Top 10 Tips for Travelling with a Food Allergy
1. Research Airline
Get to know your airline’s food allergy policies in advance. We are big fans of Allergic Living Magazine’s handy airline policy chart.
2. Purchase Travel Insurance
No one plans on having an anaphylactic reaction while on vacation. Make sure that you are covered for medical emergencies when travelling abroad. A small investment could end up saving you a lot of money in the case an emergency happens.
3. Acquire Allergy Translation Cards
4. Pack your own Snacks
Most airlines serve food that comes without ingredient labelling. Play it safe and pack your own snacks not only for the airplane, but in case you get in a bind when arriving at your destination.
5. Book Accommodation with Kitchenette
Websites such as Airbnb can help you find a place to stay that has the kitchen comforts of home. This can be helpful in preventing cross-contact and preparing your own meals. Some hotel chains offer suites or extended stay rooms.
6. Bring Extra Epinephrine
Hopefully you don't have to use it, but having a few extra auto-injectors with you can give you peace of mind in case you lose one, or have to use one. Remember to keep them in a normal temperature range, avoiding extreme heat or cold.
7. Know the Local Emergency Number
The number to reach emergency services can vary from country to country. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it's important to research and make note before your trip begins.
8. Research Labelling Guidelines
Pre-packaged food labelling and differ from country to country. Priority allergens are not always the same and may be treated differently on food labels. Get in touch with national food allergy organizations to find out more information on what to be aware of.
9. Search up Restaurants in Advance
Sites like tripadvisor.com can give helpful tips by searching up "allergy" or "gluten-free" for different locations/reviews. If you can find a few places in advance that you feel comfortable with, it will save you from making any rushed decisions during your trip.
10. Equip Those Around you with Knowledge
Whether you are with close friends, or new travel acquaintances, make sure to let those you are travelling with know about your allergies, where you keep your epinephrine, how to use it, and what to do in an emergency.
11. Bonus! Get Insider Tips
Come on over to our Facebook Group to get first hand accounts of travels and have your travel questions answered by people who have been there and just so happen to also manage food allergies.