Kayla Quock

Gluten-free Travel: Best Road Trip Snacks and Advice

1. Snack bars

Some of the favorite brands:

KIND Bars

“All KIND® snacks are gluten free. Many of our ingredients are inherently gluten free (i.e. nuts), but we also complete testing to ensure our snacks meet the FDA’s standards for a gluten free product.”

Larabar

“Everything we make is gluten free. From our bars to our Bites, LÄRABAR products have no gluten-containing ingredients, and we have manufacturing controls in place to assure there are no cross-contact concerns.”

Gomacro

“All GoMacro products are Certified Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Kosher, non-GMO, R.A.W., C.L.E.A.N. and delicious – the best organic protein bars for a healthy lifestyle!”

Vega

Vega has no official statement on their website about their products being gluten-free. But their packaging does say gluten-free, and the ingredients list reads GF! Make sure you do your own research and testing if you have doubts.

Community member travel tip:

“Pack safe breakfast and lunch items you can eat on the road or make easily in a hotel room. Always pack lots of snacks. Stop at farm stands or produce markets for fresh fruits and veggies to eat on the go. Eat dinner at a safe place and stick to the basics without sauces or gravies.”

2. Chips

Some of the favorite brands:

Kettle

“Kettle Brand products (including our Kettle Brand Popcorn, Kettle Brand Baked, 40% Less Fat, Organic, Krinkle Cut Potato Chips, and Kettle Brand Oven Fries), are gluten free and processed in a gluten free environment. We recently received Gluten Free certification for our Kettle Brand Potato Chips and Kettle Brand Popcorn, and we are in the process of updating our packaging.”

Lay’s

“Frito-Lay has validated through analytical testing that these products contain less than 20 ppm of gluten, the level put forward in the FDA’s Gluten Free Food Labeling Final Rule.”

Popchips

“We’re happy to say that popchips have been officially certified by the gluten-free certification organization; a program of the gluten intolerance group®, also known as gig®.”

Beanfields Bean Chips

“Yes. BEANFIELDS are gluten-free as certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, which as you might have guessed, is an organization that certifies gluten-freeness.”

Community member travel tip:

“When on the road, I tend to get food at a grocery store where I have less chance of getting a gluten contamination than at a fast food restaurant. If fast food is your only option, then I have had good success with Subway, especially when they have their GF bread option available.”

3. Fruit

Some of the favorite types:

Apples

Bananas

Dried fruit

 

Community member travel tip:

“Plan ahead, never eat the free breakfast! Except maybe the fruit. Pack fresh veggies cut and packed in serving size bags, remember fiber keeps you full! And of course bring your Nima .”

4. Nuts

Some of the favorite types:

Almonds

Cashews

Pistachios

General nut mix

5. Drinks

Some of the favorite types:

Kombucha

Tea

Juice

Soda

 

Community member travel tip:

“Road trips mean you still have a lot of control over food preparation! Pack a large cooler w/ essentials for your trip including snacks, sandwich fixings, lots of water. Bring lots of zip lock baggies for snacking on the road and plan ahead!”

6. Pretzels

Some of the favorite brands:

Glutino 

“We offer a variety of delicious, gluten free snacks that never skimp on flavor. From pretzels to crackers to cookies and more, you’ll find the best variety of tasty gluten free foods.”

Snyder’s

“Check out our gluten-free snacks to keep your snacking enjoyment healthy!”

Gratify

“All Gratify products certified through the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of The Gluten Intolerance Group® (GIG). Visit www.gluten.net for information and support.”

Good Health

Good Health has no official statement on their website about their products being gluten-free. But certain product packaging does say gluten-free, and the ingredients list reads GF! Make sure you do your own research and testing if you have doubts.

Community member travel tip:

“Take lots of snacks and pre-made meals if you can. Research safe restaurants ahead of time. Use Find me gluten-free app and your Nima!”

7. Trail mix

Some of the favorite brands:

Homemade

Sometimes building your own trail mix is best!

Enjoy Life

“We’re dedicated to producing delicious snacks that are certified gluten-free making them safe for those who have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity so everyone can enjoy without worry.”

Second Nature

“Second Nature has no official statement on their website about their products being gluten-free. But certain product packaging does say gluten-free, and the ingredients list reads GF! Make sure you do your own research and testing if you have doubts.”

 

Community member travel tip: 

“If you run out of packed food, convenient stores that sell fruit and veggie cups are great (just be careful of dressing), as well as GF cheese and pepperoni snack packs.”

8. Popcorn

Some of the favorite brands:

SkinnyPop

“Our popcorn has no GMOs, gluten or preservatives, making SkinnyPop a tasty, guilt-free snack.”

Smartfood

“Smartfood® has validated through analytical testing that select products contain less than 20 ppm of gluten. We suggest that you always check the label for the most current and accurate nutritional information.”

Annie’s

“We recognize the needs of consumers who have allergies or sensitivities to nuts, gluten, certain spices, etc., which is why we fully disclose all ingredients on the ingredient statement on our packaging. The packaging is the most accurate and up-to-date source for allergen and ingredient information.

 

Community member travel tip:

“Pack a loaf of gluten-free bread, some cheese and gluten-free lunch meat or jars of peanut butter and jelly with a cutting board and knife to make sandwiches on the way. Lots of good GF popcorns and chips, too.”

9. Jerky

Some of the favorite brands:

Krave

“None of the krave products contain gluten. Even our soy suce is gluten-free tamari. Please email us at info@KRAVEjerky.com if you have any additional gluten or allergy concerns”

Oberto

“All of our All Natural Jerky flavors are gluten free except Teriyaki Beef and Teriyaki Turkey.”

Pacific Gold

“The recipe that launched the brand, our Pacific Gold Original Beef Jerky is gluten free, has no preservatives and features premium steak with an irresistible smoky flavor.”

 

Community member travel tip:

“Pack things that don’t need refrigeration like rice cakes, apples, protein bars, etc. You can get a 4 pack of 8 fl oz almond milks that don’t need to be refrigerated to use with meal replacement powder. I always make sure whatever I pack has some protein in it to hold me over. Nut butters are the perfect way to get some protein. Gluten free jerky is also another option if you eat meat.”

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Currently planning a road trip? Here are some resources:

Find Me Gluten Free

Nima App: search GF restaurants and packaged foods

Search for your favorite travel snacks in the Nima app.

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