Travel is fun. Period.
But it can be challenging if you have health conditions that most people aren’t familiar with, or are properly aware of. And nut allergy is just such a condition.
Nuts are used so commonly and in so many things that even those who have a general familiarity with nut allergies might still not be as aware as they need to be. This can be a huge problem, especially when traveling.
Traveling is fun, but the last thing you want is to be in pain in a faraway, unfamiliar place, just because someone or the other was not aware of what your condition means and what they should have done to not trigger it.
But don’t worry though, because there are things you can do to minimise the risks of your nut allergy getting triggered.
Read on to find out more.
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Nut allergy safety tips
If you suffer from a nut allergy, check out the following nine tips to make your travel easier, and minimise the risks of any problems:
- Check the airline’s policy on nuts – There are lots of airlines around, with more cropping up regularly. Not all of them have the same policy on nut usage. So before you travel, make sure to check out what your airline’s nut policy is.
- Get in touch with the airline before flying – While you are booking your flight, you should have the option to include information about your nut allergy (usually in the dietary preferences section). Make sure that you mention about your nut allergy.
- Make the airline check-in staff aware – It is always better to double-check with the check-in staff that they know about your nut allergy. On occasion, some airlines have been known not to pass on all the details to their staff, especially when it comes to dietary requirements. So, find out about this during checking in at the airport, just to be on the safe side.
- Bring your own food – Most airlines will take on board nut allergies and make sure that the food you served does not have any nuts. But in case your airline cannot cater to your allergy, or there are doubts, bring your own food.
- Have medical documents with you – It should be enough to just let the airline staff know about your nut allergy, but it is still better to have the medical document(s) with you which confirm the details of your nut allergy. This will usually just be a letter from your doctor confirming your nut allergy, any relevant detail, and also that you are fit to fly.
- Pre-board the plane – Getting on the plane before everyone else can be useful, as this way you can clean your seat and the surrounding areas to make sure that no allergens will be around you. Have a word with the airline beforehand if you want to/need to do this.
- Bring medications – Take the necessary medication (like your EpiPen) with you, just in case you suffer an allergic reaction. Hopefully, you won’t. But it is better to have them with you and not need them.
- Sit in the front – Sitting at the front of the plane can reduce the chances of exposure to the rest of the plane, and allergens.
- Fly red-eye – Red-eye flights are usually the first flights of the day, and go through a deep-clean before being boarded. So flying red-eye can reduce the chances of any allergens being present inside the plane.
Forewarned is forearmed
If you have a nut allergy and want to travel, at the end of the day it will come down to you to take as many precautionary measures as you can. So follow the tips above, and do what you can to prevent any problems.
Look after your health when you travel.
Prepare, and take precautions. Precaution, after all, is better than cure.
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