4. pack medication for prevention and acute cases.
Despite these precautions, it can never be completely ruled out that contact with an allergen or an intolerable food component will occur during the vacation. Furthermore, in individual cases an allergic reaction may occur in the absence of allergens.
It is therefore important to always be prepared for acute cases, despite taking precautions. Various preparations can be used for this purpose in consultation with the doctor. These are often so-called antihistamines. In addition, no allergy sufferer should be without a special emergency kit for anaphylactic shock in their luggage.
But such medications can also be used preventively to ensure a carefree vacation - even if those affected come into contact with the allergen or with intolerable foods. For hay fever, for example, special nasal sprays can have a preventive effect. In the case of lactose intolerance, the missing enzyme can be taken, and in the case of histamine intolerance, great success is achieved by taking diamine oxidase.
It is therefore worthwhile to clarify the relevant options before the trip and to try them out for effect and tolerance. In this way, the trip can be started without worries.
However, it is not advisable to take a new preparation for the first time while traveling due to possible side effects or hypersensitivity reactions. Vacation is not the right place for "experiments".
5. pay attention to special features on arrival
Taking medications across national borders or on an airplane can cause problems. In the case of air travel, this is especially true if they are transported in hand luggage.
In such cases, it is important to leave the preparations in their original packaging. Ideally, a doctor's note in English or in the language of the destination country should also be carried, which makes it clear which medication is involved and why it is necessary.
On the plane, all medications should also be carried in a transparent film. However, this is not the only special feature when traveling to or returning from a trip as a person with allergies or intolerances.
There may be other obstacles, such as allergens on the plane or incompatible food ingredients in the food served there. In addition, some means of transportation, sometimes even airplanes, allow pets in the passenger compartment, which can also become a problem for allergy sufferers.
Therefore, allergy sufferers should always have their medication and emergency kit handy. When booking, it may be worth asking the airline, travel agent or other suitable contact if, for example, pets are allowed or if it is possible to order special food.
As a rule, a solution can then be found, such as placing them as far away from animals as possible or taking your own snacks. In case of doubt, traveling on your own, for example by car, is an easier and safer alternative. Transportation options should also be considered accordingly when choosing a destination.