It is possible to enjoy a lifetime of travel, even if you have food allergies. By planning ahead and taking precautions, you can be allergy aware and stay safe while travelling.
Before You Go
- Plan ahead! Think of your needs, and ask other families what their experiences are.
- Call resorts or hotels and ask about their food allergy policies (and their pet policies, if you are allergic to animals).
- Consider ordering a room with either a kitchenette or refrigerator/microwave so that you can make some of your own meals.
- Find out which restaurants are in the area, and call them to learn about their allergy policies. Visit our Dining Out page to learn more about eating out safely.
- Pack safe snacks and meals in case there are no safe restaurants along the way.
- Be sure to check out the travel tips from the International Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Alliance. There are more than 20 international food allergy organizations as a part of this alliance, including Food Allergy Canada. You’ll find important tips when travelling with food allergies, including current regulations, medication availability and policies, emergency services, food labelling, meal planning and dining out.
Travelling with Kids
For more information on travelling with children, please visit our Newly Diagnosed Support Centre.
If You Are Flying
- Call the airline before booking and ask what their allergy policies are. Every airline is different and some are more helpful than others. Most need advance notice in order to make accommodations.
- Always carry your epinephrine auto-injectors with you, in your carry-on bag. Bring at least two for your flight.
- Eat a good meal at home before heading to the airport, bring food and snacks to eat in the airport and on the airplane.
- If you have small children, pre-board the plane and wipe down all seats, walls, windows and tray tables to avoid contact reactions.
- Tell the flight attendant about your allergies before boarding the plane.
If you are travelling outside of your home country, look into buying travelers health insurance. If you are in a non-English speaking country, make sure that you know how to contact emergency services and explain that someone is having an allergic reaction. It is always a good idea before you travel to find out where the nearest hospitals are, and whether 9-1-1 service is offered in the area.