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Before You Travel continued...

See the doctor. Take your child to the allergist within a month of your trip. Make sure her health is good and all medication is up to date. Ask for a note to explain your child’s epinephrine auto-injector. It isn’t required, but it might cut down on questions and delays at airport security.

Get the latest security info. Check the Transportation Security Administration's web site before your trip. Make sure you have the latest security information. Requirements for carry-on bags and check-in policies change frequently.


What to Pack

A checklist. A good packing list can come in handy before and during your travels. You can double-check your items every time you repack your bags.

Medications. Take all of your child's medications in a carry-on bag. It'll be handy if you need it during the flight, and it won't get lost. Leave medications in their original packages so they can be easily identified by airport security. Keep liquids and gels separate from other carry-on items and stored in a clear plastic bag. If she has a prescription for epinephrine, have two doses on hand.

Medical ID bracelet. Your child should always wear a medical ID bracelet that explains her condition.

Emergency contact information. This should include contact information for your child's doctor and any other emergency phone numbers.

Extra food. Flights get delayed, and kids get hungry. So keep a snack or meal on hand, so you don't have to look for allergy-friendly food in the airport.

During a Flight

Spread the word. As soon as you board the plane, tell your flight attendant about your child's allergy. Do this even if you mentioned it when you booked the flight.

Keep medications handy. Keep your child's epinephrine auto-injectors and any other medications under the seat in front of you, not in the overhead bin.

Keep wet wipes handy. Your child can clean her tray table and arm rests during a flight with a travel pack of wipes.