Food allergies shouldn’t stop you from doing your favorite activities during the summer. Be creative and follow the old adage, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Here are some tips to get you going.
Eating away from home
Dining out is part of travel but poses problems if you have food allergies. Do some research on the internet before your trip to locate restaurants that will be safe for your eating issues. Many restaurants have online menus. Check those out ahead of time. If you need to double-check on menu offerings, phone potential eateries once you arrive at your destination.
Be upfront with people in explaining your situation. Don’t worry about appearing to be a picky eater. Asking questions when eating out at a restaurant or someone’s house is your defense against consuming unsafe ingredients. It’s better to have your questions answered than get sick.
Hotel/motel rooms equipped with kitchenettes or a microwave/mini-fridge are a great deal for travelers with food allergies. You can pick up some items at the local grocery store and whip up a meal. Always remember to pack along a few utensils and a microwave-safe container.
Take along an ice chest packed with “safe” foods and snacks. Enjoy picnics along your route and save money. Put reusable ice packs in your cooler. You can refreeze them every night if you are staying in motel with a mini-fridge.
Look for health food or co-op-type markets. They usually have a good selection of food items for people with dietary issues.
Fun at home
You don’t have to travel to have summer fun. Why not pack a picnic and head to the lake, park or river. You can pack whatever you want without having to worry.
Make an evening special by having a barbecue.
Take along medications
Pack along your EpiPens and Benadryl whenever you are away from home.
Emphasize fun rather than food
You may not be able to eat certain foods but you can still make special summer memories. Create these memories by focusing on activities rather than food.