Traveling lets you experience tons of awesome goodness and new discoveries! One of the aspects vastly introduced to you in a special way when you visit different places is the food. It’s always a travel highlight to be able to taste various destinations’ famous local dishes and favorites! You get not just a mere experience but a literal taste of their beauty by means of food!
Indeed, it’s a precious chance to explore diverse foods as a traveler, however, there’s a huge challenge if you are allergic to certain kinds of food. You always need to take care of yourself and be careful with what you eat during your travel.
Below are 5 travel tips for you if you have food allergies!
#1: INFORMATION OF STAFF
When you eat out in restaurants, fast food chains, street food stalls and other eating places, carefully look through the menus. Always see to it that your choice won’t contain any of the food you are allergic in.
Before you make your order, ask the staff about the components of the dish you’re eyeing on. It’s important to know because there might be ingredients that could trigger your allergies.
For hotel room services delivering food, do not forget to inform the hotel staff about food and ingredients you are not allowed to have. In that way, they will not serve meals with those. At the same time, they can give you a heads-up about the selections which are not recommendable for you.
#2: RESEARCH RESTAURANTS AHEAD
So you will not have to waste time strolling around the city to look for the most suitable restaurant for you to eat in, research eating areas ahead of time. It would be very helpful, so you can immediately know the dishes you want and you can take. Also, you can inquire through messaging and/or calling the stores through their contact numbers posted online.
This will take some time, but it’s for sure safety. It would not be very enjoyable if you will be widely limited from eating food on the menu. Another good thing about looking up food shops before walking out of your hotel or inn is that you can read the reviews and see ratings from both locals and travelers like you who visited the restaurants and tried their food. They can help you decide where to eat.
Truly, with the help of technology and Internet, your travel stress can be lessened; you can be even more prepared and informed.
#3: PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
A traveler with food allergies does not just take care of what he/she eats. Of course, there’s an inevitable need to be ready for unexpected possibilities. That’s why you must never forget to bring your personal medications as you travel.
If you do not take your medicines, it’s surely going to be hard for you to find the same, especially if it cannot be bought over the counter. This is also difficult if the place you’re traveling in or the tourist spot you’ll be visiting is far from the city. This is the hardest if you’re going out of your country.
Bring copies of your doctor’s prescriptions, so when needed to present for purchase and medication provision consent, you will not have a problem. It will be helpful if you ask your physician to provide extra copies for you travel needs. Moreover, consider health consultation before traveling and ask for other instructions on food intake.
#4: YOUR FOOD
Since you might get hungry on the way, and you cannot immediately obtain any food, it’s essential that you carry your own snack inside your bag. It should not be perishable, so you can have it any time, any day. Something safe for you to eat is what it should be!
When you find abroad some food that you eat alike in your country, be careful and do not assume that they are comprised of the same ingredients. There might be modifications due to local preferences and weather and climate differences. Even in these little details, do not hesitate to ask just to be sure.
#5: NEARBY HEALTH SITES
Sometimes, although you are very careful, there are times when you overlook the food you eat, so your allergies get triggered. Wherever you’re staying in for your travel vacation, make sure to know the nearby health centers, clinics and hospitals. You will be vitally needing that information, just in case of allergic reactions.
Additionally, if you are in a high-quality hotel (or a luxury hotel), inquire if they have on-site clinics and physicians. Know the aid they can give you with relation to your health condition. It would be very significant, so you know you can count on them, and so they know that they must be alert, just in case.
When traveling, it is a must to stay healthy. The environment and the activities you engage in and the people you get in contact with can affect your health, but most especially, the foods you take in are part of it. You must be aware and alert about what you eat. Of course, as a traveler, lots of things are unknown and foreign to you, so don’t just eat anything without knowing what it’s made of.
Having food allergies is no joke since it hampers you to try and taste particular foods. At the same time, your travel will be less enjoyable if you experience allergic reactions like rashes, redness and itchiness. You never want that, so it’s just best to be mindful of what you eat and be ready with your health needs for your travel. Wander the world with a safe and healthy body!
Nicole Ann Pore finds glee in writing about travel — world destinations, accommodation, tourist sites, vacation spots and everything else related to it! For her, the beauty of this world is amazing and worth-sharing, and traveling is one of the purest ways to acknowledge it. She is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta Hotel, a five-star hotel in Parramatta, New South Wales which provides a rewarding stay and a close reach of Australia’s noteworthy features. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.