Glutenfree Holidays Ahead!

Glutenfree Holidays Ahead!

After clicking the final ‘approve’ on a website of the Elsevier journals on Saturday 2nd August, my summer holidays finally started.

What do we do now

We drive to see my parents in Ustka :-)

I miss them so much :(. Although, Arnhem feels like home, the one and the only real home will always stay in Ustka. No other place in the world can make me feel like I’m 18 again. Pure relax, pure peace, no stress, no worries, no obligations, no tasks, no to do lists!

What first

Every time we go on holidays, I am running around trying to leave our house clean and organized. On the last moment, I usually realize I forgot to buy something or that the clothes I want to take with me are still in the summer boxes or in a laundry basket etc. To have it all under control, I developed ‘making lists’ system. Planning, cleaning, shopping and packing. I think it is a good idea to keep these lists on a blog. Perhaps, it helps someone. For sure, I will make use of them the next time we go on holidays. Please keep in mind, I made these lists based on my own holidays (mostly). We travel by car this summer, means I don’t need to worry about extra suitcase and papers allowing me to take it to the plane.

Below lists might be especially useful to someone

  • traveling by car
  • going to visit family
  • taking own pet along
  • eating glutenfree
  • feeling overwhelmed by planning and packing suitcases on holidays


Things to do before you leave on holidays

  1. Once you already know your destination, make a list of things you want to take with you
    • Glutenfree food to take with you as an emergency food (if you know already that you won’t be able to buy anything locally)
    • Glutenfree food to enjoy during the roadtrip (flight, train ride etc.)
    • Documents
    • Medicines /First aid kit
    • Clothes
    • Accessories
    • Stuffs for dog
    • Entertainment
    • Presents for parents
    • Cosmetics
    • Suitcase
    • Car, bikes, BBQ, GF pan etc.
    • Other
  2. Check the above list for
    • What needs to be washed – and do laundry
    • What do you need to buy – and go shopping
    • What you prefer to buy at the spot (e.g. certain cosmetics, toaster etc.)
    • What do you need to find on attic, summer/winter boxes etc. – and collect these things
    • What do you want to cook/bake – for Celiacs it is not such a strange ‘to do’ task as it might seem to others
    • Papers, documents, tickets etc.
    • Check exploration dates on your documents like passport or driving license
    • Research what local glutenfree brands exist at your destination, which GF products are available; it is handy to page the local Celiac’s Forums and blogs – based on that you can decide how much emergency GF food you need to take with you
    • Copy movies/series/books on your devices (if needed)
  1. Check your calendar and make sure there are no appointments scheduled within the period when you plan to be away. If necessary, make some phone calls/emails to reschedule.
  2. Make sure that your work place is informed about your holidays and that there are no urgent tasks scheduled during your absence. If so, find replacement if possible/required.
  3. Don’t forget to set automatic reply in your work-mailbox.
  4.  If you have pets which you do not take on holidays with you – find someone who will take care of them.
  5. Roadtrip: check if the maps on your navigation system are updated
  6. Check your fridge and other fresh foods that you stock in house. Try to use all the foods that won’t be good after you come back. You can freeze some of these things or give it away.
  7. Something I always do: change bed linen so when you come back, your bed is clean and fresh :-)
  8. Just before you leave
    • Make sure you packed all what is on your ‘to be taken’ list
    • Close all windows, doors, gates at home and garden
    • Water your plants generously and if necessary place them in colder, shadowy place
    • Make sure there is nothing in your garden that can cause any damage in case of bad weather (a garden-umbrella, summer roof etc.)
    • Make sure that your work (papers and thoughts) stays at home
    • Disconnect all electronics from the power supply
    • Eat decent meal before you leave house unless you plan to dine glutenfree somewhere on the way
    • Prepare and pack food/drinks on the way


Every time I need to travel I wonder what to put into my luggage. A thought crossed my mind that if I write it down now and save it for the future I might have it easier next time. This is why – a list of things that I always take with me on holidays.


  • Food bag (cooling bag from ikea)
  • Water – small bottles
  • GF buns (ciabatta from Schar) with smoked, glutenfree ham
  • Boiled eggs
  • Fruits: apples, bananas
  • Veggie snacks: cucumbers, carrots
  • Other snacks: homemade cookies, nuts, chips
  • GF, dry mini-sausages from AH
  • Coffee/tea pot
  • Paper towels
  • 2 forks, 2 spoons, 1 knife
  • Empty plastic bag as garbage



  • GF bread and/or crackers
  • GF oat flakes (other breakfast mixes)
  • GF cookies
  • GF pasta (if not possible to buy at destination)

emergencyfood COSMETICS

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Shower gel (or shower gel with shampoo in one)
  • Face cream
  • Teeth paste
  • Teeth brush
  • Hair brush
  • Mascara
  • Deodorant, perfume
  • Shaving knives
  • Balsam or body oil
  • Nail fail
  • Tweezers
  • Sanitary pads
  • Make-up (if you use it)


  • Laptop/tablet (+ a charger)
  • Book / ebook (+ a charger)
  • Phone (+ a charger)
  • Camera (+ a charger)
  • A cable to connect your device(s) to laptop if necessary
  • Other (depending on a destination and a purpose of your travel)
    • inflatable mattress
    • diving accessories (or other beach accessories if wanted)
    • hiking accessories (if needed)
    • other


  • Undershirts
  • Tshirts no sleeve
  • Tshirts/blouses short sleeve
  • Tshirts/blouses long sleeve
  • Sweatshirt
  • Sweater/jacket
  • Trousers/jeans
  • Shorts
  • Summer skirt
  • Summer dress
  • Rain coat/summer jacket
  • Socks
  • Summer tights/stockings
  • Bra’s and undies
  • Swimming suit
  • Pajama
  • Jogging clothes
  • Party outfit (if you plan to join some)
  • Some special occasion outfit (depends on a purpose of your trip)
  • Destination related outfit (depends on destination and a purpose of your trip: horse riding, diving suit, other sports, etc.)


  • A hand bag or/and a backpack
  • Belts
  • Summer shawl
  • Sun glasses
  • Summer hat (useful if you go hiking)
  • Reading glasses/lenses (if u wear one)
  • Shoes (yes, we need more than 1 pair; no, not only to look pretty; shoes have different functions!)
    • Sandals or/and flip-flops
    • Rainproof shoes
    • Hiking shoes (if needed)
    • Training shoes (if needed)


  • Passport
  • Dog’s passport
  • Insurance pass
  • Money (I always have a small amount of local currency for emergency, coffee, WC etc.)
  • Road trip related – car papers, ANWB pass, possibly cash for toll-roads

o   Check the car:

      • oil level
      • cooling liquid level
      • window wash fluid level
      • spare tire
      • tires air pressure
      • spare lamps
      • first aid kit
  • Public transport – tickets, OV card
  • Address of your destination
  • Booking confirmation (hotels, flight etc.)
  • Printed tickets if ordered online (e.g. once, we ordered tickets to Eiffel Tower online to avoid the long waiting line)


  • Medicines (thyroid hormones, vit D)
  • First aid: painkiller,plaster, etc.
  • Tissues, wet tissues
  • Dog’s passport, dog’s bowl, dog’s blanket, a leash, dog’s food. Go to vet –  make sure that dog got all necessary vaccination
  • House key
  • GF kitchen utensils e.g. frying pan, pot, toaster (or anti-contamination bags), colander, dish-sponge, aluminum foil or closed containers (if needed)
  • In my case: a list of things I want to buy in Poland and take with me to The Netherlands.

This is how I plan and how I prepare myself and everything else to leave on holidays. Would you like to share your tricks and tips?



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