Last minute checks

Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

Courtesy of bbc.co.uk

With the countdown started and just days to go, it’s all come down to those last minute checks and the final packing for our holidays.  I am the queen of lists when it comes to going on holiday, especially when travelling with M and G and this year was no exception, though I have to confess that four pages of lists is a whole new record! The clothes were quickly sorted and I got to my main challenge: the suitcase of M-friendly foods and all his medicines.

My biggest concern was ensuring we have enough safe snacks with us for at least a few days as I’m not certain about what will be easily available once we get to the “House of the Mouse”.  I don’t want to over-cater as I have no intention of bringing a suitcase of food back home with us, but I did need to be reassured that M would have enough to eat.  I spoke to our lovely GOSH dietitian to seek her advice about the availability of free-from foods in the USA and she advised consulting the UK Coeliac Society website as a starting point as to where we might be able to buy them.

onlineshopI also did some on-line research and discovered that an option I hadn’t even considered might be a great place to start – an on-line grocery shop.  This is still a fairly new phenomenon in North America as I know from our Canadian family and friends, but I found that I could arrange for a food order to be delivered directly to our hotel on the day of our arrival,  which would instantly reduce the need for Mike and me to find a supermarket straight away.  I investigated a couple of options and settled on the Garden Grocer delivery service. This is not affiliated to one particular supermarket chain and for a little extra cost, they will visit more than one shop to find everything you need.

The website is not as slick as the ones I’m used to using at home – I am a big advocate of on-line grocery shopping as it saves so much time – but I have been able to find most things I think we’ll need whilst away.  There was a much better selection of M-friendly cookies and cereal bars than in the UK and at a much better price too.  As I’ve said before,  it’s hard to be both frugal and allergy-friendly in the UK.  Shop done and delivery slot booked, all I can do now is sit back and wait with my fingers tightly crossed.

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