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Allergy Summer Travel

July 11, 2022


Happy July!


Summer is now in full swing, and people are taking trips and going on vacations. Chicago Allergy & Asthma wants to offer some travel tips for healthy and safe travels and trips. Be sure to pack medications, a first-aid kit, allergy-friendly snacks, and travel entertainment for kids as well as adults.   Refill your prescription medications and pick up over-the-counter medicines. Create lists of your current medical conditions, medications, prescribing physicians, and dosages.

Medication/first-aid kit that includes:

  • Pack daily medications for everyone in the family, enough for the length of your trip, with a few “emergency spares”
  • Any rescue medication(s) such as Inhalers and EpiPens
  • Over-the-counter prevention and treatment
    • Sunscreen, insect repellant, antihistamines, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacid, motion sickness medicine, expectorant, pain and fever medicine, mild laxative, mild sleep aid
  • First-aid kit should include
    • Hydrocortisone cream, antibacterial ointment, antiseptic wound cleaner, sunburn gel/cream, insect bite/anti-itch cream, bandages, tweezers, eye drops/rinse, alcohol wipes, small scissors

Other Tips:

  • Consider ordering and wearing a medical identification bracelet if you have asthma or severe allergies
  • Plan ahead for allergy-friendly snacks, family favorite snacks, and travel cold pack/cooler. Things like applesauce pouches, string cheese, veggie sticks, gluten-free crackers, and trail mix travel well
  • Look up smart packing hacks
  • Don’t forget to read labels for on-the-road food purchases and ask about ingredients in restaurants. Food allergens can sneak in and cause problems on vacation
  • Check the weather and pollen forecast for your destination
  • Be sure to have your health insurance card with you
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids

Have a safe, healthy, and happy July.  Book your appointments now for back-to-school check-ups.


Chicago Allergy & Asthma