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Safe Traveling Tips with Food Allergies

Posted by Emily Battmer on Jul, Mon 18, 2011

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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