How to travel well with dietary restrictions and food allergies

By | January 9, 2018

How to travel well with dietary restrictions and food allergies

In the recent decades more and more people seem to have food allergies. Having a food allergy and traveling can be quite stressful especially when traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language. Here we compiled a short guide to help you out.

Warn the airline
Usually airlines are able to accommodate the needs of their passengers, no matter which those are. However, to do so, passengers that have specific requirements, needs or restrictions, must inform the airline ahead of time and to confirm their reservation. These passengers will avoid unwanted accidents and will lower the risk of getting sick during flight. Bringing your own food is also a good option.

It’s best to bring more medicine
If you have food allergies, you better carry more medicine with you, and on you at all times. While not intentional, sometimes those preparing your food may not be as careful as you would be in the kitchen and the food served could contain traces of the ingredients you’re allergic to.

Stir away from chain restaurants
Chain restaurants usually have standards meals and dishes and are not very flexible when it comes to customizing your order. Searching for restaurants that are flexible when it comes to preparing your meals could be difficult, so do your research ahead of time. Read reviews and leave your own as well if you liked the service and the food – you’ll encourage the managers to continue the practice and also help others with dietary restrictions.

Search for Asian restaurants
Many cuisines from Asia are a good choice for those with food intolerance, vegetarian, and even vegan. For instance those who can’t eat gluten should opt for Indian cuisine, while Thai and Japanese cuisines are good for those who can’t eat milk and milk products. Many of these cuisines are also using a lot of lean protein that diabetics are interested in having.

Don’t eat at peak hours
Eating at peak hours means here are many orders to complete in a short period of time. This will make it more difficult for the kitchen to prepare the dish according to your needs. Accommodating your customized order will take much longer at peak hours, no matter the restaurant.

Remember that not all restaurants cook the same
You might know exactly how to prepare a dish, and therefore what it contains. However restaurants can alter the recipe a bit, just to stand out more. This means that you’ll like the dish at one location and not at the next one. Furthermore, you’ll be fine eating it at the first place, but not at the second location. If the menu doesn’t mention the ingredients, make sure to ask what the dishes contain. Furthermore, ask for the food to be cooked on aluminum foil to prevent contamination.

Book rooms with a cooking area
To always be on the safe side, you should always book rooms with a kitchenette or any small cooking area. This way you’ll be able to perfectly control what you eat with no risk to your health.