Atlanta traveling with food allergies.

Food allergies don’t have to ruin your travel plans. By studying local cuisine, staying updated on food allergy treatment options and taking other essential steps, you can travel without fear. Whether you’re visiting the Atlanta area, traveling across the country or even going overseas, preparation is important. Here are some of our favorite methods for preventing allergic reactions while traveling.

Top Tips for Traveling With Food Allergies

Many families vacation far less than they would like due to food allergies. However, while a food allergy does add some complexity to a trip, it’s quite possible to enjoy the benefits of travel while staying safe.

Keep Medication Accessible

Make sure to pack a small bag containing allergy medication that you’ll keep with you at all times. This tip is particularly important for those with severe allergies who may require immediate access to an epinephrine auto-injector, for example.

Pack Safe Snacks for the Journey

Having some allergy-safe snack options is essential for long journeys where meal choices might be limited. And if your child has a food allergy and is a picky eater, keeping safe snacks nearby is especially important.

Research Local Cuisine

Browse online for restaurants and stores before you go. If you’re traveling overseas, having prior knowledge of an area’s local ingredients (and allergy labeling practices) will prove valuable. For example, you can avoid triggering tree nut allergy symptoms by recognizing regional dishes that use sauces containing nuts.

Carry an Allergy Card

Allergy cards are convenient ways to list your allergies and also have them understood in different languages. These small cards can be shown to restaurant staff, hosts, or food vendors to clearly explain your dietary restrictions and the severity of your allergies.

Wear a Medical Bracelet

Similar to an allergy card, a medical bracelet can clearly list your allergies. In case of an emergency, this allows medical professionals to immediately access your allergy information.

Avoid Locations Where Risks Are Higher

Exposure to allergens is often higher in certain places, such as at seafood markets, street food carts and so on. Even when you take other precautions, the risk of cross-contamination could lead to an allergic reaction.

Make an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan as part of your vacation or travel planning, and discuss it with your family or travel companions. Consider essential factors like the accessibility of local emergency services, access to medication, etc.

Speak With Your Allergist In Advance

If you have any concerns about traveling, speak with your allergist for guidance as part of your planning to-do list. And anyone with food allergies who has not yet undergone food allergy testing should be assessed to get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Personalized advice will help you feel confident and prepared for all possibilities.

Talk to Us About Food Allergy Treatments in Atlanta

When you need help with food allergy testing or management strategies, visit one of our allergy centers. Our team diagnoses and treats food allergies at locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Druid Hills, Duluth and Johns Creek. To find out more, call (678) 668-4688 or request an appointment today.

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