Traveling with allergies doesn’t have to be stressful. With the proper preparation and precautions, individuals with allergies can enjoy a safe and enjoyable trip! In this blog post, we’ll provide practical advice for travelers with allergies, covering topics such as packing essentials, choosing accommodations, and dining out safely.
Pack Key Allergy Relief Items
When it comes to packing for your trip, consider bringing a few critical items from home in order to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. Make sure to pack your medications and/or EpiPens, as well as any skincare products that you might need. It’s also recommended to bring something like a lint roller or anti-allergen spray for surfaces such as furniture, bedding, and carpets.
Find Allergy-Friendly Accommodations
When choosing accommodations, research ahead of time to make sure that your hotel or rental property is allergy-friendly. Look for non-smoking properties with carpet-free rooms and allergen-proof bedding (such as hypoallergenic mattress covers).
Additionally, inquire about any extra cleaning services the property might offer, such as vacuuming and dusting.
Check Menus and Reviews for Allergy-Safe Restaurants
When it comes to dining out, do your research ahead of time by checking online menus and allergy-friendly reviews and even calling the restaurant in advance to ask about their ingredients and food preparation methods. During your meal, make sure to stress how important it is for your server to minimize cross-contamination from other dishes. Also, consider bringing along a snack from home as an extra precaution.
Check for Access to Medical Care
If you are traveling somewhere remote or taking a cruise, you will want to see what medical care options are nearby or available in case of an allergic reaction.
Speak with Your Allergist
Before embarking on your trip, consider scheduling an appointment with one of Pittsburgh’s Allergists at Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates. Your allergist can help you develop a personalized plan so you know exactly what to do if you have an allergic reaction while away from home. We provide both seasonal and food allergy treatments that will decrease your sensitivity to allergens and reduce your symptoms when you come into contact with your known triggers.
Traveling with allergies doesn’t have to be overwhelming – just make sure to prepare ahead of time and take precautions so you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable trip!
If you have questions about your allergies or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our allergists, contact Allergy & Clinical Immunology Associates today. We look forward to helping you find relief from your allergy symptoms.