Allergies are the last thing most people think about during their vacations. But forgetting the basics could result in a trip filled with allergy symptoms rather than good memories.
Do some research before you leave home. Make sure your destination is not populated with the specific type of plants to which you are allergic. If you are going to a place where there are a lot of allergy-inducing plants, talk to your pharmacist or doctor to see if you should take some preventative medication.
Always take your allergy medication with you when travelling. That way, relief will always be close at hand and you will not have to suffer if your allergy medication is not available at your destination. Keep in mind that dust mites and airborne pollens are more common in tropical climates. If possible, try to avoid travelling during peak pollen season for the region that you will be visiting.
Getting to your travel destination can also be a challenge. The air quality in airplanes can be a nuisance for allergy sufferers. Smoking is banned on all Canadian flights, so you can breathe easier, but airplanes air tends to be dry and can cause irritation. Put your allergy medication in your carry-on bags in case you need it during the flight – or in case your checked luggage goes missing.
If you are travelling by car and your car is slightly dusty, open the windows and put on the air conditioning for about 10 minutes before departing on a lengthy journey. Once you're on the go, close your windows and use the air conditioning. Travel in the morning when car pollution levels are at their lowest.
Once you get to your destination, be aware that dust mites and irritants of all kinds can be hidden in bed sheets and in dusty upholstery. If you're worried about the dust mites in your room, bring your own sheets. Ask your host or hotel personnel if an allergy-free room is available.
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