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 , 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 . 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 “-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, spores, 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