Spring break is almost here! Whether you're traveling to a faraway beach, heading to a national park or trekking to a big city, these tips will help you control your allergy symptoms while you're gone.
Travel to Warmer Locations Could Mean Allergens Are High
If the weather where you live is still cold and wintry, it's easy to forget that in warmer areas of the country and the world, plants are beginning to bud and pollen count is rising. If your allergies are exacerbated by plant activity, stock up on the usual medications before leaving on your trip. Speak with your allergy doctor about getting extra doses of your prescription medications. If you're traveling to a location in the United States, don't forget to check the National Allergy Bureau allergen count page, which is updated on a regular basis.
Bring Medications In Carry On with Doctor's Note
If you're flying, keep your allergy medications in your carry on. Travel with a copy of your prescription, and keep the medication in its original packaging. Familiarize yourself with the TSA's medication policy before flying with medicine.
Book Chain Hotels for Predictability
Book your room at a hotel that offers smoke free rooms and allergy safe linens to guests in need. Make sure your hotel has a very clear pet policy that prevents pets from staying in rooms. International chain hotels often have the same policies from one hotel to another, and may offer special accommodations for travelers with allergies, so check with the big name hotels before considering independent operations. Request any special accommodations (like a smoke-free, pet-free room) ahead of time. If your hotel chain doesn't offer hypoallergenic linens, bring your own pillow cover from home.
Use the Air Conditioner
If you're traveling in the car, leave the air conditioner running and leave the windows rolled up. Recycle the air in the car's cabin, rather than drawing the air from outside the car. Using the car's air conditioner will filter some of the pollen and allergens from the air, and will also prevent pollen, dust and mold from entering through the car windows. Use the air conditioner at your hotel, as well. Again, air conditioners use filters to prevent dust and pollutants from circulating through the system, which can help you sleep well at night.
Speak With Your Allergy Doctor Ahead of Time
Tell your allergy doctor where you'll be going and how you'll be getting there. Your allergy doctor like one from Allergy Partners of Raleigh will know which travel destinations and which modes of transportation will most greatly affect your allergies. Your allergy doctor will be able to make recommendations and develop a personal plan for reducing your allergy symptoms on your trip.