Traveling with food allergies can be a challenge, but with careful planning, you can have a fun and safe time. The following is some of the things we have done to prepare for traveling with our allergy child.
- Preparing is Important!
- Plan well in advance.
- Research the area where you will be vacationing.
- Locate the closest hospital and pharmacy ahead of time, know the route and how to get there.
- Have a plan of action in case of an emergency.
- Pack your emergency medication, physician signed action plan, and insurance cards. Take a picture of these documents with your phone.
- If you are going to be eating out, plan which restaurants you will be at and call ahead to discuss menu for possible food allergens and cross contamination – what is their allergen policy?
- Pack and bring safe foods and snacks.
- If staying at a hotel, ask management to do a deep clean on the room to avoid reactions and ask for a mini fridge or reserve a room with a kitchen.
- Medical ID (bracelet, necklace, dog tags, etc)
- Store emergency contact numbers in your phone or write them down.
- Traveling by plane: call ahead and talk with the airline about their allergen policy and what they serve. If you are not comfortable with their policy, don’t take the chance with them. 30,000+ feet is not the place you want to have an emergency situation.
- If allergy is severe, other precautions to consider when flying: bring clorox wipes and wipe down all surfaces, a fitted sheet to put over the seat to prevent contact reactions and a painter’s respirator mask (if air-borne reactive).
One of the reasons we decided to purchase a travel trailer, was so that we could make safe and fun memories without a lot of worry. We are able to cook in our RV instead of eating out; safer for allergies and saves money too.
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