How To Manage Food Allergies While Travelling

The thought of travelling can sometimes raise feelings of apprehension for people with food sensitivities, and many would rather stay close to home than travel abroad. Food allergies can be a major source of anxiety, especially when you’re not sure what your triggers are. Studies reveal that 2 million people in the UK face this health challenge, so it’s important to learn more about it to help you make informed decisions. With that said, here’s how to manage your food sensitivities more effectively while travelling.

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Research the destination’s cuisine and dietary options

As a person with food intolerance or sensitivities, it’s prudent to conduct thorough research before your trip. The goal is to safeguard your health from the discomfort and inconveniences of being far from home when there’s a flare-up. It’s time to get proactive by getting on the internet to research your destination. Aside from security, places to visit, and accommodation arrangements, it’s crucial to learn more about the destination’s dietary options. Look for cafes, restaurants, and other eateries that cater to specific dietary needs. 

This wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago, but increasing awareness compels well-established restaurants to do better. Some make it a point to factor restricted dietary options into their meal planning. Search for online forums and travel blogs to read about shared food experiences. The more reviews there are, the higher the chances of finding a food intolerance similar to yours. Believe it or not, these preparations help alleviate the stress usually associated with travelling with food intolerances. You deserve to have peace of mind on your travels.

Pack a travel-friendly food kit and seek help before travelling

This step is one of the most proactive things you can do as a traveller with food intolerance. A travel-friendly food kit includes non-perishable snacks and ingredients your digestive system is comfortable with. Every edible thing you pack must be specific to your dietary needs and, more importantly, sustain you for a few days until you find the right restaurant. The risks of triggering a food intolerance are high if you fail to do the needful. You will find travel-sized containers for your essential spices and condiments to add taste to your food without fearing triggering any digestive intolerance. It helps to reconsider your stance on seeking professional help before travelling. A digestive health clinic will be your best bet, as they can guide you to avoid potential food triggers that might aggravate any gastrointestinal condition. These are deliberate steps worth taking to enjoy your planned travels.

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Learn basic phrases and allergens in the local language

Communication is key to ensuring that your dietary needs and restrictions are met. It is in your best interest to learn basic phrases and allergens in the local language of your destination. You should be able to say, ‘I am allergic to…’ in the local language to save you from discomfort later on. Another option is to learn to ask questions like, ‘Does this contain….?’ The more phrases you learn, the less difficult it will be to communicate your dietary needs in a foreign restaurant where your mother tongue is not the language spoken.

Furthermore, research the names of popular food allergens that trigger your sensitivities. Learning the names of your specific food allergens in the local language is an excellent strategy to safeguard your health, while enjoying your holiday.


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