Unless you’re familiar with the ingredients and gluten-free status of a product before popping in your change, it’s best to save your money; chances are likely that the majority of snacks in a vending machine will contain gluten or were manufactured with products that contain gluten. Naturally, it’s impossible to read the ingredient labels behind the glass prior to purchasing, and of all the dangerous aspects of traveling, the vending machine is one area where you can easily avoid the risk.
With a bit of creativity, you can bring your own vending machine snacks with you on the trip. Before leaving home, think about how you can make foods that mimic the appeal of the machine snacks. Consider making your own gluten-free trail mix that has that sweet and salty sensation that vending machine products are famous for. Combining a gluten-free chocolate bar, raisins, or package of nuts can often keep larger cravings at bay. Unless you are sure about certain products, it’s best to avoid both the vending and beverage machine.