Get Relief for Your Allergies When You Travel

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on April 24, 2019

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.

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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

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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