Don't Let Allergies Ruin Your Next Vacation

If you suffer from hayfever, it's worth your while to plan your vacations during off-peak pollen seasons. However, any people can't be quite so selective about their travel time. Here are some tips for making the most of a vacation away from home when you're prone to seasonal allergies.

Choose your destination wisely

Even if you can't choose the exact timing of your vacation, you may be able to choose a location that's less likely to irritate your allergies. Beaches and the coast are a relief for allergy sufferers because the breezes there help whisk pollen away. You should still bring your allergy medications with you though because going inland can be a different story.

Another option to escape allergies is a mountain retreat. There's typically less vegetation in general, and the pollen from evergreen trees isn't a common irritant. Humid areas tend to be the worst for high pollen counts, so you might reconsider a trip to the U.S. Southeast. If you know you'll be in a place where you'll probably suffer from allergies, you can find relief by planning to spend at least some of your time indoors. Plan to visit museums, shopping centers and aquariums to give yourself a break.

Keep your allergy medicine handy

Remember that even if your final destination has mercifully low pollen levels, stops along the way may not. If you're traveling by plane, you can bring your allergy medications, including nasal spray, in your carry-on luggage. Most airlines permit liquids in containers no larger than 3 ounces. A typical nasal spray is only half an ounce. Airlines will allow prescription liquids over 3 ounces, but they'll have to examine them before you board the plane. Bring enough medication to cover your entire trip so you're not scrambling to find a pharmacy when you should be relaxing.

For more information about nasal sprays, contact Dymista or a similar company.

Don't pass on linen service

It's the environmentally friendly thing these days to hang the do-not-disturb sign on your hotel room door. Skipping daily linen services saves both water and energy. However, it's in the best interest of allergy sufferers to allow daily housekeeping service since pollen can linger on bedding and towels. It can also disguise itself as dust. Pillowcases especially can exacerbate hay fever; they hold on to pollen that's transferred from your hair. For that reason, it's also ideal to wash your hair before bedtime if you're vacationing in an area with a high pollen count.