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.
For people with allergies and asthma, sometimes the very air they breathe can be bad for their health. That’s because a variety of pollutants in our air -- collectively called smog -- can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms, leaving people with these conditions struggling to breathe.
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.