Preparing for Vacation When You Have a Food Allergy
Are you planning on going on vacation but are struggling with food allergies and where you'll be able to eat? If you have had severe reactions in the past, you may have concerns about being safe during your vacation. You may also worry about getting access to medical treatment if the unfortunate happens. The following few points can help prepare you for your vacation and help you know what to do if an allergic reaction occurs.
Ensure that you pack your epinephrine. If possible, pack it with its prescription. If you will be catching a flight, your prescription should be packed in a carry-on bag just in case you accidentally ingest an allergen during your flight. Some people have allergic reactions when they consume foods that have been cross-contaminated with foods they are allergic too. Ensure you have your doctor's name, address, phone number, and after-hours phone number packed too. If you are traveling out of the country, pack a copy of your Food Allergy Emergency Care Plan. If English is not the native language in the area you are traveling to, try to get also get a copy in the language of the area you intend to visit.
Snacking and Dining
It may seem unnecessary if you have not had a severe reaction in a while, but it is a good idea to inform servers of your allergies to ensure that you are safe. Also, if it is not clear what the ingredients in a dish are, always ask. If you will be taking a flight, they should have alternate snacks if they serve a snack such as nuts and you have an allergy to the snack. You can also opt to take your own snacks since you will know that they are safe to eat. Ensure that you enter allergy information in your flight booking. You can also inform airline employees as an extra precaution. Some airlines have allergy policies, and it is a good idea to determine if the airline you choose has one prior to booking a flight.
Arriving at Your Destination
If staying with friends or family, remind them of your allergy. You should inform staff if you stay in a hotel or at a resort. Inquire about the nearest hospital in the area, and write down their address and phone number in case you need it. If you are traveling to a rural area, get the number of a local doctor too. Most doctors have licensing privileges at nearby hospitals even there is not a hospital in their immediate area. Always keep your epinephrine with you during your vacation.