Travel
Travelling away from home can be full of adventure. Severe allergies do not have to keep you at home. You can explore new places and enjoy travelling if you take some steps to prepare for your journey.

Before you go:
  • Know where the nearest hospital is located and the local emergency number of the country you are visiting.
  • Ask your doctor how many auto-injectors you should take and for a letter stating you have severe allergies in case you need drugs in a foreign country.
  • Learn the names of your allergen in the language of the country you are visiting and research their food labelling requirements.
  • Make sure that you have enough medical insurance for travelling.
  • Consider staying somewhere that has a kitchenette so you can make your own meals.
  • Review on-line allergy policies for train, boat/cruise and air travel. Find out what you can bring on board.
  • Visit the websites of local allergy associations to learn more about food labelling practices and availability of epinephrine. Go to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Alliance website where you can link to allergy associations around the world.

While travelling:
  • Make sure your medications such as epinephrine auto-injectors and asthma inhalers are kept with you and easy to reach. 
  • Ask to pre-board and let the airline crew know about your allergy.
  • Prepare your seating area. Use disposable wipes to clean washable surfaces. Some people like to cover the seat with a clean blanket for younger children.
  • Tell the people you are travelling with about your allergies. They may be willing to avoid eating something that you are allergic to while they are next to you. They may also be willing to help you get the attention of a flight attendant or the conductor in an emergency.
  • Remember to wash your hands before eating.
  • Bring your own safe food and snacks with you.
  • Wear medical identification such as a MedicAlert® bracelet.

 

Canadian Airline Allergy Policies
Make sure you know the allergy policy of your airline before you fly. Click on the following links for more information.

Air Canada
Porter
WestJet

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