|Our favorite "cooler" backpacks for traveling. We love them so much |
that we bought three. They are fully lined and have collapsible cooler
bags: perfect for carrying a whole day's worth of meals and snacks
that need to stay cold. For this trip, we used flat ice packs, and bags of
frozen blueberries, which we enjoyed the following morning for breakfast.
I was super nervous before and during our recent trip away from home. How does a family eat safely on the road when both mother and children have multiple food allergies? Baby Brother, at 18 months, has several known and confirmed allergies: wheat, dairy, garlic, banana, avocado, peas and almonds (so assuming peanuts and tree nuts). Wouldn't you think that I'd rather not travel and be home in my own kitchen? Yes, I much prefer to be home with my Thermomix, our own cooking utensils and our stocked fridge and pantry. Airplanes, restaurants and socializing are some of the major sources of stress in my life, but they are also part of traveling. Next time we go anywhere, it will be a must to have a kitchen wherever we stay. For this recent trip, we didn't have that necessity; however, I found ways to safely eat. As you can imagine, we do not improvise anything about food so there, as always, was a lot of planning involved. As I reflect on the nerves involved in this trip away from home, I realize that the allergy stress is compounding with each new ingredient to be avoided. I have a lot of fear about food these days, a whole new sense of vulnerability and loss of joy. Here is a series of photos with captions explaining our meals and snacks.
|I take along my apricot and coconut bliss balls when I travel|
or am out for several hours. They travel nicely with an ice pack
and are great any time of day
|Baby Brother's first meal cooked by someone other than his mom|
And at a restaurant. Not just any restaurant, but Blue Ginger.
Yes, a dream come true!
I will be posting one of these daysabout our experience