Tips For Travelling Safely With Your Food Allergic Child
- Plan meals before you leave home. Prepare heat-and-serve or ready-to-eat snacks or meals for the road. Shop for items that you will need which may not be available for purchase elsewhere, such as allergen-free snacks.
- Carry a sizable cooler or even a portable refrigerator that plugs into the car or hotel outlet to keep perishables cold while you travel.
- Choose hotel rooms that offer microwaves and refrigerators – or even a full kitchenette. This will allow you to reheat your food and safely store it in the hotel room. Often, you can request a refrigerator in your room and many hotels will waive rental fees if you show them a letter of medical necessity from your doctor. Staying in a room with a kitchen also allows you to safely prepare your own meals.
- Purchase individually packaged foods as much as possible. Juice boxes, for example, take up much less refrigerator space than a large bottle of juice.
- Some safe foods, like fruits, will be readily available at any grocery store, so only take items that you might not be able to buy locally – such as peanut-free cookies.
- For extended visits, like holiday trips to a relative’s house or a long family vacation, consider ordering food online and having the items shipped to your destination.
- Bring all your medicines, like epinephrine autoinjectors, and consider bringing extra medication in case of emergency.