Get Relief for Your Allergies When You Travel

You don't have to let your allergies flare up when you hit the road. A little advance planning can keep your symptoms in check, no matter how far from home you wander.

Before you step out the door, follow these tips:

  • Check the pollen counts at your destination.
  • Pack all the meds you need in your purse or carry-on bag. That way you'll have them with you in the car, train, or plane. Bring a day's worth of extra doses just in case.
  • Keep medicine in the 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 road.
  • If you're expecting to run into 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 things you buy in in train stations, rest stops, and airports.

Be Picky About Where You Stay

Some hotels offer asthma- and allergy-friendly rooms. Call ahead to find out. They might include pillow and mattress covers and hypoallergenic linens.

Other things to check:

  • If you're allergic to mold, see if you can get 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 one that calls itself pet-friendly.
  • If you're staying in a rental home, ask how thoroughly it's cleaned between guests.
  • If you have severe allergies or asthma, discuss your travel plans with your doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on April 24, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

James Sublett, MD, allergist, Louisville, Ky.

Linda Ford, MD, allergist, Papillion, Ne.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Milwaukee, Wis.

Warren Filley, MD, allergist, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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