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Travel Tip: How to Protect Yourself With Food Allergy Resources

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allergyeatsIt can be tricky to navigate travel with a food allergy—especially if others aren’t so educated about how to accommodate your needs.

Here are some helpful resources.

What makes allergies especially complicated is that language barriers make it difficult to communicate your needs.

One helpful resource is SelectWisely.com, where you can order allergy and emergency cards in several languages, and you can even add pictures.

AllergyEats.com, which is also available as a smartphone app, lists allergy-friendly restaurants around the U.S., which you can filter by items like gluten, fish, and dairy.

AllergyFreePassport.com offers tips on travel, reading food labels, and snack suggestions.

Avoid buffets or other self-serve situations where there’s a risk of cross-contamination.

Just because an item doesn’t have peanuts in it, doesn’t mean the serving spoon doesn’t have trace elements.

Speaking of peanuts, some airlines have stopped serving them…but not all.

Right now, the Department of Transportation is reviewing public commentary and studies to decide whether it should implement an across-the-board ban.

For more information, visit the Health Archives.

Keep reading for more travel tips.

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