5 Tips for Traveling with Allergies

5 Tips for Traveling with Allergies from Tonya Winders, CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network

  • Plan early and choose hotels wisely. Understand your allergic triggers and research the best accommodations based on those needs. For example, having a kitchen in your room will be useful for preparing your meals if you have a food allergy and do not plan to eat out. Some hotels also now have PURE Rooms special technology to remove many environmental allergy triggers.
  • Air travel accommodations. 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 bring cleaning wipes to clean the seat and tray tables.
  • Eating out while traveling.  Call ahead to ask about food allergy policies and inquire about safe alternatives. Speak to the chef and share your food allergies. Consider visiting chains that have food allergy policies in place.
  • Rental car caveats. If you plan to rent a car, request a nonsmoking vehicle and make sure it has been cleaned.  Pack safe snacks and meals for the ride in case there are no safe restaurants along the way.
  • Be prepared for foreign affairs. Find out if your insurance policy covers out-of-country services. 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 theappropriate language in the event medical servicesare needed. Wear medical identification jewelry and know where the nearest hospitalis located.

    Boy Blowing His Nose into a Handkerchief --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

    Boy Blowing His Nose into a Handkerchief — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

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  1. I appreciate the tip about having a copy of your allergy action plan and medications. That’s something neither my friend or I thought we would need when we go on our trip. I’ve heard that it’s helpful to carry nasal spray with you. It’s an easy and quick method to treat some allergies.

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