Allergies and Asthma When Traveling


Traveling with your family can be such a fun and rewarding experience. But if your child has asthma, there are steps you need to take to help you and your family avoid problems while traveling. Here are some tips:

  • Talk with your health care provider before you go. Make sure you have medications and know what to do if allergy or asthma symptoms worsen.
  • If you are traveling by plane, keep all medicines with you in your purse or carry-on luggage. Check with the airline ahead of time if you have liquid medications or use a nebulizer.
  • If you are traveling by car, keep the windows closed and set the ventilation system so that the air recirculates in the car.
  • Check pollen forecasts for your destination. The beach or mountains usually have few allergens. You can find current pollen and mold spore levels for U.S. cities on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology website.
  • Take extra care if you travel overseas. Carry your medicines in their original containers to ease your way through customs. If you use a portable nebulizer, find out if you will need to bring an electrical adapter.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, ask if an allergy-proof room is available. Make sure the room is for nonsmokers. If you’re sensitive to molds, ask for a room away from an indoor pool or hot tub.
  • If you are staying at the home of family or friends, ask to stay in a room where pets aren't allowed.
  • Be especially alert if you have food allergies. Tiny amounts of allergens may be present in some foods.