Traveling with Allergies!

It definitely feels a little weird to write about something not related to Corona at the moment, but I was hoping my blog could be a distraction for some of you who are overwhelmed and stressed. Coming up with posts for a travel blog when you can’t leave the house is definitely a challenge, but I’m going to do my best to create new content each week! Today, I thought I would talk about my experience traveling with a food allergy. I’m severely allergic to peanuts, and I’ve carried my epipen around with me since the age of 3. Luckily, I’ve never had to use it, but I have had a few close calls, and they can be very scary!

Traveling is extremely difficult for people with larger food allergies, such as gluten, and the language barrier makes it hard to communicate these circumstances. I had more trouble when it came to dessert and sweets (especially gelato) where cross contamination can be a problem. I always learned how to say “does this have peanuts in it?” in different languages, but I didn’t always have the best experience with that…

When we were in Paris, I was pretty young so my sister asked someone working at a cafe if the pastry had peanuts in it (in French). Long story short, they pretended like they didn’t understand her (it was a bit awkward)… So you might not always have the best luck, but it works for us most of the time!

For allergies like mine, I’ve learned that it’s easiest to stay away from food that could potentially have peanuts in it. The risk is too high, and I never find myself enjoying my gelato (for example) if I’m constantly worrying that it could have traces of peanuts in it – it’s really draining and just not worth it! Nonetheless, I always make an effort communicate my allergy and prevent any cross contamination. Bottom line, carry your epipen everywhere, and be okay with sacrificing certain foods every once in a while.

Comment your experiences with food allergies! I’d love to learn more about how people stay safe while traveling.

Thank you so much for reading, and stay inside!

❤ Pauline

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