My family has taken many road trips over the past several years. After lots of frustration, forgotten items and many trips to multiple grocery stores, we feel that we have finally mastered road trips. Here are my tips to share with you:
My first tip is one that I tend to give with everything – plan ahead.
Where to eat: Dining out
2. Pack a box of food yourself and ship it to your destination before you leave.
On the road:
Sponge/brush to wash dishes
Paper towels for drying
Travel kitchen knife & small cutting board
Disposable forks, spoons & knives
Traveling with extended family/friends? Education is needed for those that normally don’t live with you. Understanding of the severity of food allergies and avoiding cross contact is necessary.
Contain allergens to certain shelves in the refrigerator or pantry.
My last tip is don’t stress too much on making sure your/your child’s diet is as healthy as usual. As long as it’s safe (allergen free) and you/your child are getting enough to eat with some minimal nutritional requirements met, it’s ok if you/your child aren’t getting the exact number of fruits and veggies that they normally do each day. Remember, it is a vacation; splurging a bit is ok!
Don’t let food allergies hold you back. Remember you are LIVING with food allergies. Go. Travel. Experience. See the world! Just be sure to take your epinephrine with you!
Traveling by plane isn’t something my family has done yet. Flying can be stressful for those with food allergies; especially peanut allergies. Here are some excellent resources if you are considering flying:
FAACT’s Traveling with Food Allergies (also including tips for traveling to foreign countries)
Airline food allergy policies
Allergic Living – Comparing Airlines
by Amanda Painter, South Chapter Coordinator
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