Are you traveling for business or just traveling for fun? Are you allergic to certain meals, items or atmospheres? Then this is the right guide for you. Proper planning is important for a safe and enjoyable trip when you have an allergy. When traveling with allergies, communication helps a great deal. You need to know in advance where you may be dining and study restaurant menus.
If you need to make special requests, make sure you give as much lead time as you can to trip organizers, airline, hotel and restaurant staff so they can improve the chances that they can accommodate your needs.
Always go with a travel kit with all your medications, including extra epinephrine auto-injectors.
In case you are traveling with other people, make sure at least one of them knows where to find these items and how to give epinephrine.
You need to know if snacks or any edibles containing specific allergens you react to are going to be served during the flight. Do this by raising this concern when you make contact with the airline service representative during booking.
You must arrive early to allow for plenty of time to reconfirm your requests regarding seating and early boarding.
You also need to check to ensure your allergy medication has not expired or will not expire while traveling
- Talk to your doctor about any travel concerns before you book a flight and also request a letter that confirms a food allergy diagnosis and specifically states the need to carry medications and your diet or the need to provide a more befitting diet.
- Check out your airline’s allergy policy and make sure to bring it with you when you travel.
- Make sure you check carefully when on the day you will be traveling. Try to book the first flight of the day and if possible take a direct flight so you don’t need to deal with different planes and different rules.
- Notify your reservation agent of your allergy and ask that it be documented and forwarded to the flight crew and gate agent.
- Keep your medication in the original packaging, labeled with your name by your pharmacy. And have at least 2 auto-injectors when flying.
- Always remember to bring along your medications (epinephrine/antihistamines), a copy of your airline policy, a letter from your MD and a signed emergency action plan. Do not put in your packed luggage or any storage that is not accessible. Keep handy at all times!
- Always remind the gate agent of the severity of your allergy and if possible pre-board to clean the area. Also, remind the flight attendants as well.
- Make sure you clean your seat and surrounding area including the tray table, light switches, armrests, window shade and call buttons. Use wipes such as Clorox, not hand sanitizer. Consider using a seat cover or your ket to cover the seat.
- Make sure those around you are Informed and if possible, ask for an announcement and/or buffer zone. You can wear a bracelet or shirt alerting others to the allergy.
- Bring along your food, bring napkins to cover the tray table or use paper plates. Always pack twice as much to allow for delays.
- Do not use pillows or blankets provided by the airline. Most times they are not cleaned between flights.
- Make sure you have covered all appropriate bases and have an accessible guardian that can be called in case of any emergency
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