Traveling with special diets

I considered myself to be a pretty healthy eater until this past Tuesday when I attended a lecture called “Special Diets for Special Children.” As if traveling and eating healthy wasn’t hard enough, now I’m faced with traveling and supporting a special diet for my kids. Talk about pre-planning.


Let me just say that as I listened to this seasoned nutritionist talk about all the junk that we put into our bodies, a lot of which we THINK is good for us, and all the stuff that I serve my kids that may be inhibiting them from functioning at their best, I wanted to cry. I literally had to take a few conscious breaths to keep from losing my composure in a room full of strangers. I’m sure they would have all understood since most of them had been at that starting place where I was, but I don’t normally cry in front of people. I’m just not a pretty cryer. But I digress…

Last year, when I changed my diet and nutrition habits, I shed 50 pounds. My healthy lifestyle became my family’s new lifestyle. It made traveling more of a challenge because I wasn’t willing to stop at just any fast food restaurant when we went on road trips. I pressured my husband to time our stops where we could sit down to eat as it ensured my kids would get some vegetables and have non-fried options. My packing lists became more extensive; it took me longer to grab snacks for the road; I invested in special food bags; and in general, eating became more of a focal point.

GFCF diet

Now I am switching my boys to a GFCF diet and it is stressing me out. Figuring out what to feed them at home is enough of a challenge but to think about traveling and feeding them accordingly makes me want to cancel all vacation plans and burn my AAA card. What!? The restrictions are unbelievable but necessary, and unfortunately families that have children on special diets do not have many appropriate fast-food options when they travel. At least, I can’t think of any just yet as this is all new to me.

I guess when we hit the road or the skies, that’s when we will really see what preparation and planning is all about. The traveling with kids playing field has officially changed.


  1. Jennifer@ The Mommy Mambo says

    I’m not sure I’d ever leave the house if I had to pack food with me! :) You are dedicated!
    I need to get dedicated to eating right. 50lbs is awesome. However did you do it!?

    Thx for stopping by my place. I joined you too.

    • worldtravelmom says

      It does take a bit more pre-planning and preparation but I just take myself back to the days that I’d have to pack a diaper bag when my kids were younger and I had to pack them bottles etc. I like knowing that I’m in control of when and what we eat when I have our food packed. Takes a little getting used to but my boys (and my waistline) definitely appreciate me for it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Betty (bcatgray) says

    Either I don’t travel enough or never made the extra effort to plan our meals while traveling. I’m so chaotic up until we’ve hit the state line that I tend to totally throw the eating habits right out the window. But I’m sure that if I did take time to do this, we wouldn’t have the tummy troubles that always seem to appear when we travel. Eating at the fast food establishments can be so hard on our and our little ones’ bodies. Thanks for the pep talk. I’m definitely going to take more time the next road trip.

    • worldtravelmom says

      Yeah Betty, it really does just take some pre-planning but if you keep the packing list consistent and handy you will not go wrong and you will spare you all’s systems (and wallets).

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