Being somebody that travels a lot myself, I know how hard it is to be picky with your food in another country. This difficulty could potentially be a lot more difficult if you have a food intolerance! Foreign countries may not always understand your language, room service is always prepared behind closed doors and some places simply want to take short cuts out from helping you!
It is so important that you do not let your allergies get in the way of you having the time of your life away however, which is why we have a quick guide for you here.
1. Choose where to go- For people with food allergies, often deciding on a destination requires some extra planning and thought. If you have a peanut allergy, perhaps a remote village in Vietnam or Thailand is not the way to go…this being said, if this is what you want, perhaps discuss your travel options and safety plan with your Doctor before making final decisions.
2. Research local hospitals and medicare- Just to give you a peace of mind before you leave!
3.Carry hand wipes-Washing your hands frequently is a great way to prevent accidentally coming into contact with allergens. But when you’re traveling you can’t count on having access to soap and running water. A good supply of hand wipes ensures that you can clean your hands and wipe any eating utensils that may have come in contact with foods that may cause a reaction.
4. Pre-Pack Safe food-if possible, bring safe food to last you until at least the beginning of your trip. If you are in an area where it is not easy to purchase or order allergen-free food, stock up on food supply! Sometimes if you are travelling internationally, it is hard to be able to read labels at local grocery stores.
5. Make sure your travel insurance covers you-Most travel insurance covers pre-existing cases such as food allergies without any extra surcharge. To be sure, we know that Mondial and Aussie Travel Cover are very food-allergy friendly.
6. Download a restaurant card! Restaurant cards like this one are available in 51 languages for Coeliacs are a great way for restaurants to take you seriously.
I hope that this guide has helped you and that you have safe and happy travels, filled with good food for you Ingredient savvy Ingredieaters!
Whether you love it or hate it, Fast food is everywhere! Our Multinational Companies are banging these joints out by the hundreds each year, but ultimately these can be death traps for those with food allergies. There are pro’s and con’s to the fast food situation- Pro’s: if you request that something be free of eggs/cheese etc, and you do get sick because they have not listened to your instructions, you can sue these joints big time. Cons? These joints get hundreds of visitors a day, and there is a reason why they are called FAST food joints. With the hustle and bustle of visitors coming in and out and workers rushing around, there is a lot of room for mistakes.
Whilst browsing the net however, I found a story that was quite refreshing regarding one person’s experience with McDonalds and how they respected her food allergy. As the food Allergy Assistant says:
Here are a few tips we’ve learned about ordering at fast food restaurants:
- Avoid the drive-through.
- Try to arrive at less busy times.
- Be clear about the food allergies and what you need for them to do.
- Model a consistent dialogue and tone knowing that your child will eventually need to order for him/her self
- Watch the food preparation.
- Don’t hesitate to alert the manager if you are uncomfortable with anything you’ve seen.
- Thank the employees for their extra efforts.
Click here to see the full article.
Whether you think Ronald is a devil or an angel, always be careful when it comes to fast food decisions!
Is Ronald a beast or best friend?