Traveling with Seasonal Allergies: Tips for Better Allergy Control
Seasonal allergies affect millions and millions of people around the world. They may have a significant impact on your daily life and cause even more discomfort when you are on vacation. In order to keep your allergy under control while traveling, you should plan everything ahead: consult with your doctor, prepare your medications and collect the prescription certificates if needed, make a little research on potential allergens at the place of your destination, etc.
More recommendations for traveling with seasonal allergies are suggested below.
Things to Consider Before You Leave Home
Once you decide where to travel, experts recommend that you discuss your plans with your doctor and see whether there’s anything you can do to reduce the risk of allergic reactions during your trip. Then, you will need to prepare all necessary allergy medications. Make sure that they remain in their original packaging and all the prescription drugs are accompanied with the certificate. If you are traveling by plane, don’t put your medicines in a checked luggage. Instead, store them all in your carry-on bag and remember to take them out, in case your hand luggage is checked due to a lack of space on board.
In addition, you can contact the hotel in which you are planning to stay and ask whether they can offer allergy-friendly accommodation for people with allergies. You can also travel with your own bed linens (for example, pillowcases and dust mite covers) to ensure the safety of your sleeping environment. This is not likely to affect the weight or size of your luggage too much anyways.
Another thing you may want to do is to check the coverage of your health insurance. This may help a lot, if you need any medical help during your trip.
Staying Allergy-Safe on the Road
Depending on the transport you use, there are various adjustments you can do to allergy-proof your environment.
Thus, when traveling by car, keep the windows closed if possible and use air conditioning instead. If you are using your own car, it would also be a good idea to change air filters before a long drive. If you are planning to rent a car, make sure that the unit you get is completely free of allergens like pet dander or smoke.
In case you are traveling by train or airplane, the risk of being exposed to smoke is quite low, as smoking on trains and planes is prohibited. However, these means of transport are not always pet-free. Therefore, if you have a pet allergy, you can contact your airline or railway company, inform them about your condition and request special arrangements if necessary.
Managing Allergy Symptoms During Your Trip
As soon as you arrive at your destination country (or city), you may want to check the locations of local emergency rooms, pharmacies and hospitals, just in case.
Those suffering from pollen allergies can also use special online sources to check the situation with pollen in the area. When the pollen counts are high, try to stay inside and avoid outdoor activities, if possible.
The Bottom Line
Whether it’s a vacation or business trip, traveling with allergies can cause a lot of discomfort. Nevertheless, making all necessary preparations in advance can help to avoid various allergy-related complications during your trip.
Besides, it’s also possible that the climate and weather at the place you are traveling to has a positive effect on your allergy, and your symptoms actually improve. However, this doesn’t mean that you can stop taking your allergy medications.