Tips for traveling on the Autoimmune Protocol!
I know for many of us there can be a lot of anxiety around traveling. Maybe you’ve never traveled on AIP before or you suffer from panic attacks related to flying. Traveling can be stressful on its own, let alone trying to do it while healing from an autoimmune disease. With some planning and self-care though, a stress-free travel experience is indeed possible!
Tips for planning your trip
- Try to stay somewhere that you’ll have access to a kitchen. That way you can cook while you’re there. Airbnb is great for this, but some hotels also have kitchens. If that’s not a possibility, no worries. It’s still entirely possible to make it work, I’ve done it!
- Meal plan and prep beforehand. Make a grocery list. Plan out the foods you’re going to make. I usually stick to the basics (think roasted or steamed veggies, and shredded chicken.)
- If you’re planning to eat out, call restaurants ahead of time. Do your research and make sure the restaurant will be able to accommodate your needs.
- Take care of yourself in the weeks leading up to travel. Ideally, you are taking time for self-care all the time, but I know things get busy and we miss that yoga class and that meditation goes out the window. Try to emphasize self-care before your trip and during your trip as well.
- Make sure you have all the things you need ahead of time (packing lists are essential here!) If there’s something you need to buy, like a cooler to bring food to the airport, make sure to take care of that in advance. You can bring ice packs and food through security at the airport. Yes-you can bring food through security (I had no idea!), just plan 5-10 extra minutes as they will likely go through your food bag.
Foods and Snacks to Bring
- EPIC bars
- Plantain chips
- Single-serving collagen
- Seasnax seaweed
- Frozen soups (you can bring liquids on the plane as long as they're frozen solid)
- Roasted veggies
- Frozen meatballs
I always pack a meal or two for the plane and transit time. I love to bring salads with a simple protein like chicken or turkey, roasted veggies, and avocado. I focus on packing some solid meals so I don’t have to rely on all the snack-y foods, but it’s nice to have some plantain chips and avocado if I get hungry!
Foods to Buy When You Arrive
- Nut butter (if you've reintroduced)
- Coconut butter
- AIP compliant lunch meat
- Coconut yogurt
- Greens like spinach or arugula
- Olive oil
These are just a few staples that I can use to through together a quick meal (greens + roasted veggies + lunchmeat or meatballs + olive oil as dressing!)
Other Travel Items:
- Lunchbox-great for days on your vacation when you’re out and about.
- Cooler bag-for packing some prepped food on the plane with you.
- Stasher bags or plastic bags (I try to avoid plastic on a daily basis, but just do the best you can!) I love my glassware and I often still pack it, but it’s heavy and not ideal since it could break.
Other items to support sleep and emotional well-being:
- Essential oils-I love citrus oils to help me feel at ease, and cedarwood to help me relax at night.
- Crystals-having a crystal stashed in my purse makes me feel like I have a little piece of home with me. It helps me feel grounded.
- Journal-always a good thing to have. Writing down your feelings can really help you de-stress.
- Earplugs! I’m a light sleeper so these are a must for me.
- Thick socks and a blanket scarf in case the plane is cold.
Most importantly, don’t worry about everything needing to be perfect. Do the best you can and let the rest go. Traveling can be fun and exciting! Focus on your happiness. Focus on enjoying your life. You’ve got this!
Thanks so much for reading! Safe travels, my friend! <3