a. Look for accommodation with kitchen and/or refrigerator/freezer
b. Will hotel store your food?
c. Can hotel cook safe, allergen-free meals for you?
d. Is hotel FA trained? (ingredients, cross-contamination, etc…)?
e. Does hotel have FA coordinator?
f. Print out or order a chef’s card in English and the language of your destination country to give to the restaurant staff listing your allergies.
2. CHECK LAWS/AGRIGULTURAL REGULATIONS OF DESTINATION
If traveling out of the country, Call Board of Tourism and/or Consulate to find out what laws/regulations are for pre-shipping and/or bringing food into the country (*some countries require specific permits and/or pre-authorizations)
3. CHECK OUT THE AIRLINES
a. Which airlines travel to your destination and what are their food allergy policies?
b. Notify the airline of your food allergy/ies and ask what accommodations they can make (safe “buffer” zone, special meal, etc)
a. Local hospitals and doctors, and proximity to your destination
b. Restaurants and menus – call ahead and speak with the manager/chef
5. DOCTOR’S NOTES AND MEDICATION
a. Check your meds! Make sure Epi and/or Benadryl not expired
b. Carry multiple Epi’s and enough Benadryl
c. Get Doctor’s note that:
1. allows you to carry Epi & Benadryl
2. allows you to carry safe food
3. allows you to carry ice packs for the safe food
d. Translate the doctors note into foreign language if traveling to foreign country as you will need to carry the above items on the plane ride home.