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Improve Your Vacation When Traveling with Allergies

Nothing is more frustrating during travel than arriving at your vacation destination only to be plagued with non-stop allergies. So, what should you pack to help keep triggers to a minimum?


Make sure you bring all of your necessary over-the-counter or prescription medications. Depending on your destination, tracking down medications locally could prove to be a hassle. If you’re traveling with prescriptions, make sure you have a copy of the actual prescription and a detailed doctor’s note stating your diagnosis and the medications (along with their generic names) prescribed for treating it. Keep all medications, prescription and over-the-counter, in their original packaging and make sure to keep them in your carry-on in case your checked baggage gets lost or stolen. If your medications are in liquid form, check with your airline before travel for any updated carry-on restrictions. Currently, all liquids are limited to 3.4 oz containers (or smaller), but that regulation is subject to change. If you’re traveling internationally, familiarize yourself with your destination’s drug restrictions to make certain that your particular medications are allowed in the country.

Even if it isn’t part of your daily anti-allergy routine, consider bringing an over-the-counter nasal saline spray. Nasal saline can be an effective tool in combating dry nasal passages when traveling by air.

Extra Clothing

Bring extra sets of clothes. When you spend long periods of time outdoors, pollen can build up on your clothing. Then, when you lounge out on the couch after a long day of sightseeing, pollen can spread throughout your hotel room, increasing your pollen exposure and worsening your allergy symptoms. Making more frequent wardrobe changes will help lower your pollen exposure, keeping allergies at bay. Remember to store any dirty clothes in a plastic bag so they don’t have the opportunity to contaminate clean clothes with pollen before you even get to wear them. If you’d prefer to pack lightly, pick a hotel with easy access to a laundromat or a dry-cleaning service as an alternate option to keep yourself allergy-free.

Protective Eye Gear

Don’t forget your sunglasses. They are a great physical barrier to help keep irritating pollen away from sensitive eyes.


Pollen can build up on your hair and transfer to your pillow when you lie down at the end of a long day, causing an uncomfortable night’s sleep full of sneezing and sniffling. Bring a gentle shampoo that’s safe to use nightly and won’t dry out your hair. (But make sure to get the travel size, if you’re flying to your destination!) Cleansing your hair each night before you hit the hay can help minimize your symptoms.

Anti-Allergen Bedding

Invest in a set of anti-allergen bedding if you suffer from indoor allergies, or request an allergy-friendly pillow if your hotel offers that amenity. Oftentimes, hotels have “green rooms” that are specially cleaned and prepared for guests suffering from allergies or asthma.

Depending on where you’re traveling, the air quality, native allergens, and climate may be much different than what you’re used to in your own hometown. You may need to adjust your routine a bit to help combat triggers. Ultimately, being careful and diligent can help you enjoy an allergy-free vacation.

Don’t let a long flight and poor sleep ruin your vacation. Check out this blog to learn how to sleep on a plane so you’ll be ready to explore your destination when you land. You can also take a look at the Pasha Travel Guide to see this year’s top 12 travel destinations, and learn tips for traveling allergy-free. This week, we’re featuring Chiang Mai, Thailand, and covering allergens to watch out for, fun activities to do while you’re there, and important medicine restrictions for travelers. Follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more updates!