I hope everybody is gearing up to enjoy a great 4th, but since that means travel for many of us, I wanted to share these great tips I just got from FAAN.
First of all, if you're traveling by car, try to start the trip after a meal: It saves time, worry and stress! Take along more medication than you think you'll need and don't forget a copy of your Food Allergy Action Plan. You can download a template here. You'll also want to pack plenty of safe food options--you never know what a road trip can involve so be prepared!
Also, if you are traveling by airplane, check out FAAN's air travel link. Don't forget to remind the airline about your family's food allergy needs and don't forget to keep the EpiPen with you in the cabin.
In fact, as FAAN suggests, always remember to keep your EpiPen with you at all times.
My personal tip: Don't risk a food because you don't want to "offend" someone. If you're unsure that the food is safe--just skip it. Bring your own safe dessert or treat for your child and be sure to teach your child to decline a food politely. It's a lot more fun to stay at the backyard BBQ and avoid a potentially unsafe food than to take a trip to the ER on a holiday weekend!
Have a great time everybody!