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Allergies Health Center

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Relief for Allergies While Traveling

Whether you travel every week for business or just once a year to visit the grandparents, it’s important to head out prepared. Traveling with allergies can be a challenge, but with a few tips you can manage your symptoms.

Plan Ahead for Travel

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Getting relief from your allergies starts before you take a step out the door.

  • Check the pollen counts at your destination.
  • Pack all the medications you’ll need in your purse or carry-on bag. That way you'll have it in the car, in your train seat, or on the flight. Bring a day’s worth of extra doses just in case.
  • Keep medications in their original packaging if you’re flying. You should be allowed to check all types of medication through the security checkpoint.
  • If you use dust-proof, zippered pillow covers at home, pack one for the pillow at your destination. If you’re really expecting to encounter some dust mite problems while away, you can even fold up and pack your mattress cover, but that will take up more space.
  • If you have food allergies, pack safe snacks in your carry-on so you won’t have to take a chance on airline food or the options available in train stations, rest stops and airports.

Look for Allergy-Friendly Hotels

More hotels are advertising themselves as offering asthma- and allergy-friendly rooms. Ask your hotel if it offers them. They might include pillow and mattress covers and hypoallergenic linens.

Other accommodation requests:

  • If you're allergic to mold, ask for a room away from the pool.
  • Ask about the hotel’s pet policy. If you have dander allergies, you probably don’t want to stay in a hotel that advertises itself as pet-friendly or offers cats to borrow for the night!
  • If you’re staying in a rental home, ask how thoroughly it's cleaned between guests.
  • If you have severe allergies or asthma, see your allergist before you go to discuss your plans. Make sure you’ve done everything you need to so that you can enjoy your trip.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 03, 2014

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