Traveling for pleasure or even business is fun and exciting, but it can also be quite stressful at times. People who suffer from seasonal allergies have one more thing to worry about; allergic symptoms flare up during those times of the year when pollen counts soar and traveling to a new location can make your hay fever worse. However, with the right preparation and a little bit of flexibility, you can enjoy your trip and keep your allergies under control. Here’s what you need to know:

Before Your Departure

Proper planning and preparation are vital for having a carefree vacation without the uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms of seasonal allergies. Don’t neglect to check the pollen forecast for your destination. If there are days with low pollen counts, take advantage of them, and schedule your visit for those dates. Moreover, it’s a good idea to visit your allergist before traveling. Together you can discuss your trip and general travel safety while you can also update all your prescriptions.

Mindful packing is also critical; make sure you have everything you need in your carry bag and not your suitcase. Pack your essential medication such as antihistamines and inhalers, but also anything else that might make your allergy more comfortable: nasal sprays, painkillers, a protective mask, sanitizers, etc. Check that you have enough medicine for the duration of your trip and that everything is up to date. Bring some backup medication as well.

While Traveling

If you decide on traveling by train or plane, be prepared for the challenge of being confined in an enclosed space with several other passengers, each probably carrying a considerable amount of allergens. Nevertheless, you can still reduce your allergen exposure by wiping clean the surfaces you will come in contact with (food tray, table, armrests, handles).

Keep in mind that the air inside the plane cabin is dry, and it can affect your symptoms. Make sure you drink lots of fluids during your flight and use a bottle of nasal mist to keep your nasal passages from becoming painfully dry.

If you plan on driving, prepare your vehicle before your departure. Change your air filters and five the ventilation and air-conditioning system a thorough clean-up. What’s more, it’s a good idea to travel with the air-conditioning on, and the windows closed to minimize exposure to pollen, dust, and other allergens.

At Your Destination

At a hotel, request an allergy-friendly room whenever possible. Even if there isn’t such an option, you can take several steps to protect yourself. Turning on the air conditioning can reduce the amount of pollen and dust in your room. Using your own allergy-proof bedding covers and pillows can also help you sleep more comfortably. Shower and change your clothes often to prevent pollen from lingering on your person. Frequent hand washing and using hand sanitizers are also useful habits.

Consider changing your schedule a bit to accommodate your allergy. For instance, avoid outdoor activities on days and times (early in the morning) with high pollen counts. Instead, focus on indoor activities like visiting museums, art galleries, and places of interest with adequate ventilation systems. Remember to stay hydrated and always carry your medicines with you when you’re out and about.

Seasonal allergies can be very troublesome, but you shouldn’t let them spoil your vacation or disrupt your business trip. With some careful planning and forethought, you can control your symptoms and make the most of your time away from home.

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