Dealing with food allergies on vacation

Just recently this was brought up on one of the travel agent forums that My Vacation Lady belongs to.

A child had severe peanut allergies.  How can he travel safely on a plane? 

taking kids on vacationThat’s a tough one.  Even though there are some peanut free airlines, what about if the other passengers bring peanuts with them on the plane?

There are certain airlines that are better than others.  Alaska Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue and Southwest all were brought up by my colleagues as having the best policies on peanut free flights when there is a highly allergic passenger on board.

Some of the suggestions were:

1.  call the airline first and have a note from your doctor

2.  Ask to pre-board so that you can wipe down the tray tables surrounding your seat with Clorox or Lysol wipes.

3.  Go to your allergist to work out a pre-medication schedule prior to flying, that will help in case of any cross contamination exposures

4.  Ask the flight attendants to request that passengers don’t eat peanuts on board (that may be a hard one)

5.  Take the first flight of the day.  There may be less cross contamination on the earlier flights and less passengers may be snacking on peanuts at that hour.

6.  Have an Epi pen as a precaution and wear a face mask over his nose and mouth.

My Vacation Lady will always recommend speaking to your physician if you are taking a vacation and have severe food allergies.  We can certainly assist in recommending hotels and resorts that are better than others in dealing with these situations.  As with airlines, there are also, resorts that can handle food allergies better than others.  My Vacation Lady can help narrow down options for you that will work for your situation.

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Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.