July and August are going down as one of our family’s most adventurous summers yet! We have had multiple road trips. We’ve seen the sights of Ottawa, Old Quebec City, Ohio, Collingwood, Strathroy and Sauble Beach. While travel is fun, it can also get expensive and options on the road are often not as healthy as this mama would like. I also have a son who is gluten and dairy sensitive. Stopping at your average gas station/fast food spot poses multiple issues.
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Before every road trip, I pull out the cooler and make sure that we have fresh fruit, veggies & hummus, rice crackers, granola bars, raw nuts and lots of water. This year I even made fruit gummies for our trip. Click here for recipe.
I do look ahead of time for local restaurants that offer gluten and dairy free options so that we have a plan. I also like to look for grocery stores to supplement what we bring. Once we arrive, we ask around for suggestions. Who knows the local area better than the folks who live there? At our hotel in Old Quebec City, we asked for gluten free suggestions and were given a whole list of options that made our stay a little easier.
While holidays are fantastic, we often forget to do things we would normally do simply because we are out of routine. Drinking enough water usually falls by the way side. Bring your reusable water bottle and make sure you fill it up several times during the day. Many people struggle with constipation while away from home. Drinking enough water (and taking a shelf stable probiotic) goes a long way to keeping you regular while on the road and helps you ward of dehydration.
Bringing along breakfast is a huge money and time saver! Pack instant oatmeal and use the in room coffee maker for hot water. Add in fruit, granola and yogurt and you have some great options for your morning meal. Most hotels have small fridges to keep things cold. Even if they don’t, they are sure to have ice machines to keep your perishables safe. This one strategy can save at least $140.00 for a week long holiday. ($20 per breakfast for a family of 4/week)
Enjoy the local delicacies.
This summer on our Old Quebec adventure, it was a family priority to try poutine and chocolate croissants. I didn’t sweat it though. I know how my family normally eats. Because of this, I didn’t worry about it. We enjoyed it thoroughly knowing that vegetables and fruit make a regular appearance in our diet. The fact that we sourced gluten and dairy free poutine at Poutineville was an added reason to have it twice during our holiday!