Allergy Risks for Vacationers
May 22, 2018
Getting out of the house for a vacation can be dangerous—especially for those who have severe allergies.
Allergy-sufferers and loved ones of allergy sufferers alike know how tough it is to create a life that is free of attack triggers. If you’ve got a child with a peanut allergy, you probably don’t keep many peanut products in your home! If you’re highly allergic to mold, you probably take great care to keep your home mold-free.
When you’re traveling, you can’t be sure that everywhere you go will be free of your allergy triggers, but there are a few things you can do to be as careful as possible.
Here are our tips:
Have an Emergency Plan
Before you leave for your trip, getting this done should be your highest priority.
Make sure that everyone on your trip knows what to do in case of Anaphylaxis, which is the name for a severe allergic reaction. Have your medication in an easily accessible place—don’t leave it in the car, parked in the garage all week.
Keep one with you on the beach and when you go out to restaurants, not just in your big suitcase. You never, ever know when a severe reaction will strike.
Prepare for Air Travel
If you’re flying, don’t forget that your medicine may require special attention when you go through airport security. Consider getting TSA Pre-Checked or getting a TSA notification card to make the process easier.
You can learn more about those options here.
It’s also common to be on a flight that has peanuts, so passengers with peanut allergies should take precautions to minimize contact with potentially harmful triggers. The best thing you can do is ask your airline ahead of time if they make accommodations for food allergies.
They sometimes allow you to pre-board and can usually give you allergy-free meals if it’s a long flight. Be sure to bring disinfectant wipes to clean the tray and request that passengers next to you not consume peanuts.
Think Ahead About Where You’re Going
- Check the local allergy advisories wherever you’re going. Trust us on this one.
- Check your health insurance policy to see if an emergency room visit out of state will be covered by insurance.
- Make sure that your hotel is smoke-free and pet-free. You don’t want to run the risk of sleeping in a bed full of your allergy triggers. You can also lessen this risk by packing your own pillowcases!
If you’re prepared, traveling with allergies and asthma is a breeze. Never hesitate to call your doctor with any concerns related to allergen or trigger exposure.
Your doctor knows you and your case and will have a wealth of wisdom on how to make the most of your trip!