People with food allergies often have to be extra cautious when they travel. When traveling to unfamiliar places, they need to make sure that they are not exposed to the allergen when they travel and dine in an unfamiliar city. When traveling to another country, the language barrier is something people with food allergies have to think about. They want to ensure they are not accidentally exposed to the food allergen, such as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, etc.
If people with food allergies need to travel by plane, ensuring safe travel starts with calling the airline. It is best for people with food allergies to call and book a flight, rather than booking online. It is better to be able to talk to an airline representative and inquire about its food allergy policy. If the airline does have one, what is it? In addition, they should ask a lot of questions.
For example, does the airline serve peanuts on the plane? If so, can a person with a peanut allergy request the airline to not serve peanuts on their flight? If not, can the airline make an announcement that a passenger is allergic to peanuts and therefore request that passengers refrain from eating peanuts or foods that contain peanuts? In addition, does the airline allow people with food allergies to board the plane early to wipe down the seat? Can the airline set up a buffer zone, i.e., 3 rows in front and behind the person with peanut allergies, where passengers are not allowed to eat peanuts.
There are also many allergy product resources that people with allergies can use to help them prevent accidental exposures when traveling. Dining at a restaurant in another country can be difficult. Unless the allergic individual can communicate his or her allergy to food to the wait staff and restaurant, food choices can be limited.
In order to solve this issue, travelers can take food allergy translation cards with them when they travel. They can make their own cards, or they can purchase ready-made cards from Select Wisely. These cards can be purchased from their website: www.selectwisely.com.
The safety cards are laminated and are the size of credit cards. The translations are done by professional translators with knowledge of regional food, culture and language variations. These cards do not guarantee users 100% protection and safe eating, but they do make eating in another country safer.
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