Traveling While Vegan or With Food Allergies by Pia Mattix Davis
Families who are experienced with dietary restrictions know that traveling can be problematic if one is not prepared. For those who are new to the lifestyle, the following tips can help save holiday eating drama!
1) Pack the cooler with foods that are must haves. Whole Foods is not located everywhere, and not ever Kroger has a natural food section. It is possible that you will find Field Roast in Valdosta, GA, but more than likely you won't.
2) Pack a wide assortment of snacks. If your grandmother is known for keeping a box of chocolates for the children to eat at will, consider purchasing vegan/ allergen free chocolates for your little ones. Remind your children that you have snacks for them before entering homes and parties.
3) Cooking special meals in someones else kitchen can be stressful. Consider making your dishes ahead of time, freezing them and transporting them when you travel.
4) Coordinate meals and snacks with your hostess/ family to eliminate the need to cook two different meals. Perhaps you can make sides that can be enjoyed by all.
5) Most importantly, politely remind family and friends of what your children can and cannot eat. I find that it is best to give a list of the foods that are permissible, hostesses don't have to think of alternatives. Keep it positive :)