Gluten free car journeys with children

Gluten free car journeys with children

Long car journeys with children can be tricky but with a bit of preparation and some suggestions from Schär, which are guaranteed to be gluten free, bad moods need never be an issue when you are on the way to your holiday destination.

  • Small children in particular often react sensitively if you disturb their routine. You should therefore consider your little ones’ sleeping and eating habits even when you are on route. On no account should you take the children out of their car seats when they are asleep; your offspring should never be in the car without their seatbelts on.
  • Even though you have air conditioning, consider that the little ones need protection from the sun: The sun shades that can be attached to the windows using a suction cup are amusing to look at and keep the worst of the heat at bay.
  • One thing that is really important is provisions. Fruit is great to take on a journey because it is easy to digest and does not sit heavily in the stomach. Lovingly prepared gluten-free bread rolls, such as Ciabatta or Panini Rolls from Schär, which can be filled with all kinds of delicious ingredients, are also ideal.
  • The Schär Custard Creams, Bourbon Biscuits and Chocolix bar are portion packed and ideal to pop in your hand-bag. Or for a savoury alternative a bag of Pretzels is bound to keep the hunger pangs at bay!
  • You must always make sure you have enough drinks with you on longer journeys; diluted fruit juices and lightly sugared tea are better than sweet fizzy drinks. Really cold drinks should not be given to children because they have sensitive stomachs.

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  • Make sure that you keep having breaks along the way; before you set off find out which service stations and restaurants along your route serve gluten-free food. Also, children can let off steam much better in the play area of the nearest town than they can at a crowded motorway service station. And a break for a bit of movement is good for the adults as well.
  • Ensure that the children have plenty to keep them occupied with reading, drawing, writing or listening. A tape recorder with audio books is ideal for younger children (and even easier on the nerves if they use headphones), and the older ones could bring along their GameBoy or MP3 player. But be careful not to go overboard with playing on the GameBoy or reading in the car, because children can easily start feeling sick. A good idea would be to get a few surprises before the journey and give them to the children along the way. This will be sure to bring a smile to their faces.
  • Guessing games and puzzles that the whole family can take part in are also great, for example number plate games, counting cars of specific colours or from certain countries, making words from the letters on number plates etc. Older children often enjoy following the route themselves on their own map.
  • If younger travellers really start to feel ill then travel sickness medication that you can buy from the pharmacy before you leave should do the trick. But it is best to have a bag ready in case of an emergency…
  • If you are really at your wit’s end then try swapping places, visit the youngsters on the back seat to chat, cuddle and play games or sing a little song – this will relax you all and is great for stopping bad moods.