So I am getting ready to head up to Montreal, and like anyone planning for a trip you have your routines down pat.  When traveling with food allergies, there are extra steps I take in order to avoid rushes to the hospitals away from home. When this Allergic Traveler hits the road, these are her musts…

10. A good book. No matter how much social networking I am connected to, I also bring a book. Social media is entertaining but, if there are no new updates or if I find myself zipping through it, then I am going to have a lot of extra time on my hands.  I bring a book, as I will inevitably have a lot of down time.

9.  A Camera. If I don’t, I’ll be mad at myself forever!

8. My Allergic Traveler bag. It’s primarily where I keep all my fliers, info and business cards. The main reason I carry it though, is because it brings awareness to the issue. My bag is embroidered with “Allergic Traveler” on it. I can’t tell you how many people stop to ask me questions about it or to tell me their story or their child’s story.

7. Baggy clothes. If I do happen to have an allergic reaction, it’s best to have baggy clothes and to bring layers.  Often times, my body will go to extremes when I have an allergic reaction, I will get terribly cold or terribly hot. For either situation, constrictive clothes are not ideal.

6. Dried snacks. Dried fruit is the most common one that allergic people bring. You can also get dried carrots or sweet potatoes! If traveling by car, then I load up the cooler.

5. Baked goods. Inevitably while traveling, there will come a time when I can’t find a restaurant I can eat at or a grocery store in my vicinity. These are ideal times to have some baked goods on hand.  Baking always brings back memories of home. It is a safe food that I know was prepared by someone who loves me. I encourage you to bring home made baked goods before hitting the road.

4. Allergic Traveler cards. I bring both wallet size and luggage tag. Again, the luggage tag brings awareness to the issue. It is also a must for unaccompanied minors traveling. As kids often loose things, it’s a good back up to have it on their bag as well. Now if your child is always traveling with you, then I highly recommend you both carry the wallet card. That way you both can’t lose them!

3.  Benadryl. I pack both the strips and the pills. For me, I find the strips work faster, especially if it is a minor reaction. If it is a full-blown reaction, I definitely take the pills and seek medical help.

2. Epi-Pen. I always make sure it is not expired. I recommend carrying two.

1. Great attitude! Remember you are going to see new things, meet new people, experience new food and learn lots. Traveling should not be stressful for you or your child. It definitely can be, so the more prepared I am, the more excited I am about traveling.

Author: Tarah Jakubiak

After working for 20 years in the corporate world, Tarah Jakubiak founded Allergic Traveler. Jakubiak, president of Allergic Traveler has traveled the world since the age of two. She has been to 25 countries and 34 states. Jakubiak has been to all inclusives, gone on cruises, gone camping; backpacking through Europe, gone to the big cities, and little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Jakubiak is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband.