Food Allergy Tips: Traveling With a Corn Allergy

Traveling with a corn allergy, or any food allergy, can be daunting. You cannot bring any kind of creamy foods or liquids. So, what’s a person with a food allergy to do, especially if it’s severe enough that you just can’t take a chance? If you have a severe allergy, you will want to wear a medic alert bracelet and consult your doctor before travel to take the proper precautions.

Although my allergy is not life threatening, as some food allergies can be, I personally try not to eat anything in the airports due to the extreme discomfort of the combination of flying and swelling up at the same time. Also, who wants to feel tired and rotten while traveling? So, I do my best to pack foods that can pass through security and I make them aware that I have all those foods and let them check everything as carefully as they like. They usually just have me send it through the machine like everything else.

What can’t go into your food bag is the following: anything creamy like dips or peanut butter, salsa, jelly, spreadable cheese, gravy, syrup, oil, vinegar, sauces, salad dressing, or soups. This leaves out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for sure! You can’t even buy a salad at the airport and bring your own dressing. Also, you won’t have any way to keep things cold for an extended period besides just a little cooler bag or insulated lunch bag perhaps.

To plan well for your trip, consider how much you will need to eat before you arrive at your destination. If you are taking an international flight, plan well. Food bars with vitamins and protein are a great option. Crackers with whole chunks of hard cheese, that you plan to consume early on, are another option. Cookies and muffins usually come through as cakes are allowed, but may be inspected more carefully. I have taken peel open cans of tuna, but no mayonnaise as it is creamy. Nuts and other snacks are fine, but my advice is to go low salt. Just remember to try to steer clear of any creamy or saucy foods and pack extra food just in case you are not allowed to bring something on the plane.

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