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.