Gluten-Free On-the-Go: Travel Cards in 10+ Languages

Ensure you eat the right food when travelling with these handy mobile-friendly gluten-free restaurant cards.

Mobile-Friendly Gluten-Free Restaurant Cards

Did You Know?
According to Coeliac.org.uk, about 1% of the UK population has coeliac disease.

At Wayfair, across our European offices, we have many colleagues who live a gluten-free lifestyle, be it for health reasons or purely as a choice. Having talked to a few of them, we realised that one of the challenges of travelling abroad while eating gluten-free is being able to source food which won't hurt you, especially if you're coeliac. That's why we thought it would be really useful for people in such situations to have a quick and easy way to explain themselves when going abroad without speaking the local language.

Gluten-free restaurant cards are definitely not a new concept, but we've tried to improve the existing format by making them more easily accessible, clearer and more complete. The first big change that we offer is that these gluten-free travel cards are mobile-friendly. Therefore, you can save them on your phone directly and show them in a restaurant when you have to—no need to zoom in or centre the image, as they'll show up perfectly! Secondly, we mention cross-contamination, which is incredibly important for coeliacs, because even tiny amounts of gluten can make them feel ill. Last but not least, we've included two little lists of food, complete with icons, to help people explain their situation much better. There's a list of foods that contain gluten, as well as a gluten-free food list. With the generous help of a few more of our multinational Wayfair colleagues, we were able to translate these cards into 13 languages (including English), which you can see and download below. Did we mention that they're free too? Check them out! 

Download Your GF Travel Cards

No matter where you're off to next, be it a city break in Europe or an exotic getaway in Asia, our gluten-free restaurant cards should be able to help you tell people that gluten is off the menu! We picked 13 of the most popular languages around the world and also took into account the most visited travel destinations.

Click on the language(s) you need from the list below to see and download your gluten-free travel cards for your phone!

German: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, parts of Africa

English: Worldwide

Dutch: The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, parts of the Caribbean

French: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Canada, parts of Africa and the Caribbean

Italian: Italy, Switzerland, Malta, Monaco

Spanish: Spain, South America 

Portuguese: Portugal, Brazil, parts of Africa

Greek: Greece, Cyprus, Albania

Russian: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia

Arabic: Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa

Mandarin: China, Taiwan, Singapore

Japanese: Japan, Palau

Hindi: north-central India

Did You Know?
In order to avoid cross-contamination of gluten-free food in kitchens that also use wheat flour, a distance of at least 2 m and good hygiene practices are enough to keep gluten contamination under 20 ppm—the legal requirement for a food to be officially labelled 'gluten-free'.

Source: Journal of Food Protection, No. 2, February 2016  

What's It Like to Be Gluten-Free?

Since we have a few colleagues who are either coeliac, gluten-intolerant or simply choose to avoid gluten in their diets, we thought it'd be interesting to hear about their experiences and share them with our readers. Whether you're wondering what it's like to be both gluten-free and vegan or thinking what on earth you can eat when avoiding gluten, you can read all about it below.

I was already gluten-free before my boyfriend announced out of the blue that he was becoming vegan. I said I would do it for one week to support him, and that’s how it’s been for over a year now! People ask me “so…. what do you eat”? And the answer is always SO MUCH! Most of my meals are eaten from a sharing bowl. It does take a little more preparation and thought, but once you’re in the swing of things, it’s a breeze. People assume it would be hard to eat at home, let alone travelling, but it just takes a little bit of pre-planning.
Hannah, The Gluten Free Vegan

Gluten-free and vegan

Tip
Hannah says: "Peanut butter is your trusty friend. I take a tub with me whenever I travel to Asia—if all else fails, I have plain rice with peanut butter and chili sauce! It’s delicious I promise you."

Hannah is in fact quite the connoisseur when it comes to food. She shares some amazing GF vegan recipes on Instagram. Follow Hannah @theglutenfreevegan

Vietnam is O.K. if you're GF, but a travel card helps

It's very easy to have a gluten-free vacation, especially in Vietnam, since there are so many rice dishes. Nevertheless, I was very thankful when a lady from Australia passed me a slip of paper in Vietnamese which enabled me to explain my gluten sensitivity to the waiters in a clearer and better way. That’s why we thought these mobile-friendly travel cards would be of use.
Janine
Did You Know?
It's likely that at least some coeliac sufferers in the UK are treated for IBS instead. Testing for coeliac disease through blood tests would minimise the problem.

Source: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Vol. 48, Issue 7, 2013 
I’ve been gluten-free for health reasons since 2008. After almost a decade of experimenting in the kitchen, I’ve learned a lot about how to rejig recipes to fit my needs and make off-the-cuff substitutions when necessary. There are a few recipes that I’ve had less success with (if anyone ever discovers the secret to gluten-free croissants, please come and find me and I will be forever indebted), but not too many. Most processed gluten-free products available at the supermarket have improved exponentially in the last eight years and I’m glad they’re there, but I focus mostly on real, whole foods that are more or less ‘naturally’ gluten-free.  
Marne

Remix recipes and you'll never be hungry

Yum
Marne says: "In the past two weeks we’ve eaten enchiladas, sesame noodles, a curry, grilled sweet potatoes with hummus, pancakes and peach almond cupcakes at home; my dinner guests never go hungry and neither do I."

If you're intolerant or coeliac, there's no going back...

I remember always feeling ill after eating when I was growing up, but it wasn’t until quite recently that a doctor thought to check me for gluten intolerance. The first few months were the most difficult, as I found my reaction was worse after having cut it out. I missed brezeln and pasta, cake and cookies and I resented that I’d become the “fussy friend”. Despite my situation, a number of months in, I went to Rome with a friend. I tried to avoid all of the pasta, pizza and cannoli but I’m only human after all… And once I had a taste for the good stuff, there was no looking back. Needless to say, I was blamefully unwell for the duration of my trip.
Hannah

4 Tips For a Safe Gluten-Free Trip

1.
If you can't be certain a food is 100% gluten-free, don't eat it! Better to be safe than sorry.
3.
Unprocessed and fresh foods are your safest best—you can easily see what's on your plate.
2.
Always pay attention to hidden gluten (eg: soy sauce or malt foods) and cross-contamination.
4.
Don't hesitate to speak to the chef directly. Many restaurants are happy to consider dietary needs.

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