Allergens are all around us, but they should not make you afraid of the outside world. There are ways of getting out there and enjoying life while avoiding getting allergies.
The following guide aims to help people who suffer from allergies enjoy taking a break from the stresses of work or school without worrying about their condition.
Choose Your Destination Wisely
Schedule your vacations on the time of year when your specific allergens are at their peak in your area. For instance, pollen is plentiful around the spring and summer months. If you are allergic to pollen, you can take a vacation during these months to avoid the onslaught of allergens around you.
Find a location where your allergens are at the lowest levels. Using the previous example, you can travel to the beach if you are sensitive to pollen. By knowing which areas are low in your allergens, you can enjoy your trip better without worrying about the repercussions.
Inspect The Area
After going over a few ideas for travel locations, try to see what’s available, what you can do and what you will need.
For instance, if you have food allergies, do research on available restaurants in the area. Contact the food establishments to ask about their food preparation techniques and find out what options they can offer somebody who has food allergies.
Once you have confirmed your travel destination and dates, make reservations at the restaurants where you plan on having your meals. Let these businesses know about your food allergies and when you are planning to visit their establishment. This gives them time to prepare and lets them know when to have your meals ready.
See Your Doctor
Make an appointment to see your doctor once you have confirmed your travel itinerary. Let your doctor know where you intend to go. You may need vaccines or shots for where you are headed.
The doctor may also need to change your medication or give you antihistamines before your trip. Getting your shots ahead of time allows your body to build up on reserves and get your system’s defenses ready.
Check Your Medication
After your visit to the doctor, see if you have enough allergy medication to last the trip. You don’t want to be scrambling to find a pharmacy while at the beach or going up a mountain.
For travelers planning to fly, check if there are airline policies regarding traveling with medications on board. Your airline may have conditions when it comes to some of your prescribed medications.
As much as possible, keep all your tablets and medicines inside their original packaging. Security officials may choose to check your luggage at random. With medicines in their original packaging, security staff can quickly identify and check the chemical contents of your medicines.
Pack Your Own Sleeping Materials
For individuals who are allergic to dust mites, as much as possible, try to bring your own sheets, blankets and pillows. This way, you won’t need to worry about being allergic to any hotel’s bedding materials.
The same goes for people who have skin allergies. Carrying your own beddings may require carrying more items, but it is a small price to pay for a good and comfortable night’s sleep.
Bringing your own snacks with you is especially important if you have food allergies. Your chosen airline or travel group may not have the snacks you need for your trip.
Call ahead to see if they have options for you. If suitable meals and snacks are not available, pack your own snacks. Keep in mind that you will still need to verify with your airline if there are requirements regarding bringing your own food on board.
Pack Your Own Toiletries
Most hotels provide free toiletries such as soap, tissues and toothpaste. Although convenient, there is no way of completely knowing what is inside the shampoos or soaps they place inside the bathroom. To be on the safe side, especially if you have allergies to certain substances, it would be best to carry your own set.
Buy plastic bottles that can hold enough of your shampoos, conditioners and other liquid toiletries. Airlines have strict guidelines when it comes to bringing liquids so check before placing any of them in your carry on luggage.
The objective of these preparations is to ensure that you have a pleasant vacation, regardless of the type of allergy you have. So plan carefully and in advance to make sure you have what you need for your trip.