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Renaye

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Hello, everyone!

I am going on a trip to watch my son play baseball this Wednesday and will be gone for 5 days.  We are traveling with the team and may not know what we are doing for meals since baseball times are based on whether you win or lose.   I really feel embarrassed going out with the team because they usually decide on a place that I am unable to eat at.  I am gluten, dairy, egg, peanut and now soy free and am really stressed on what foods to pack.  If we have multiple games then my family will eat at the ballpark so I will need to fix something that I can eat cold.  Any food ideas?  I really don't want to prepare and pack a ton of food since we only have a small frig and microwave in the hotel room.  Any suggestions are appreciated.  Thanks!

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Bring a good sized cooler with you. One with wheels. Pack it with sandwich fixins, tuna macaroni salad, chips. Also bring along some Udi's frozen chicken florentine, white lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs(Udi's). You'll be stuffed and happy.

An example of a good cooler.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BYDG3BM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Don't forget the ice.

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I complied a good list of foods that are gluten free certain brand feature stuff that is also dairy, and egg free,

https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/117090-gluten-free-food-alternatives-list/

 

If you have a microwave I might suggest getting nordicware microwave cookware. I keep a set of it in my to go kit when I am out at hotels (also bring a griddle) Nordic ware makes bacon cookers, grilling trays (for the microwave), steam trays, rice cookers. etc all work with a microwave. Then you can stop by the store wherever and just get fresh veggies and meats in cook them that way, bacon, deli meats, etc. You would be amazed what you can do with gluten-free deli meats (chopped into noodles, stir fry, etc) and you can bring easy mixes, any gluten-free breads you can bring, canned meats, veggies etc. I always keep emergency meal bars and meal replacement shakes handy also.   I also used to get steamfresh veggies bags (there was a huge CC issues with birdeye when they started making sauced versions) I make my own now with food saver vacuum bags and seasonings/marinades then just stab holes in them and zap them for instant meals.  Nuts, Seeds, dried fruits are also great snacking options look up Gerbs Allergen Friendly foods for safe peanut free snack mixes and for nuts blue diamond makes peanut free ones last I checked, I buy in bulk form alddrin bro almonds (no peanuts CC) and from a another company that does organic almonds only.

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I would invest in a five day cooler like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Quart-Xtreme-Wheeled-Cooler/dp/B000G64FJK/ref=pd_sim_468_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B000G64FJK&pd_rd_r=N2V9496FJKNXSQ7R7NKV&pd_rd_w=xgvMJ&pd_rd_wg=ChZaC&psc=1&refRID=N2V9496FJKNXSQ7R7NKV

Yeah, it is bigger, but it has more insulation.  Prepare ice blocks from 1/2  or 1 gallon milk or juice jugs and add with ice from the hotel.  The cubed ice will last longer.  Take a smaller cooler to carry out to the games. Park in the shade.  

I drag my cooler into the fanciest of hotels.  

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Thanks for the suggestions!  It is difficult to travel and always raises my anxiety about eating with others.  Here is what I have planned.  Tomorrow I am cooking a few chicken breasts and hamburgers to take along.  I have gluten-free buns.  I have one taco soup in the freezer that I will possibly take.  I may also take some lunch meat and spinach to make a salad.  I saw a recipe for quinoa salad with black beans and you can add in some veggies that may try that instead of macaroni salad since cold macaroni always gets hard.  I plan on mostly cold things since I found out the hotel is 45 minutes away from the field.  I am taking chips, dried figs, nuts, potato and sweet potato to microwave and granola bars.  Breakfast is always a challenge with not being able to eat eggs so I have oatmeal, banana bread, yogurt and cereal to take.  Hoping for good, shady weather with low stress and many baseball wins!!

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