Mommy Masters welcomes Ella Moss, this month’s contributing blogger. She is the mother of two who decided to pursue a career in freelance writing so she could spend more time at home with her children. Ella offers wonderful tips for traveling abroad…perfect timing for summer!
Traveling outside of the US, especially if you haven’t before, is an exciting prospect. However, it can also be a little daunting; a different language, cultures, customs and laws are all things you need to take into account when traveling to a country you’re unfamiliar with. This worry is escalated tenfold when you suffer from an allergy and you’re traveling to a country you’re unsure of. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to ease the stress of traveling to a foreign country when you suffer from an allergy.
Not just an old saying but actually a very useful piece of advice, being prepared is the most effective way of preventing any unwanted reactions when on vacation. Research the country you’re moving to and what kind of ingredients they tend to use in their foods. For example, Chinese cuisine tends to include
a lot of nuts and therefore, for those with nut allergies, it’s wise to call ahead to any restaurants you plan on visiting while there and checking what your options are. If your nut allergy is severe, however, it may not be wise to eat out there at all.
Let your people know about your allergy:
Many airlines now recognize how common nut allergies are and don’t serve nuts on board. However, many are still quite stubborn when it comes to not including products
which contain nuts on their flights, so either looking on the airlines websites or calling them personally to check ahead of time is a sensible move. Do this before booking your flight tickets so you don’t lose money if you have to cancel. If you have another allergy, for example, wheat, check with the airline what their inflight menu is so that you can organize what you’re having ahead of time. In Britain, British Airways supply special meals
if you notify them ahead of time.
In addition, call you hotel ahead of your stay to make sure no nuts will be included in your room and that there will be no nuts out in the open. If you’re allergic to a specific type of down, like goose down, ensure you won’t have any goose down pillows or bed covers in your hotel room. If your allergy is very severe, many hotels now have special allergy-friendly rooms.
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