Hit The Road!

Community work in the gardens at Embercombe, Devon
Community work in the gardens at Embercombe, Devon

WOOF (Willing Worker on Organic Farms) backpack – What Do I Need?

Taylored for a coeliac traveller!

Travelling as a coeliac can be daunting, but it needn’t put us off. Here’s a little list of what I’ve got in my backpack for adventures as a WOOFer/Workaway-er:


Work Boots & Clothes Stuff you don’t mind getting muddy, dirty and even covered in paint. Strong shoes for working in and some strong trousers like jeans (in cases of clearing brambles etc) Also weather appropriate clothing for all eventualities

Raincoat, mac in a pack, something lightweight in cases of watery weather

Coeliac phrases printed in the language(s) of the place(s) you’re going too. These are available from Coeliac UK alongside guides for different countries, visit: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/gluten-free-diet-and-lifestyle/holidays-and-travel/country-guides/

Notebook for writing/recording info/recipes etc. Fittingly, there is a picture of vegetables on the front cover of mine, I will certainly be writing a lot about vegetables!

Emergency snacks being well stocked with GF snack bars, nuts, dried fruit etc is essential for all those times travelling between hosts and even for when WOOFing in case there isn’t many gluten-free snacks available when you first arrive

Swimming costume for seaside, lakes, pools, you name it

Camera there’ll be so much to capture

Travel Towel

Books Fiction, essays, dictionaries, biograghies – whatever floats ya boat. Old copies that you don’t mind letting go of are good then you can do book swaps along the way

Eye mask & Ear Plugs if you’re a high maintenance sleeper (like me)

Adapter plug if you have any electrics that need charging

Teddy by no means essential, but it’s kinda nice to have a little cuddly something…

And I’m off! Goodbye, watch this space, I will let you all know how it goes!



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