Travelling is one of the most stressful situations for families with allergies. As with many things, some forward planning, and some good habits, can make life a lot easier.
Medicines - you should always have your allergy medicines with you (including inhalers, if you have them). Airlines will allow you to take medicines on board in your hand luggage, it might be helpful to have a letter from your doctor. Take your written allergy plan with you as well.
Hotels - letting them know in advance will help a lot. Most chefs will be pleased to point out which foods are safe and which should be avoided. Insurance - you will need to declare your child’s allergy, otherwise any allergic reactions might not be covered.
Foreign languages – some useful tips:
- www.food-info.net - free lists of foods in different languages
- www.allergytranslation.com - personalized lists printed on to cards you can carry in your purse/wallet.
- Another way of doing it is to carry a picture on your phone of the food you have to avoid!
Local health care facilities (Accident and Emergency, GP) - find out in advance if possible, hotels usually have the details to hand.