Allergies and Asthma When Traveling

Plan ahead if you or your child has allergies or asthma.

Tips for travel

The following can help you and your family avoid problems when traveling:

  • Talk with your health care provider before you go. Make sure you have medications and know what to do if allergy or asthma symptoms worsen.

  • If you are traveling by plane, keep all medicines with you -- in your purse or carry-on luggage. Check with the airline ahead of time if you have liquid medications or use a nebulizer.

  • If you are traveling by car, keep the windows closed and set the ventilation system so that the air recirculates in the car.

  • Check pollen forecasts for your destination. The beach or mountains usually have few allergens. You can find current pollen and mold spore levels for U.S. cities on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology website.

  • Take extra care if you travel overseas. Carry your medicines in their original containers to ease your way through customs. If you use a portable nebulizer, find out if you will need to bring an electrical adapter.

  • If you are staying in a hotel, ask if an allergy-proof room is available. Make sure the room is for nonsmokers. If you’re sensitive to molds, ask for a room away from an indoor pool or hot tub.

  • If you are staying at the home of family or friends, ask to stay in a rooms where pets aren't allowed.

  • Be especially alert if you have food allergies. Tiny amounts of allergens may be present in some foods.

Plan for food allergy emergencies

If you have a dangerous food allergy, your provider may tell you to have an epinephrine shot with you at all times.

If you’re traveling by air, an epinephrine shot is allowed. It must have a printed label from the pharmacy or manufacturer.

 

Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, M.Ed
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically-affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 5/9/2014
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