Travelling with a food allergy

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Top Tips

  1. Take your own food on the plane.
  2. Get an ASCIA Travel Plan from your GP.
  3. Consider your destination, including local food types and access to medical care.
  4. Take at least two EpiPen®s or Anapen®s when travelling.
  5. Print translated allergy information when going overseas.

More about travel

Your allergies needn’t stop you from travelling. However, you will need some additional planning so that your trip remains reaction free.

Travel planning. The Basics

  • Get an ASCIA Travel Plan from your GP. This document tells the airline that you need your adrenaline injector and your own food. Your GP can also help you plan and prescribe any additional medications for your trip.
  • Get some travel cards that translate your allergy information into the local language.  Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia now have Chef Cards available in different languages.
  • Get travel insurance that specifically covers being at risk of anaphylaxis.
  • Take your own food on the plane.
  • Always disclose your allergy when eating out.
  • Take at least two adrenaline injectors when travelling.
  • ALWAYS keep your adrenaline injectors with your carry-on luggage. Have them on hand when seated (not in overhead storage).
  • Take wet wipes to wipe down the airplane tray table and arm rest.

Some websites that offer translated information include:

All Allergy Translation
Select Wisely
Dietary Card

Content Updated: May 2024