The first time I had to go anywhere for a weekend after being diagnosed with celiac disease, I packed my clothes and toiletries in the tiniest overnight bag I could manage and lugged an enormous cooler full of food --- enough to last the entire three days, I figured --- around with me. I remember that weekend mostly for the perpetual quest to keep everything in that cooler on ice, and all the "fun" I had dumping water out in parking lots on the road. But I'll give myself this: I didn't get sick!
I recently spent about a week traveling. This time I brought nothing for myself to eat, although I did do a little grocery shopping when I reached my destination. And just like seven years ago, I didn't get sick.
Traveling with allergies, intolerances, or other food sensitivities can be incredibly daunting the first few times. It does, however, get easier with experience. Read on for more tips about food allergy travel -- finding lodging, traveling for business, and attending large events with food allergies.