coping with allergies when travelling

Our top tips for coping with allergies when travelling

Wondering how to handle allergies while travelling? Read on for our top tips!

Travelling can have its challenges at the best times, but if you have allergies and are thinking of doing some travelling too, being prepared beforehand can really help you to overcome any hiccups you might face along the way…

The preparation…

If you do have an allergy, please don’t worry as plenty of people still go travelling with allergies. A travel buddy of mine had a nut allergy when we journeyed across the world and although he did need to be extra careful and take precautions, he managed it really well.

The first thing you’ll need to do is check to see if you have any allergies. You may already know this but if you don’t, it is worth getting a home allergy test so you can be informed before you go travelling. It’s possible to get reliable results within 2 weeks, so try to start preparing ideally a month before your trip.

If it does turn out that you have an allergy (or several) then you’ll need to get advice on what you need to avoid and what remedies there are for these allergies. Then make sure that you are stocked up on exactly what you need for your trip so that you always have your remedies to hand when needed. I would personally get multiple remedies and keep them in different bags.

On your way….

Try to inform the airline staff about any serious allergies you may have before you fly. That way, they can prepare beforehand and you can feel relaxed about the flight.

Some airlines are now completely nut free while others will not serve food containing nuts if someone has notified them about an allergy. The same goes for other food…

While you are away…

If you have done your allergy testing and know that you have a food allergy, then you’ll need to be extra cautious when eating out. Not all countries are as progressive as this one when it comes to disclosing how the food is cooked and what it contains, however they are definitely improving as time goes on.

Try to learn the words for the food you are allergic to in the native language for the country you are going to. Then you should be able to communicate with your servers to let them know the situation.

Perhaps have some backup food with you in case you go to a place that doesn’t have anything that is ‘safe’ for you to eat or if you are slightly unsure about it? My travel buddy always had a couple of protein bars with him for these situations which really helped his overall travel experience

What else should you do?

If you need to take a daily antihistamine, make sure that you set a timer on your phone to take it. It is really good to get into the habit of consuming it at the same time each day, especially so you don’t miss it.

If you have a dust allergy, consider bringing a portable hand-held hoover. It might seem a bit bulky but it will be worth it if you are staying somewhere that has a lot of carpet. The same goes with having a pet allergy.

And finally…

Whatever happens, there really is no need to worry too much so long as you prepare and are as sensible as possible. Travelling is so much fun and allergies hopefully won’t stop you!

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