Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Travel: How to Select a Hotel

This is the first article in a multipart series on gluten-free and grain-free travel.

I was going to put all of this info in one article, but as I got started writing, I realized there was soooo much to cover. So this first article is going to concentrate on what I find useful when I will be staying in a hotel on your trip. These are just some things that I do, but please remember that I am in no way an expert, and am not saying you should do this as well.

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I’m ready to go…

Where to Stay

Let’s face it, we don’t always have a choice of where we are going to stay when we travel. Sometimes I’ve had to stay in a certain hotel because of a work meeting or conference, or ended up at a particular resort on vacation because it was the only one in the area that accepted my travel points.

But when I do have a choice, I opt for a hotel with a full kitchen that includes a fridge, microwave, and stove. My next choice is a kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, and/or range top. At the very least, if I have a choice, I insist on a fridge. I check hotel websites, and call to verify. One person’s “kitchen” is another person’s “microwave available upon request.”

When I have to stay in a hotel without a fridge, I pack along a portable cooler (I have a collapsible one that can fold flat and fit in a suitcase), or buy a cheap cooler when I get there, and make liberal use of the hotel ice machine. Sure, it’s a bit of a pain, but so is being sick. Having a cooler is also nice if I’m going to be driving and sightseeing, because I can toss it in the back seat of the rental car and always have safe food along

That’s how I deal with hotel stays. Up next in the travel series: What to pack on a trip so you don’t starve to death.

What are some survival tips you rely on when you stay in hotels? Please share them in the comments! I’d love to learn additional tricks to make traveling easier.

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I've been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you're gluten-free, it's even better!
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