Traveling with Severe Food Allergies & Money Saving Tips

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Imagine what it would be like to be on constant alert of coming in contact with a particular food that could cause a severe allergic reaction or death. The concern is justified. A fair share of co-workers, friends and family believe it’s hogwash; you are simply over-reacting and paranoid. The threat is real. You know what it feels like to almost die from accidentally touching a dog biscuit that is flavor enhanced by peanut butter. 

For a growing number of people, this is not something they have to imagine – they are living it.

Years ago when I was a single mother of two teenage sons, I had to be conscious of how I spent money. We loved to travel near and far. Who knew what I learned then to save money so we could explore our grand region would evolve into traveling “safe” for me now.

Join me “on the road” as I share my money saving tips and several of the adjustments I’ve made when I travel.

  • What type of accommodation I suggest
  • How I save money on food by packing for the ride
  • Which meals make in advance and freeze
  • How I save money on ice for the coolers
  • Tips for family gathering meals
  • What I purchase at the local grocery store versus at the gas station convenient store
  • Advice I have for those dining in restaurants with food allergies/intollerences

Thank you for joining me on the road and in my virtual kitchen. Stay connected by subscribing to this podcast, the UnBox Your Kitchen Newsletter and Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine.

Let’s eat!
C.K. Kochis, INHC

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How do you save money when you travel?

Share your tips for traveling with severe food allergies and intollerences in the comment section below.

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6 Responses

  1. Great podcast Cindy! As someone with a gluten allergy, I often travel with my own gluten free snacks on my trips as well. I even pack them in my checked suitcase when flying out of the country…just in case I can’t find them in stores there. For some, such as yourself, this is a serious issue. Thanks for giving such great suggestions!

  2. Because I love Asian food, I always have to ask when I go out to eat what kind of oil they use to cook in, especially stir-fry. You’d be surprised how many of them fry in peanut oil. Being allergic to peanuts, I have to cross those restaurants off my list. Also, needs and nuts (walnuts, cashews, etc) make great snacks, travel well in baggies, and are a wonderful source of protein and vitamins.

  3. And I thought that being GF was challenging — whew! What an organized and inspiring woman you are! Thank you for sharing your tips. 🙂

  4. Several members of this family have severe food allergies or sensitivities so traveling can be stressful. I’ll be sure to pass along your tips.

  5. My family has many food sensitivities so we always pack food we can enjoy on vacations and stay at places with kitchens so we can prepare our own food. Thank you for this great post!

  6. Great tips for this important and challenging issue! thanks for all the great information!

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