Gluten free traveling is a challenging experience that can be more safely navigated if you pack snacks. Yes, you could pick up a bag of sugar laden candy at a gas station, but soon the sight of sweets will make you gag. Besides, they aren’t giving you the nutrition you need to power through your trip! If you are thinking of grabbing a bag of nuts or trail mix, you should think again or at very least double check the label. Many of those snacks are processed in plants with wheat, making cross contamination an issue.
Thinking ahead is key, so figure out how many snacks or meal replacements you’ll need per day and pack accordingly. I tend to pack two for each day I’m gone, one in case I can’t find a banana for breakfast (because the majority of Continental breakfast foods are off limits, including eggs in most cases since they often add wheat to keep them fluffy while they sit out) and a second for a general snack during a hectic day.
Getting back on track…I discovered another Costco gem located by my go-to KIND Bars (which are always in my purse) by 180 Snacks that immediately struck me as perfect for this purpose. If you haven’t heard of 180 Snacks, there may be a good reason. It is currently going through a rebranding from its original name, Mareblu Naturals, which was founded by Michael Kim in 2004. With the belief that people needed to do a 180 on their snacking views, the name was updated to reflect this outlook.
The 180 Snacks variety box includes three flavors, Cashew Crunch, Blueberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Crunch and Cranberry Pomegranate Trail Mix Crunch, which are individual packs of slightly sweet and salty nut clusters. In addition to their convenient package size, they are gluten free, wheat free, kosher, vegan, dairy free, peanut free, cholesterol free and preservatives free. How much more can you ask for?! What are your munchies of choice for trips?
I’ve also had their Almond Pops! Mainly puffed rice with some fruit and almonds, but I like them too!