Traveling with Allergies

Whether you’re road tripping to Grandma’s house or going on that dream beach vacation, check out these simple tips to help you minimize allergy triggers during your trip.

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Tips for Traveling with Allergies

Think About Your Destination

Being near a large body of water, such as an ocean, may help reduce your exposure to pollen, depending on the types of trees and grasses around. For beach vacations, pick a location that isn’t near grasses and trees that are heavy pollen producers, like ragweed, Bermuda grass or oak trees.

Cruises can also be a good choice for people with seasonal allergies. Although pollen particles can travel out to sea, they’re less likely to cause an allergic reaction the further you get from land, as coastal winds can disperse them quickly. Some cruise ships even have “allergy-friendly” cabins.

Wherever your vacation takes you, be sure to check out the local pollen forecast. so you can be prepared.

Fly the Allergy-Friendly Skies

Pet dander, mold spores, dust mites and pollen can board your flight on people’s clothes, shoes, hair and luggage. To help reduce your exposure, wipe down your tray table, arm rests and window area with cleansing wipes and toss them in a sealable bag.

The low humidity levels in airplane cabins may cause dehydration, which may irritate your allergies.1 Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and pack your allergy meds in case your symptoms act up in the air. Be sure to keep your medication in its original packaging to avoid hassles with the Transportation Security Administration.2

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Chances are, pet allergens are racking up some frequent flier miles with you—whether there’s a pet in a carrier under the seat beside you or dander hitched a free ride on someone’s clothes or shoes. In fact, one study showed the most common cat allergen was detected in 100 percent of sampled airplane seats tested on domestic flights.2

Time Your Drive

Some research suggests that pollen particles and air pollution caused by exhaust emissions from vehicles can interact to make allergies worse. To help minimize your exposure, plan your drive early in the morning or late in the evening when traffic is typically lighter. And be sure to keep the A/C on and the windows closed, so hitchhiking pollen spores can’t blow inside.

Find more tips for reducing allergens in your car before you hit the road.

Make No Room at the Inn for Allergens

Call the front desk to check if your hotel has “allergy-friendly” rooms before booking your trip. And be sure to use the air conditioner instead of opening hotel windows to help reduce your exposure to pollen. You can also pack a zippered, allergen barrier pillow case to cover the hotel’s pillow and lessen your exposure to dust mites.

Keep Allergy Medication on Hand

It’s a good idea to keep allergy medication in your purse or backpack, so you’re prepared wherever your travels take you. Non-drowsy Claritin® RediTabs®, Children’s Claritin® Chewables and Claritin® RediTabs® for Juniors are all easy to take without water for allergy relief on the go.

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  1. Sánchez-Borges, Mario & Cardona, Victòria & Worm, Margitta & F. Lockey, Richard & Sheikh, Aziz & Greenberger, Paul & J. Ansotegui, Ignacio & Ebisawa, Motohiro & El-Gamal, Yehia & Fineman, Stanley & Geller, Mario & Gonzalez-Estrada, Alexei & Tanno, Luciana & Thong, Bernard. (2017). In-flight allergic emergencies. World Allergy Organization Journal. 10. 10.1186/s40413-017-0148-1.

  2. Countless Tiny Creatures May Be Traveling for Thanksgiving Right Alongside You. Claritin® Blue Sky Living. Accessed October 15, 2017.

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