Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies
Okay, so someone in your family has a peanut allergy. You've taken all the necessary precautions; you've done your research. You know to read food labels closely, to carry emergency medication at all times, and to wear a medical ID bracelet. You are an expert allergy-free grocery shopper. You know exactly what foods are in your home at all times. You have successfully peanut-proofed your living space.
But what happens when you leave that space? You can't completely eliminate the threat of an allergic reaction in restaurants, airports, hotels...but you can take a few extra precautions when traveling with a food allergy. Whether you're hitting the road for a weekend getaway or spending the summer in another country, travel smart and follow these helpful hints from the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network.
- Avoid travel during meal times, if possible.
- Try to plan drive time and flights around meals.
- Pack enough food and snacks to last through your entire road trip or flight.
- When staying at a hotel, do a quick check of your room. Make sure previous guests didn't leave any food items that may cause an allergic reaction.
- Pack plenty of your prescription medication and make sure it is up-to-date and not expired.
- If you carry an auto-injector, pack extra.
- Make sure all of the engraving on your medical ID tag is current. Wear your medical alert jewelry at all times!
- Before you leave, research hospitals and medical care facilities in the area to which you are travleling. Know where they are and how to get there.
- If you are flying, check with the airline about snack accommodations. You can learn more about flying with a food allergy at www.foodallergy.org.
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