Switch Language

Traveling with Allergies

Whether you’re road tripping to Grandma’s house or going on that dream beach vacation, check out these simple tips to help you minimize allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
symptoms during your trip. 

Divider

Tips for Travelling with Allergies

Think About Your Destination

Being near a large body of water, such as an ocean, may help reduce your exposure to pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
, depending on the types of trees and grasses around. For beach vacations, pick a location that isn’t near grasses and trees that are heavy pollen producers, like ragweed, Bermuda grass or oak trees.

Cruises can also be a good choice for people with seasonal allergiesX seasonal allergies
Characterized by an overreaction of the immune system to certain allergens (see Allergens) found outside, such as tree, grass or weed pollens, mould spores, etc. (Also called hay fever and outdoor allergies.) Seasonal allergies tend to last for shorter periods of time than those caused by exposure…
. Although pollen particles can travel out to sea, they’re less likely to cause an allergic reaction the further you get from land, as coastal winds can disperse them quickly. Some cruise ships even have “allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
-friendly” cabins.

Wherever your vacation takes you, be sure to check out the local pollen forecast so you can be prepared.

Fly the Allergy-Friendly Skies

Pet dander, mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms. 
 spores, dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
 and pollen can board your flight on people’s clothes, shoes, hair and luggage. To help reduce your exposure, wipe down your tray table, arm rests and window area with cleansing wipes and toss them in a sealable bag. 

The low humidity levels in airplane cabins may cause dehydration, which may irritate your allergies.1 Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and pack your allergy meds in case your symptoms act up in the air. Be sure to keep your medication in its original packaging to avoid hassles with the Transportation Security Administration.2 

Outlined lightbulb with rays of light

DID YOU KNOW?

Chances are, pet allergens are racking up some frequent flier miles with you — whether there’s a pet in a carrier under the seat beside you or dander hitched a free ride on someone’s clothes or shoes. 

Time Your Drive

Some research suggests that pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called a stamen or from the male cone of a tree. 
particles and air pollution caused by exhaust emissions from vehicles can interact to make allergies worse. To help minimize your exposure, plan your drive early in the morning or late in the evening when traffic is typically lighter. And be sure to keep the A/C on and the windows closed, so hitchhiking pollen spores can’t blow inside. 

Find more tips for reducing allergens in your car before you hit the road. 

Make No Room at the Inn for Allergens

Call the front desk to check if your hotel has “allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.  
-friendly” rooms before booking your trip. And be sure to use the air conditioner instead of opening hotel windows to help reduce your exposure to pollen. You can also pack a zippered, dust mite pillow case to cover the hotel’s pillow and limit your exposure to dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.

Keep Allergy Medication on Hand

It’s a good idea to keep allergy medication in your purse or backpack, so you’re prepared wherever your travels take you. Non-drowsy Claritin® Rapid Dissolve is easy to take without water for allergy symptom relief on the go. 

REFERENCES

  1. Sánchez-Borges, Mario & Cardona, Victòria & Worm, Margitta & F. Lockey, Richard & Sheikh, Aziz & Greenberger, Paul & J. Ansotegui, Ignacio & Ebisawa, Motohiro & El-Gamal, Yehia & Fineman, Stanley & Geller, Mario & Gonzalez-Estrada, Alexei & Tanno, Luciana & Thong, Bernard. (2017). In-flight allergic emergencies. World Allergy Organization Journal. 10. 10.1186/s40413-017-0148-1.
  2. Countless Tiny Creatures May Be Traveling for Thanksgiving Right Alongside You. Claritin® Blue Sky Living. Accessed October 15, 2017.

YOU MAY LIKE

A box of Claritin Allergy

Claritin® Tablets - 24HR

One non-drowsy tablet quickly and effectively relieves allergy symptoms all day. For ages 12+

A box of Syrup Claritin Kids

Claritin® Kids Syrup - 24HR

Claritin® Kids Syrup offers fast, all day non-drowsy seasonal allergy symptom relief in a great tasting grape flavour. Free of lactose, alcohol and dye. For ages 2-12

Claritin® Rapid Dissolve 24HR

Claritin® Rapid Dissolve - 24HR

Fast, non-drowsy all day allergy symptom relief in a melt in your mouth tablet that dissolves instantly without needing water. For ages 12+