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Allergy-Safe Travel

By June 27, 2007

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The first time I had to go anywhere for a weekend after being diagnosed with celiac disease, I packed my clothes and toiletries in the tiniest overnight bag I could manage and lugged an enormous cooler full of food --- enough to last the entire three days, I figured --- around with me. I remember that weekend mostly for the perpetual quest to keep everything in that cooler on ice, and all the "fun" I had dumping water out in parking lots on the road. But I'll give myself this: I didn't get sick!

I recently spent about a week traveling. This time I brought nothing for myself to eat, although I did do a little grocery shopping when I reached my destination. And just like seven years ago, I didn't get sick.

Traveling with allergies, intolerances, or other food sensitivities can be incredibly daunting the first few times. It does, however, get easier with experience. Read on for more tips about food allergy travel -- finding lodging, traveling for business, and attending large events with food allergies.

August 2, 2007 at 5:06 pm
(1) Anouk says:

Just a note on this – I flew on Delta to Amsterdam with my severely allergic child — he’s allergic to nuts, peanuts, dairy, eggs, soy etc. I had called the airline several times before we traveled about this but could never get confirmation about the snacks being served on board. When we got on the flight I was told the ONLY snack on board was peanuts. We didn’t know if his allergy was airborne — we were about to find out! Luckily he was ok, but I found several peanuts around his seat and being two years old, he spent a lot of time crawling about under there. Apparently Delta, being based in Atlanta, frquently serves peanuts on their flights — to support the local economy. At the risk of people’s lives I find that appalling. I thought other readers should know this about the airline and if you can get anymore info on this, it would be useful! Thank you.

July 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm
(2) Sarina says:

I recently went on a trip with my sister & neice, who has severe food allergies, and would like to pass our experience on to others who may be looking for a travel destination that goes above and beyond to cater to people with food allergies. The place was called Woodloch Resort, in Pennyslvania- a very short drive from us in NYC. We were assured when making our reservation that the dining rooms are well-trained and equipped to serve people with food allergies. And they DEFINITELY lived up to their promise. When we checked in, the girl behind the front desk had a dining room manager come & talk to us about Sara’s food allergies. He planned out every meal with us, with lots of variety. He made my sister & Sara feel so safe knowing that everything would be taken care of. And the week went by with no problems at all!

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