50 Gluten-Free Road Trip Foods and Quick Meals

50 Gluten-Free Road Trip Foods and Quick Meals

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Between health and cost concerns, I’ve always been one to prepare snacks and meals ahead of travel. Taking food with me has become my signature. Food that packs well isn’t just for traveling, I’ve taken healthy travel snacks to music festivals, events where I might get hungry, and hiking. As a gluten-free individual, it’s hard to find food I can eat when I need it, so I always have something with me. Bringing and making your own food while traveling is also a great way to save money when you budget travel.

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Healthy Road Tris Snack To Keep Cold

As a kid, the cooler full of food was my favorite part of road trips; my mom would pack snacks and meals easy to eat while driving. The best foods for traveling in a car don’t require utensils or a plate as these things take up valuable space and are hard to clean.

Pastrami and Pickle Sandwich
  1. Fresh vegetables:: snap peas and pre-cut bell peppers
  2. Fresh fruit:: Oranges and apples
  3. Hard-Boiled eggs:: pre-peeled
  4. Kebabs:: remove the stick to have bite-size pieces without the safety hazard of a stick
  5. Celery and peanut butter packets
  6. Deli meat with cheese dipped in hummus
  7. Wraps:: gluten-free tortillas
  8. Egg salad sandwich:: gluten-free bread
  9. Mini Babybel Cheese or Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
  10. Cheese, crackers, and sausage:: an adult Lunchable
  11. Frittata:: eat it like a pizza and it’s utensil-free!
oranges and pomegranate
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Pastrami and Pickle Sandwich

Nonperishable Foods For Traveling

Airport food is expensive and plane food is even more expensive, so I like to bring my own meals and healthy packaged snacks for international flights. The best travel snacks to take on a long flight are portable and travel well at room temperature. Filling on-the-go meals that don’t need refrigeration or high protein snacks are also great for when you don’t want to interrupt your sightseeing. Local cuisine is great, but sometimes I don’t want to stop what I’m doing to find food.

Mixed nuts and dried fruit
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  1. Popcorn
  2. Granola Bars:: RXBars, Larabars, Epic Bars, ProBar
  3. Protein powder + water
  4. Fruit and nut trail mix
  5. Beef jerky
  6. Roasted chickpeas
  7. Bare Apple Chips
  8. Packaged olives
  9. Apple and peanut butter
  10. Plantain chips
  11. Dried mango
  12. Roasted Edamame
  13. Peanut butter sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
  14. Chicken salad sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
  15. BLT sandwich:: with gluten-free bread
  16. Eggplant and grilled chickpea wrap:: gluten-free tortillas
  17. Protein pancakes
  18. Fig, honey, and sticky rice cakes
Mixed nuts and dried fruit

Easy Travel Meal Ideas to Prep On Vacation

No one wants to spend their vacation cooking and doing dishes (if you do, contact me – I’ll let you cook and do dishes on vacation with me), but health and budget-conscious travelers may prefer to cook a few simple meals rather than eat out every meal. I like to pack a few nonperishables foods when traveling abroad and pick up fresh ingredients at a local grocery store to make quick no-hassle meals. All of these meals contain minimal ingredients and can be made in a limited kitchen; cook in bulk to make meals even easier the rest of the trip!

Pesto Spinach Gnocchi Pasta Dinner
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Pesto Spinach Gnocchi Pasta Dinner
  1. Oatmeal:: regular or instant packets
  2. Rice & beans
  3. Eggs
  4. Fruit, yogurt, and granola
  5. Breakfast tacos:: gluten-free tortillas
  6. Fried rice
  7. Skillet fried potato, sausage, onion
  8. Beef and broccoli stir fry
  9. Spaghetti or any pasta with a pre-made sauce:: gluten-free noodles
  10. Tacos:: gluten-free tortillas
  11. Simple chili:: ground beef, canned beans, Rotel, chili powder, and other seasonings
  12. Currywurst:: bratwurst and ketchup mixed with curry powder
  13. Broccoli, rice, and chicken casserole

Guilty Pleasures

If you’re like me you don’t sleep a wink on planes, so those long international flights are brutal, and snacking is one way to fight off the boredom. I may be health-conscious, but all bets are off when I’m running on no sleep, jet lag, and no coffee. Enjoy these healthier options for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Dark Chocolate
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  1. Dark chocolate.
  2. Chocolate-covered fruit or nuts.
  3. Pure Fruit Strips:: They taste like fruit roll-ups, but made with real ingredients
  4. Super Hero Muffins:: replace raisins with chocolate chips to make it a sweet treat
  5. BarkThins
  6. Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups
  7. Sahale Glazed Nuts
  8. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate
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Dark Chocolate
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