Concerns about traveling with food allergies shouldn’t keep you from planning a vacation. Everyone deserves a chance to explore the world!
Still, keep in mind that some destinations will be more accommodating than others. Let’s talk about any food allergies up front so we can do our research and plan ahead with you. Airlines, hotels and tour operators have made strides in terms of meal options, even if they aren’t always advertised. Sometimes, all you have to do is ask!
If you’re traveling with food allergies, we have a few peace-of-mind precautions. You’ll enjoy your trip and stay safe!
1. CARRY A DOCTOR’S NOTE.
Some national and international airports may require a doctor’s note to allow travelers with epinephrine injectors through security. Visit your doctor before traveling so you aren’t held up before you even leave. Before traveling, find out what medicines and products you can and can’t bring in your checked luggage and carry-on bags.
2. BRING TRANSLATION CARDS.
This is especially crucial if you visit a country where you aren’t comfortable with the language. Companies like Select Wisely and Allergy Translation make cards in hundreds of languages that allow travelers to communicate their allergies and special diet needs. Custom cards can even be created for less common allergies or specific situations.
3. DOWNLOAD THIS ALLERGY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT APP.
If traveling in the United States, Allergy Eats is a helpful website and mobile app for dining out with special diets. Users can select a location, or even a restaurant name and a specific allergy, to find restaurants that fit their needs. Reviews and rankings from other users will help guide your dining decisions too.
4. COMMUNICATE WITH THE AIRLINE.
If you have a life-threatening food allergy, the airline needs to be made aware of it well in advance. Depending on the severity of the allergy, you may have to request to be seated in a certain area of the plane, or that certain foods not be served during the flight. Either way, you will have less flexibility with meals in-flight, so be sure there’s something to sustain you until you reach your destination.
5. BOOK AN ACCOMMODATION WITH A KITCHEN.
If you enjoy cooking, reserve accommodations that allow you to prepare your own meals. That way, you know you’ll be safe. Keep in mind if purchasing food abroad you’ll need to do a little reading on nutrition labels.
When planning your next vacation with the team at Encompass the World Travel, be sure to mention your dietary needs so traveling with food allergies is less stressful for you!
If you’re a plant-based traveler, be sure to check out this post too!