Top 6 Gluten-Free Supplies to Keep In Your Car

These days, a person’s car is a second home. Whether you’re in it for long commutes, road trips, or constant taxi-ing between school, soccer practice, and the grocery store, your car should be prepared for any gluten-free needs or roadside emergencies. Here are a few ideas for keeping your car gluten-free-ready, come what may:

1) Trail Mix, Nuts, Dried Fruit, or Jerky: Keeping a supply of shelf-stable gluten-free food in your car is a great idea for situations when you’re really hungry and don’t have the time to worry about checking labels or speaking to managers.

2) GF salad dressing packets and GF soy sauce packets: If all else fails, a salad is usually a safe bet at a restaurant, but they might not always have the gluten-free dressing you like. Keeping a small stock of your favorite salad dressings in individual packets will ensure that you can enjoy your meal anytime – even on the road. Never again be stuck with a dry salad – who really wants to eat unseasoned vegetables, anyway? And in case there’s no salad stop nearby, it’s good to have a back-up of GF soy sauce packets. These can add a tasty and salty bite to any meal when the sauces on hand at a restaurant may not be gluten-free.  

3) The Essential Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide and The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide: Keep these handy books in your car so that you can find gluten-free eats in any scenario. Whether you’re stopping at the drive-thru of a popular chain restaurant (the restaurant guide has gluten-free lists from over 120 of these), or running into the roadside grocery for an impromptu bite, you’ll be able to find gluten-free options quickly and easily.

4) Reusable Shopping Bag: If you’re doing a lot of grocery shopping, help the environment and invest in reusable shopping bags. Keep them in your trunk to avoid  repeating a mistake made many times before: buying reusable bags over and over (always with good intentions), only to forget them at home every time you go to the store.

5) Cooler: Keeping a small cooler in your trunk can be a great idea, because when traveling, you never know when you’ll find new gluten-free goodies to bring home! You can also stock a cooler with gluten-free treats to last you a whole day on the road, at work, or wherever else life finds you.

6) Dining Cards: With these in your car, you’ll always feel prepared to order gluten-free when dining out. Triumph sells them in ten different languages, so chefs and servers of any origins will be able to serve you up a gluten-free meal no matter where you are!

Any other gluten-free supplies that you always keep stocked in your car? Please share!


21 thoughts on “Top 6 Gluten-Free Supplies to Keep In Your Car”

  1. GREAT post! I hate when I get caught without a snack especially when it could have been easily avoided by just keeping some nuts or granola in my truck. I like the idea of soy sauce packets, but I can never seem to find the gluten free ones. Surprisingly enough (at least from what I can tell), Target brand soy sauce is gluten free. Take care!

  2. GREAT post! I hate when I get caught without a snack especially when it could have been easily avoided by just keeping some nuts or granola in my truck. I like the idea of soy sauce packets, but I can never seem to find the gluten free ones. Surprisingly enough (at least from what I can tell), Target brand soy sauce is gluten free. Take care!

  3. I always keep Larabars in car, in my bag in my desk at work. If I am in a bind they are the best. Where do you find gluten free soy sause packets???

  4. I always keep Larabars in car, in my bag in my desk at work. If I am in a bind they are the best. Where do you find gluten free soy sause packets???

  5. As a mom of a GF kid, I always carry Jolly Rancher lollipops in my purse. That way, if my child is offered candy of unknown gluten status at the bank, the hairdresser, or wherever, I can do a candy exchange with her.

    Alana, Double Hi Brand soy sauce is also gluten free, and I’ve actually seen these soy sauce packets provided by Chinese food restaurants. Read the label carefully though, because I believe the Double Hi company may also make some gluten-containing sauces. I don’t know how you can buy Double Hi soy sauce online without paying, like $15.00 for 500 packets or something.

    Maybe you could call around to local Chinese food restaurants and see if they have any Double Hi Brand soy sauce packets that they use in their take out bags?

  6. As a mom of a GF kid, I always carry Jolly Rancher lollipops in my purse. That way, if my child is offered candy of unknown gluten status at the bank, the hairdresser, or wherever, I can do a candy exchange with her.

    Alana, Double Hi Brand soy sauce is also gluten free, and I’ve actually seen these soy sauce packets provided by Chinese food restaurants. Read the label carefully though, because I believe the Double Hi company may also make some gluten-containing sauces. I don’t know how you can buy Double Hi soy sauce online without paying, like $15.00 for 500 packets or something.

    Maybe you could call around to local Chinese food restaurants and see if they have any Double Hi Brand soy sauce packets that they use in their take out bags?

  7. Amy’s Honey Mustard is an excellent product to keep in your car-works on sandwiches, as a salad dressing or as a dip….a great multi-tasker…

  8. Amy’s Honey Mustard is an excellent product to keep in your car-works on sandwiches, as a salad dressing or as a dip….a great multi-tasker…

  9. I always carry a small pairing knife in my car and sanitizing wipes, I never know when I’ll run into a chunk of cheese, fruit or vege that needs a little quick prep to turn it into a snack…sanitizing wipes are great to “clean” the knife until I can really wash it….

  10. I always carry a small pairing knife in my car and sanitizing wipes, I never know when I’ll run into a chunk of cheese, fruit or vege that needs a little quick prep to turn it into a snack…sanitizing wipes are great to “clean” the knife until I can really wash it….

  11. Kind bars are my favorite gluten free on the go snack. Which by the way is on sale at Hiller’s grocery this week for one dollar! Also, a good on the go snack is Old Wisconsin Turkey sticks. Not only are they gluten free, but a good source of protein. I don’t know about everyone else. But, my blood sugar can drop pretty fast sometimes. This snack will hold you for a long time. Take care everyone and enjoy.

  12. Kind bars are my favorite gluten free on the go snack. Which by the way is on sale at Hiller’s grocery this week for one dollar! Also, a good on the go snack is Old Wisconsin Turkey sticks. Not only are they gluten free, but a good source of protein. I don’t know about everyone else. But, my blood sugar can drop pretty fast sometimes. This snack will hold you for a long time. Take care everyone and enjoy.

  13. Gluten Free To Go offers great Allergy Friendly Snack Packs in 4 varieties that are gluten free. 2 of the packs are top 8 allergen free (wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish), but the other 2 contain soy.

    These would be great to keep in the car, as an emergency supply. They do not require refrigeration and are shelf stable. The bags are resealable to preserve freshness too. Please visit our web-site, Facebook page (Gluten Free To Go) and tweet about us (gfreetogo). Thanks.

  14. Gluten Free To Go offers great Allergy Friendly Snack Packs in 4 varieties that are gluten free. 2 of the packs are top 8 allergen free (wheat, milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish), but the other 2 contain soy.

    These would be great to keep in the car, as an emergency supply. They do not require refrigeration and are shelf stable. The bags are resealable to preserve freshness too. Please visit our web-site, Facebook page (Gluten Free To Go) and tweet about us (gfreetogo). Thanks.

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