As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, when we go out, we go with food. Thought I’d post a quick essentials list for what we look for and what we always have on hand when it’s time to eat.
To date, we’ve never had a problem with bringing in our own food. I know others who have, but in general, employees back away slowly and smile when we list off our daughter’s allergies. Mostly nobody cares or notices. I think as along as nobody is screaming or making a huge mess, most establishments are pretty cool with a kid quietly snacking in a corner. We even clean up before AND after she eats…what’s not to like about a customer who does that?
The “Look Fors”:
1. Quiet corner away from main food service
2. Vinyl chair…easy wipedown.
What we always bring:
3. Wipes (before, after, during…We buy BIIIIIGGG boxes of wipes.)
4. Yumbox. This thing has been a game changer when we go out. Totally shameless plug here. It’s stupid expensive for a lunch box, but you need the right tools for the job, and this thing really works for us. The compartments are sealed when closed, it’s well-weighted so doesn’t tip, and our toddler can open and close it. Where we go, it goes.
5. Emergency kit: 2x auto injectors, anaphylaxis plan cheat sheet (short version to hand to servers etc. when out), antihistamine.
That’s it. Easy peasy. Just do that everywhere and you’re good.