We just came across an interesting topic over on Reddit, asking what gluten free foods travel the best. This actually comes up a lot in our lives, so we thought we’d recap it here and add our two cents as well!

Whether you’re on the go to your kids soccer game, off to a playground, taking a road trip, or traveling on an airplane, it’s important to know which gluten free foods travel the best.

What Gluten Free Foods Travel the Best?
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What Gluten Free Foods Travel The Best?

Based on the Reddit thread mentioned above, as well as our own experience, the following foods were identified as gluten free foods that travel best:

  • Luna Bars (also a staple in our home!)
  • Beef Jerky (be sure to read the ingredients list, not all beef jerky is gluten free)
  • Parm Crisps (buy in bulk at Costco!)
  • Gluten free trail mix
  • Kind bars
  • Protein shakes (our favorite protein shake is Core Power Chocolate by FairLife)
  • Apples, Oranges, Bananas – any grab and go fruit
  • Salami & Cheese rollups (if they’ll be eaten within 2 hours)
  • Nigella Lawson’s Breakfast Bars
  • Gluten Free Granola Bars (Annie’s brand, Costco brand)
  • Schar Cookies
  • Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (better than Tate’s in our opinion!)
  • Hard boiled eggs – a great protein punch that will fill you up
  • String cheese – a favorite around our house!
  • Larabars – my wife practically lives on these while traveling for business and stuck in catered all-day meetings
  • Nuts! Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, whatever type of nut is your favorite. Nuts are a great protein source and the fiber will help keep you full
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Gluten free chips
  • Tortilla chips
  • Dried Fruit
  • Portable/Squeezable single serving peanut butter
  • Sandwiches using Schar bread (which holds up great)
  • Epic Bars
  • Rice cakes – pair them with your squeezable peanut butter!
  • RX Bars
  • Popcorn
  • Trader Joe’s PB&J Bars
  • Fruit snacks (but definitely check those ingredient lists first)
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups – because why not!

The key to eating gluten free on the go, especially if you’ll be away from home for awhile, is to make sure whatever you pack has protein. This will be the most satiating for your body!

Gluten Free Flying

If you’re flying, absolutely pack some of the above for a “just in case” situation. Do not rely on snack boxes on your plane – make sure you buy something at the airport in advance and bring it on board. Worst case, you’ll have what you packed and can eat that in case your airport doesn’t have any gluten free options.

If you’re flying, be sure to note that peanut butter is considered a liquid by TSA, so it must be under 3.4oz to bring on board in your carry-on, unless it is in the form of a sandwich, of course.

Gluten Free Baked Goods

If you like to bake, there are lots of gluten free muffins you could bake in advance to bring. Or our gluten free banana bread will also travel great.

We also love Modern Bread’s gluten free bagels. If you think to order ahead, you can bring them to munch on while you’re out and about. And they freeze really well. We always have a dozen in our freezer!

TL;DR; – What Gluten Free Foods Travel the Best?

To recap “what gluten free foods travel the best”, focus on protein bars, gluten free granola bars, gluten free trail mix, gluten free baked goods, protein shakes, dried fruit, fresh fruits, and nuts for the most nutritious on the go gluten free foods.

We’ll continue to update this post to bring you which gluten free foods travel the best with new recipes and on the go ideas.

Happy Travels!

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