If you’ve been following my What I Ate Gluten Free posts, you know that it sometimes can be hard travelling while sticking to a strict gluten free diet.
I recently ran into a situation in the Atlanta airport where I had a short time (around lunch) to make a connection from a domestic flight to an international one. If any of you have had to make that same connection, you know that it can be quite a hike!! I was starving and needed something to hold me over, but all there was in my terminal area was pizza and sandwich shops. Ack! So, I ended up spending way too much for a salad that wasn’t the greatest. Now I know better and will always keep a travel bag ready and packed with some gluten free necessities (including my new favorite gluten free bars from Nature Valley)! #simplesnacking
So today, I wanted to share with you my top 10 essentials in that gluten free travel bag!
- Snacks! – Ummm… yeah! This is something I will never again leave the house without! In the past, I had a bad habit of bringing snacks that didn’t really fill me up, so I would still feel like I need a meal (and isn’t that the point of a snack? to hold you over?) My favorite go-to snacks right now are these new Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars. They come in two flavors: Almond Cashew Sea Salt and Roasted Peanut Honey. While they are both delicious, my favorite is definitely the Roasted Peanut Honey. Yum!
I love how the ingredients are simple and recognizable. Just 7 ingredients (nuts, seeds, honey, tapioca syrup and sea salt) – They’re that simple (and delicious!) #simplesnacking
You can get them right now at Publix and be sure to click here for a coupon valid from 7/20 – 8/17 for $0.75 off one box of your favorite flavor of Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars!
- Entertainment – No matter if my flight is 30 minutes or 6 hours, I always have some sort of entertainment with me! This includes a tablet, e-reader, Sudoku and crossword puzzle books.
- Chargers/Batteries – With all those entertainment options, I’m going to need a way to keep them charged. I keep all our chargers in a pouch with headphones and extra batteries for the camera and travel alarm clock.
- Motion Sickness Medicine – I have a horrible problem with motion sickness. On top of that, my main symptom when I’ve been “glutened” is vertigo. So, I keep a lot of motion sickness/dizziness remedies with me – ginger gum and candies, wristbands, medicine, non-drowsy medicine, essential oils. You name it, I’ve tried it…. And I keep it all in that bag.
- Travel Emergencies Pouch – These things are definitely not necessities, but if something happened, I would want to have these items on hand. This pouch includes items like a mirror, bandages, tissue, blister block, floss, mints, emery boards, headache medicine and feminine products.
- Beauty Necessities – A brush, face wipes, deodorant, and toothbrush – you know, the items I need to feel like a real person again after getting off a long flight.
- Travel Documents – This is a no-brainer. I have a waterproof zippered pouch where I keep all our travel documents – passports and any reservation confirmations. This is also where I keep a pen. It’s inevitable that I will discover I don’t have one at the worst possible moment (like when an immigration official hands you a customs declaration to fill out).
- Sunglasses – Ever since I had Lasik eye surgery, my eyes have been very sensitive to light, so I always have a pair of sunglasses with me even if I’m not going to a sunny destination. I always travel with a cheap pair in case they get lost and the case is also a good place to keep some extra hair ties and bobby pins.
- Scarf/Eye Mask/Pillow/Blanket – You never know when you might want to take a nap, so these items are essential to me in my bag. I have one small pouch which holds my scarf (the biggest one I own) and my eye mask. For my pillow and blanket, I have a travel set that includes a pillow cover that doubles as a place to keep your folded up blanket and inside is an inflatable travel pillow.
- 3-1-1 Liquids Bag – Of course, if you’re flying you’re going to need one of these to keep your liquids in to go through security. So, I just keep one packed with my essentials – perfume, hand sanitizer, lotion, toothpaste,
These Simple Nut Bars are an easy on-the-go snack for those of us that are gluten free. So, come on! Get out there and travel without hesitation!
Where will your Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars take you?
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Disclosure: The information, products and Paypal cash were provided by General Mills through Linqia.