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The following article shares information and Tips for Traveling with Food Allergies from Jenny!

tips for traveling with food allergies

Tips for Traveling with Food Allergies

As a family with food allergies, I can attest that traveling can certainly be a challenge, but it is not impossible. You and your family will be doing a lot of other things besides eating while on vacation. Being prepared is the key. Most of all, you all should have fun!
Here are 7 Tips for Traveling with Food Allergies:

  1. Check prescriptions prior to traveling. Discuss travel plans ahead of time with your allergist to be sure you have all the medicines you need, from antihistamines and inhalers to epinephrine injectors. Don’t plan to rely on local pharmacies for your prescriptions and medications may not be the same overseas. Instead, take your meds with you.
  2. Carry hand wipes. Washing hands frequently is a great way to prevent accidentally coming into contact with allergens.
  3. If your child or other family member requires an epinephrine auto-injector, or other prescription medication, be sure that the pharmacy label is attached, and that the name matches the passenger’s identification. Carry a letter from your doctor that explains the need for this medication. Call the airline ahead of time if flying to your destination to confirm the procedures for security.
  4. A cruise cabin or hotel room often has a small refrigerator and plenty of storage so you may be able to bring along safe snacks as well.  If taking a cruise, be sure to confirm exactly what you will be bringing with the cruise line as they will be aware of customs regulations or other rules that might impact what you can bring.
  5. Take with you the names and phone numbers of all of your physicians along with any other pertinent medical information including all medications and allergies.
  6. Purchase travel medical insurance from your travel agency at the time the deposit if package is not refundable and particularly if planning to travel outside the United States.
  7. The general rule is not to assume anything!   Ask, ask and ask more questions of the staff, chefs, and waiters.

Having food allergies should not limit a family’s ability to travel. You already know how to manage your family’s food allergies — you do it every day. The strategies that help you cope at home can work well on trips too. With the right preparation, the advice of a good travel agent who has experience working with food allergies, and the mindset of having a good time, fun family travel is certainly possible! Bon Voyage!

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Jenny Reed – 678-947-5115
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