Considering taking a cruise for the first time in your life? And with your kiddo's? What are your concerns? Motion sickness? Claustrophobia? Engine failure? Living in a shoe box for a week? Illness? For food allergy parents, it’s keeping their kiddo safe and being prepared in the case of accidental ingestion.
I have booked our first cruise and the thought of not having total control of the food and being at sea scares me. I was given the choice of open dining or dining at an assigned time. Open dining is very tempting; After all who wants to punch a clock while on vacation? The travel agency, Costco Travel, recommended an assigned time, which will give the chef an opportunity to be better prepared for our food allergies. (It sounds like a great time to plug Allergy Apparel’s “Chef Cards.” ) The Costco agent, who was very helpful, also called me less than 5 minutes after booking my reservation, recommending that I visit and Royal Caribbean’s website and complete the Royal Caribbean “Special Needs” form. And not 5 minutes after starting this article, I received an email from Costco Travel with a direct link to the documents.
As owner of Allergy Apparel, I will utilize a number of our products, including the following:
- Medical ID bracelet
- Waterproof LokSaks
- Bag Tags
- We carry both an EpiPen set and an AuviQ set. There are so many options. Perhaps I should use this as an opportunity to bring them all and offer feedback.
Suitable Epinephrine carrier options for a cruise considering the potential need of waterproof and temperature control include:
- Waterproof Splashsak which is available in 2 different sizes for your Auvi-Q epinephrine injectors. Dipper and Lil Dipper
- Waterproof Auvi-Q neck Caddy
You could also use the the below EpiPen carriers for your Auvi-Q needs, which may offer you the desired additional room for the Kool blankets.
- Waterproof waist pouch, which include LokSak's, which allow you to dive up to 200 feet.
- The waterproof EpiPen carrier is also an inexpensive option and includes Kool blankets.
- Allermates red medicine bag, which conveniently offers you the option to carry an assortment of medical supply needs, and for less than $18.00
- Insulated wallet, which helps to keep your epinephrine at a more desirable temperature without refrigeration or ice.
Have you taken a cruise? Do you or your kiddo have food allergies? I would love to hear about your experience? Can you offer advice on traveling with food allergies?
Do you have a food allergy product that you would like me to test and give personal feedback? Please post your requests, comments and advice here. Thank you in advance.
I will be tweeting my experience on cruising with a kiddo with food allergies. Follow me and tweet with me at Allergy Apparel, hashtag #FOODALLERGYCRUISE