I’ve taken my little friend with me for years. It started off as a way to save money. Eating out is expensive!
Now that we are dealing with food allergies, bringing a crockpot is even more important. It means that I have a way to prepare an allergy-friendly dinner in a hotel room.
I have heard that crockpots may violate fire code, so you probably should not broadcast that you are using one in your room. I’m all for following rules, but I have to feed my kid!
Make a Menu Plan and Grocery List
I make a menu plan before the trip. Then I make a little recipe binder that I can take with me, and finally, I make a grocery list. Making a grocery list before you leave is extremely important because you need to make sure you pack foods that you may not find at the local grocery store.
Plan to Stop at Grocery Stores
We used to make our pit stops at gas stations and fast food restaurants. Now we try to find nice grocery stores to visit. You can pick up fresh produce, lunch meat, hummus, sunbutter and many other allergy friendly snacks at grocery stores along the way to your destination.