Traveling with a Dietary Restriction (2)

All summer we’ve been addressing common misconceptions about traveling with certain health limitations. But perhaps one of the hardest hit health issues when traveling is diet.

It’s challenging to follow a healthy diet on vacation, but when you have a dietary restriction finding food that fits into your guidelines seems impossible! You’re removed from your local grocery store, regular restaurants, and maybe even the language you use to convey your dietary needs. Traveling to a foreign place can seem out of reach if you don’t know how you’re going to survive two weeks without your regular foods.

We have a few tried and true tips for surviving on that dreamy summer vacation. If you can’t have dairy, gluten, meat, sodium, or any other food limitation, read our 4 top tips for surviving the journey when you have a dietary restriction.

Traveling with Diet RestrictionPlan Ahead

While you’re researching the museums you want to see, take a quick look at the eateries surrounding those must-see destinations. If you can, call ahead and see if you can get a copy of the menu, or at least ask what type of allergens or restrictions they can serve. If you gather a list of a few, you’re sure to have plenty of eating options.

For even more preparation, bring some diet approved snacks to keep you full you’re out and enjoying your vacation spot.

Cook for Yourself

It might be easiest to book accommodations that have a kitchen and hit the local grocery store. Cooking all your own meals is the only surefire way you won’t consume food you shouldn’t have. If you’re dictating the menu, you won’t have to do any of that restaurant research, or risk going to a restaurant where you can’t eat.

Learn the Language

Traveling somewhere that speaks a different language?Try to learn key phrases like “does this have dairy?” or “do you have gluten-free options?”. This can also help you read the menu at the local restaurant or grocery shopping (if you’re following tip #2!). Make a list of the common foods that are irritating to you and learn those words in the language. It’ll make traveling just a little less stressful. Check out this website that lists common foods that hide allergens and make sure to learn these words too!

Bring Medications

Life happens, and there is no avoiding that. If you are allergic to a particular food and you accidentally consume it, don’t let it ruin your trip. Make sure you to have whatever counteracting medication you use with you at all times. Remember, medications are okay on the plane if you are traveling by air.

At ExpressMed, we want anyone to be able to experience the joys of going somewhere new. Because you are living with a dietary restriction, you should not be excluded from that. These tips are sure to make the trip a little less stressful and a lot more memorable for all the right reasons.

Don’t forget to share with us the best vacation you’ve taken and how a dietary restriction didn’t hold you back!