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Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies


safe traveling with food allergyOkay, 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.

  1. Avoid travel during meal times, if possible.
  2. Try to plan drive time and flights around meals.
  3. Pack enough food and snacks to last through your entire road trip or flight.
  4. 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.
  5. Pack plenty of your prescription medication and make sure it is up-to-date and not expired.
  6. If you carry an auto-injector, pack extra.
  7. Make sure all of the engraving on your medical ID tag is current. Wear your medical alert jewelry at all times!
  8. 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.
  9. 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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Although I do not have a food 
allergy and neither does any member 
of my family, this is a great 
article. I would have never thought about some of the things 
listed to do ~ or be aware of...you 
do really great work on your 
ability to keep people up to date on 
each and every subject that is 
important to all. 
Keep up the great work! 
Loves and hugs, 
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 11:30 AM by Linda Britnell
Wow, thank you so much for your kind words, Linda! It means so much to me to know that people are finding my work helpful. Thank you for reading and commenting! -Emily
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 11:43 AM by Emily
Excellent information as are ALL your articles, very, very, informative and helpful, and life saving as well!!! Thank you for keeping us all informed of very important information!!
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 4:45 PM by Joyce Z.
Thanks for the advice! it never hurts to be reminded! I sent my Daughter ( who has severe food allergies)away this past weekend for the first time without me,and felt safe knowing that she had her medical bracelet on and her bag tags on both bags!
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2011 9:00 PM by Janine
Joyce, thank you for reading and commenting! I'm glad you're finding our posts useful! 
Janine, that's one of the greatest benefits of medical identification - peace of mind! I hope your daughter has a safe, fun trip!
Posted @ Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM by Emily Battmer
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