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Travelling with Allergies

Travelling with Allergies

Take a holiday from allergies.

When someone at home has an allergy, we do everything we can to protect them, and make life as easy as possible for them right?

We can create a safe haven, with every precaution taken, to ensure a safe and comfortable lifestyle. 

But what about when we are travelling?

Be it an ad hoc work trip, trip to meet friends, or a family holiday, no matter the time of year, planned and unexpected trips always come up; but all too many forget that there is so much we can do to ensure that these memory making moments aren’t ruined by allergies. The frustration of new bedding, running out of medication, and unknown surroundings can be avoided.  It’s time to start thinking of these precautions as a necessity, so a few moments’ preparations, can save an entire trip of misery.

How will you be travelling?

Ensure that all medications for your trip are always to hand whilst travelling.  Always include more than you think you may need to allow for delays or unexpected extensions to your trip.

Alternatively source a pharmacy near to your location that will be able to supply extra medication. 

Keep all medication in its original packaging, and sealed if possible, to avoid security check scrutiny.

Car – Car journeys needn’t be an issue, as you can turn it into a safe zone before you hit the road.  The upholstery and ventilation systems in a car can be breeding grounds for mould and dust mites, and we recommend that they be treated with mould and dust mite killing solutions, such as Bio-Life Home Cleanse or Air Cleanse at least a couple of hours before you leave.

Try to keep windows closed and your air conditioning to “re-circulate” to lessen your exposure to outdoor allergens. 

Plane – Ensure all allergy medication is included in your carry-on bag, as you might well need them, even during short flights.  Ensure you have enough with you for your entire travelling time in case of lost luggage. 

Flight cabins hold very dry air, and can aggravate nasal allergies, make sure to pack a sinus nasal spray, such as Salcura Sinose Natural Hay Fever Nasal Spray, to moisten nasal passages.

Chewing gum and drinking plenty of liquids can also help clear nasal passages.

Ship – Always ensure that your ship offers medical care onboard, particularly if it will be a long journey. Ensure that an adequate amount of care can be offered should your allergies worsen. 

It is always advised to research your destination thoroughly ahead of travel time.  Colder climates contain dry air which can aggravate respiratory problems, whereas warm and humid climates hold more pollen and mould. 

Staying in Hotels

We don’t want to think about it, particularly when staying in a high star rated hotel, but every hotel is used by a large volume of people, and so many are prime locations for dust mites and their faeces.

Some hotels now offer allergy-friendly rooms, with air purifiers and allergy-friendly encasements on their beddings.  Whilst booking ask if this is the case, and ensure you are given an allergy-friendly room.  (See www.allergyfriendlyhotels.com for more info)

However many hotels do not offer this, and so an alternative is to not leave home without your own encasements. 

The same encasements you use on your own beds at home year-round, for pillows, duvets and mattresses can be brought along with you, and as they fold down, will not take up much of your packing space, but will ensure your good night’s sleep isn’t disrupted by allergies and all the symptoms that go with it. 

Products we recommend:

Pillow Encasements

Pillow Covers

Duvet Encasements

Mattress Encasements

Children’s Bedding

If staying for a prolonged period, or for serious allergies, we would recommend bringing an air purifier for hotels/rented house stays.

We would recommend the AirFree range, as they are particularly compact, but still very powerful at sterilising allergens out of the air. 

Ensure to call or email ahead to the hotel to ask for bed sizes, so that you can ensure you bring the correct size of encasements.

If possible, and relevant, also request for rooms furthest away from any indoor pools, as proximity to pools will mean more moisture in walls and air vents.