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Travelling with Anaphylaxis
Contact your airline to see what their policies are regarding allergies, some airlines now have allergy and peanut policies such as Qantas. Call around and see which airline’s attitude towards allergy suits your family best. Some airlines may require you to sign a disclaimer type document, check in advance what is required or have your travel agent check.
See your doctor to discuss the trip.
Contact the resort or hotel you are considering to see if they can accommodate your food needs or allow you to cook or provide a means to store ‘safe foods’ in your room.
It is a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining your allergies and the need to carry an Epi pen / adrenalin, there is also a ‘travel plan’ form to be completed by your doctor that can be downloaded from the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)
Carry your epi pen on board and with you at all times, do not check it in with your luggage.
Make security aware of your Epi pens at airports and show them the completed ‘travel plan’ if required, it is also a good idea to get your pharmacist to put an extra prescription label sticker on the vial as well as the box.
On the day of your flight let the airline ground staff know about the allergy and that you are carrying Epi pens and again advise the cabin crew, we have heard stories of airline staff reportedly making announcements eg. that a passenger has a severe nut allergy so for other passengers to kindly refrain from eating nut products’ so it is worthwhile making sure everyone is aware. Cabin crew will also need to be aware incase there is an Anaphylactic episode in flight.
Do your homework, check out where medical facilities are located at your destination.
For more travel information with allergies download the travel Information fact sheet from allergyfacts.org.au
There are also several very helpful products you can use to help you order and purchase food at your destination in restaurants and even grocery stores. The following are just a several products available to help you travel overseas.
Select Wisely - Food translation cards for communicating food allergies.
Shop around for travel insurance, some companies do automatically cover for anaphylaxis without you needing to apply for pre existing medical condition cover and they therefore don’t charge you an additional premium. If you do need to apply for cover for an existing medical condition make sure you do so well in advance of your travel date. Check that your policy covers for medical repatriation if required.