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Over Your Symptoms and Through the Woods: Allergy Safety Traveling Tips

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The holiday season is synonymous with gatherings, delicious feasts and…allergy troubles? For those with allergies, holiday journeys can sometimes feel like navigating a minefield of potential triggers. Whether you’re heading to a relative’s house, embarking on a vacation or simply hitting the road for an adventure, it’s essential to prioritize your health and safety. This blog will help you do just that.

Create and share a list of your allergens.

Make a list of potential allergens you might encounter during your trip. Communicate your allergies to your travel companions, hosts or restaurant staff beforehand.

Check for all your medication…then check again!

Traveling by plane? Bring essential allergy medications, such as antihistamines and epinephrine (EpiPen), in your carry-on bag. This easy access ensures your most vital, life-saving medicines are always on you and within reach. Carry allergy-friendly snacks for emergencies to avoid eating foods that may contain allergens.

Research your destination.

Vacationing in a new location? Give it a quick Google! Familiarize yourself with the local cuisine and ingredients commonly used in the region you’re visiting. Identify nearby hospitals or medical facilities in case of an allergic reaction.

Consider your accommodations.

When booking your stay, inform the hotel or host about your allergies and any specific requirements you may have. Request hypoallergenic bedding and cleaning procedures if you have severe dust or pet allergies. 

Plan out your menus and dining options.

Take meal prepping to an all-new level by doing research upfront. Many restaurants’ menus are online, with some allergens listed on each dish. Choose allergy-friendly restaurants that can accommodate your dietary restrictions. Always inform your server about your allergies and ask them to check with the chef if necessary. Don’t be afraid to double-check if your concerns are understood.

P.S. Review sites like Yelp can be handy tools for finding safe-to-eat spots. Make sure to call your selected restaurant to confirm the information is correct.

Communicate your concerns and needs with travel mates.

Hitting the road with family or friends? Open communication can be key to your safety. Educate your travel companions about your unique allergy needs, including sensitive foods and other allergies. Teach them about your medications and, in particular, how to use them and what to do in case of an emergency. Your board-certified allergist can help you create an allergy action plan that covers all the bases.

Start on your road to allergy relief!

Don’t let allergies steal your joy. With proper planning and awareness, you can travel safely and savor every moment, and our allergy doctors can help. Charleston Allergy and Asthma’s board-certified allergy and asthma specialists are ready to support you on the road to allergy relief with allergy testing, personalized treatment plans and immunotherapy treatments. Contact our team to schedule your next allergy appointment

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