There are so many things to think about before going on a trip! Purchasing an Allergy Translation Card is only one step. Here are some helpful tips and resources to help you prepare for your upcoming adventure.
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Travelling with food allergies can be a daunting thought for many people, especially with small children. There are many questions about different cultures and taking allergies seriously, emergency preparedness for anaphylaxis, and airline allergy policies.
There is obviously a ton of research that must be done before going on a trip or vacation with food allergies, but there are a few easy things to keep in mind that will help reduce the risk.
Top 5 Tips for Reducing the Risk Traveling with Food Allergies
- Read reviews – whether for a hotel, restaurant or airline, look into reviews from others rather than trail blaze yourself. If you can’t find information on allergy-friendly restaurants, look for other qualities that might lend to mindfulness of food restrictions (e.g. vegan restaurant or one with gluten-free options).
- Not a time to experiment with food – although food is synonymous with many cultures, try to focus on the other cultural elements such as museums and sights. Stick to the foods that you know and trust and play it safe.
- Stick to touristy areas – you will have a much better chance of getting wait staff who are capable in English if you stick to the touristy hot spots. This might mean missing out on some true local flavors, but it will be worth it having more peace of mind at mealtime.
- Always have back-up food with you – granola bars, pre-made sandwiches, and other quick snacks will help give you a back-up option in the case you cannot find safe foods. It will also help in not making a foolish decision to risk it with an unknown food on an empty stomach.
- Don’t eat airline food – for some reason this is advice that is easier said than done. Pack an incredible meal for yourself that you know will be better than the airline food. Then you won’t feel that you’re missing out. It’s not worth the risk at 20,000 feet.
Happy and safe travels!