Location Matters

Where to?

How do you decide where to vacation while managing food allergies, asthma or other food related issue?

Let us help you make an informed decision before you book:

  •   What healthcare is available at the destination?
    • You can research through Google Maps the following at your place of interest:
      • Hospitals
      • Pharmacies
      • Urgent Care
      • Ambulance availability
      • Local Doctors and Dentists
  • What information should be on hand during the trip?
    • Talk to your physician to write a letter explaining all diagnoses, prescribed medication and the patient’s healthcare needs.  Our nephew needed a microwave in his room to heat up a heat pack that he needed to help him cope with the pain associated with a neurological disease.  There was a fee involved but the hotel in Italy was very helpful.
    • Along with emergency meds consider packing:
      • Eyeglass or contact prescriptions and a back up pair of eyeglasses
      • Over the counter meditation
      • Optional – a copy of the allergen test results  We bring a copy with us because, as we all know, the knowledge of recognizing and treating anaphylaxis can differ among medical personnel due to experience and education especially outside the U.S.

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Communication … don’t make plans without it!

  • Communicating during an emergency.  If applicable say, ‘my xxxx is having an anaphylactic reaction’ rather than  ‘a food allergy reaction’.  This is a clear message and stresses the need for an urgent medical response.  Read more from the KWFA site.
  • Order language translation cards to describe allergens and call emergency services.  We like Allergic Traveler and SelectWisely
  • Bring  a notebook with various expressions in the language of the country you are visiting, words for foods (example:  almond as well as tree nut), cooking/prep supplies, and preparation techniques.  This extra planning has truly helped our family navigate through countries where English is not the native language; I carry a notebook but am moving towards using One Note on my cell phone. If you cannot say it the next best method is reading.
  • Cell phones – Coverage, cost and ease of communication are typically three top concerns when traveling outside of your cellular service area.  Contact your cellular service representative for advice.  Helpful tips. Note:  Roaming charges apply all over Europe but will be eliminated so your service is the same throughout the many countries.

The more you plan and communicate the greater likelihood for a fun and safe vacation.

Happy Travels.


Venice, Italy, Summer of 2012 Trip

If you want to learn more or have specific questions about traveling with a food related disease contact me at:  juliet@allergyfreetable.com

Julie, founder of Allergy Free Table, LLC, and her family spend their time exploring, traveling and learning how to eat healthy without allergens or food sensitivities. She has worn many hats in the food allergy community since 2001 - support group member, volunteer, advocate, educator, author and speaker. Julie received her master's degree from Framingham State University in Nutrition Education in 2015.

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