How to Allergy – Proof your May long travel plans

I write this as a person who finds it difficult to sleep in hotels and often due to moldy air conditioners, dust mites, and other guests.  However if you adequately prepare and plan for a getaway, having an environmental or food allergy shouldn’t stop you from the dream vacation.  Here’s how:

Do your homework before leaving for your destination.

Research local allergens:  Depending on where you’re travelling,  pollen, dust, cold or humid air and air pollution or smoking grandparents for a week can take its toll.  Pack a antihistamine and check a head of time to make sure the airline you travel with will have an epinephrine.  You should have a note from your doctor if you do need to travel with one.  Always make sure you let the flight attendants know of any allergies.

You can always call ahead to the front desk of the hotel and ask for a smoke and pet free room.

Go to a grocery store for food, it may save you time and money in the long run- Ask for a kitchenette in the case that you plan to prepare foods for yourself.

Drink bottled water -even on the plane avoid the water, use hand sanitizer instead as the water on plane has bacteria and parasites in the tanks.

How food allergies and intolerances stack up.

Food Allergies  Vs
 Food Intolerances
Occur in the body’s immune system
Occur in the gastro-intestinal system
Involve small portions of food
Involve normal portions of food
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, tingling in the mouth, hives, swelling of the face, tounge and throat, breathing trouble,low blood pressure
Symptoms include abdominal pain, (cramps), bloating, diarrhea, headache, vomiting