AMUK Healthy Living Blog

Jan
29

5 TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH ALLERGIES

Author : Hazel Econs

1.  Accommodation
Plan early and choose carefully your destination and accommodation.  Understand what triggers your allergy/s and research the best accommodation based on those needs.  Possibly self-catering will be better rather than you having to eat out, if you have food allergies.  If you have environmental allergies, some hotels now have special technology to remove many environmental allergy triggers.  Research those hotels.

2.  Flights
Inform the airline of your food allergies when booking and ask to review their allergy policy.  Inform the flight attendant of your allergies when boarding and take cleaning wipes to clean the seat and tray tables, if appropriate.

 


3. Eating Out
Call restaurants ahead and ask about food allergy policies and inquire about safe alternatives.  Speak to the chef and share your food allergies.  Consider visiting chain restaurants that have food allergy policies in place.

4.  Car Rental
If you need to hire a car, request a non-smoking vehicle and make sure it has been cleaned.  Pack safe snacks and meals for the journey in case there are no “safe” restaurants on the way.

5.  Medical Care
Make sure your insurance policy covers your health needs.  Carry a copy of your allergy or asthma action plan and an extra supply of your medications.  Make sure you have important information translated into the appropriate language in the event medical services are required.  Wear medical identification jewellery and know where the nearest hospital is located.

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