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26-08-2018

It is difficult to anticipate the many situations that may be encountered when travelling, but many resources are easily available to make travel plans easier and safer,  with the airline food, carrying medication on your person at all times, locating local hospitals and emergency contact numbers, food labelling lists in various countries, translation cards for your wallet, Action Plans to update and travel letters from your GP. Take out travel insurance and declare being at-risk of anaphylaxis when purchasing. Communication and planning ahead are key, particularly to avoid decision making when tired, hungry or rushed.

When booking your flight, read the airline allergy policy, some airlines require those with peanut allergy to sign an indemnity form, notify the reservation agent of your food allergy and ask for the information to be forwarded to the flight crew, arrange a letter from your doctor confirming your food allergy and indicating your need to carry medication ( carry two auto injectors ) and food/drinks with you.  The Australian Society of Clinical Immunology, ASCIA provides a travel plan and checklist to be used in conjunction with an ASCIA Action Plan for anaphylaxis to be completed by your GP before travel.  The checklist provided is thorough and is in tick-chart form https://allergy.org.au/hp/anaphylaxis/ascia-travel-plan-anaphylaxis

Wearing medical identification indicating your allergies is recommended and keeping  the autoinjectors and/or medications with you rather than in the overhead locker is recommended. Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia provides a table comparing airlines regarding their snacks and food, customer support, peanuts snacks and some indication of the staff training, https://allergyfacts.org.au/allergy-management/risk/travelling-with-allergies

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia provides a video update for your travel companion regarding how to use an EpiPen at allergyfacts.org.au

When cruising with food allergies, disclose your allergy when booking and ask regarding paperwork required before the cruise. The different companies and countries have customs regulations and have different policies regarding bringing foods from home and from the ship for shore trips.

For parents and children, the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and ASCIA  have developed a free smartphone app to help increase the safety of children with food and insect allergy, Allergy Pal. The app allows fast access to the current ASCIA Action Plan, expiry dates of autoinjectors 

Multilanguage translation cards for food and medication allergies and special diets are available to download at  SelectWisely and are also available at allergyuk.org

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