I know that spending ten days away from my kitchen means that I will be sometimes dependant on others for the safety of my meals. I know that my health is my responsibility, but I just can’t see a way around sometimes eating food that others have prepared for me! This is why I have created my:
Travel Emergency Kit
To prepare for dining on the road, I have packed two pieces of equipment that I will need for survival:
My first piece of equipment is something called a Chefs card. I got this idea from Sloane Miller in her book Allergic Girl, and think it is brilliant. I find it very awkward trying to explain my dairy, egg, and beef intolerances, in addition to my need to follow a FODMAP diet. I have made up my own card, trying to make it as simple as possible:
My plan is to hand this to the server. I feel very badly about using the word ‘allergy’, becaue there are people out there who truly have life-threatening allergies, and I don’t want to take away from them in any way. However, I worry that using the word ‘intolerant’ will be translated by the server into ‘fussy eater’ and not taken as seriously as I need it to be. A little bit of butter and I am not responsible for what happens to the floor of their washroom!
My second piece of equipment is a true travel emergency kit. I’ve done some thinking and have decided that if I were to have a reaction to food eaten in a restaurant, I just need to get back to the hotel room. So, to deal with the immediate diarrhea, I’ll pack a change of underwear and pants or shorts. To attempt to clean up a bit, I’ll pack extra wipes or keleenex, and some hand sanitizer. To try and manage a car ride back to the hotel, I’ll include some sanitary napkins to line my underwear. To try and halt the crisis, I’ll include some pepto bismol or immodium. I also included a small grocery bag to store anything soiled that I want to keep, but my plan is just to toss any clothing that gets damaged, as I can’t really see doing much laundry in the hotel room.
I did stand in the grocery store for a while, looking at the adult diapers. Previously, the thought of wearing these really would have been a non-starter with me, but now that I’m thinking of the possibility of fighting diarrhea in our car, the idea is starting to grow on me. I wish they sold them in individual travel packs. I know there’s a commercial on right now where you can have a sample sent to you, but I don’t have time for that. In the end I decided to try and make it without this resource on hand.
To try and disguise this collection, I purchased a cute gold travel kit and managed to stuff everything in to it. To disguise this travel emergency kit, I purchased a new purse that I have christened ‘my travel purse’. The emergency kit fits snugly in the bottom of this deep purse, and I can tore my wallet, etc, on top. It’s extra to lug around, but at least now I’m prepared.
In addition to this emergency travel kit, I’m also going to throw in a zip-loc bag with a roll of toilet paper and another grocery ‘garbage’ bag into the car somewhere where I can get at it easily.
So, armed with my meal planning, kitchen in a cooler, chef cards and emergency travel kit, I think I’m ready as I’ll ever be to hit the open road…
I’ll let you know how it goes…..