Life Update and Pack with me for Holidays

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Hi and welcome back.

I thought we could discuss something a little different today; what I pack for a holiday and how I pack for a trip. My blog up until this point has focused mainly on the food side to a gluten free life. While this is the biggest difference and biggest change we need to make to our lives, it doesn’t mean our lives stop and that took me a long time to realise. I want to show and talk to you not only about food, but the life that goes on around my constant obsession with food. I am a Living Coeliac and as the great saying goes:

There is so much more to life than just food, but it is a good place to start.


I hope you enjoy these more chatty, informal blogs and gives you a chance to get to know me better. If you have anything you would like me to discuss, or any blogs you would like to see, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-

Check Itinery

My biggest tip I can give you when it comes to packing for a trip, is to know your itinerary. There were so many times in the past where I would pack the clothes I wanted to wear, only to get to my destination and find out I had the wrong clothes. Case in point: I once went on a trip where it included a 5 mile hike around the area and I had packed just my trainers. Which would have been fine except the walk involved crossing a stream and my shoes weren’t waterproof. I ended up spending the rest of the trip grumpy and cold because I couldn’t feel my toes and then it took days for my shoes to dry so I ended up walking around Scotland in ballet pumps during Winter – not my best move. For my cruise, I checked the itinerary first and when I realised I needed closed toe shoes for zip lining, I made sure I had a pair in my luggage.

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Chrissi from LivingCoeliac on board Azura

Check Weather

Leading on from my last point, make sure you check the weather before you go. There is nothing worse than getting to a destination where the weather is beautiful and sunny and all you have packed is jeans and jumpers. Again, I have made that mistake when we visited Brugge 2 years ago so make sure you are prepared. After completing my no-spend challenge last year, I am conscious of the impact of fast fashion on the environment so am reluctant to buy clothes if I don’t need to. You can read more about my no-spend challenge here. Also, it means you don’t have to take up space in your luggage for extra clothes so you have more space to bring home souvenirs – like chocolate :-).

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Coconut Grove beach in Antigua


Now being a gluten free blogger, I couldn’t mention food when I am packing for any trips I am going on. I would highly recommend doing research before you travel anywhere – both the destination and how you are travelling there. You can find my previous blog posts on travel here. I also always make sure I bring gluten free snack bars with me so I can take them with me when we go out exploring. My go-to options have to be the Kind bars (sea salt and caramel for the win!), orange popcorn bars or Nairns gluten free biscuit bars. They are light but filling enough to tide me over until we find a place that serves gluten free food.

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Gluten free muffin and drink

Make a list

My final tip for packing for a trip, and something I always do whenever I travel, is to make a list. I write the items down as I pack them then take a photo on my phone. It works great in making sure I don’t forget something important (like my phone charger) and I don’t end up over-packing on items (such as 3 pairs of heels because I know I have already packed 2 pairs). It is also really helpful on the journey home to make sure I haven’t missed anything when I am tired and don’t want to be leaving. You can find some amazing lists on Pinterest. I have a board on travelling so I will leave my Pinterest linked here.

There you go! My tips for packing when travelling. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have any travel recommendations, please let me know in the comments below. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss any future blog posts. Next blog coming Thursday so stay tuned.



I'm Chrissi, a lover of all things food. I love re-creating and adapting recipes so they are gluten free, looking for new gluten free places to eat and more -x-

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