3 Tips for Traveling with Allergies

Traveling with allergies can be a challenge to say the least.


If you’re like me, you never know when your allergies are going to flare up. Sure, some triggers are easy to avoid or identify. Coconut makes me sick, for example. And my throat swells closed around cigarette smoke. But then there are the times when I wake up looking like someone has punched me in the face: two black eyes and a puffy nose. Those are the days when I simply don’t know what hit me.

As much as I’d like to leave them at home, I know I’ll be traveling with allergies. To make the best of what could be a bad situation, try these three travel hacks.

1. Diffuse Your Problems

traveling with allergies

Did you know essential oils can help relieve the effects of allergies? They’re not going to save your life if your in anaphylaxis, but they will give you some respite from a bout with pollen.

Pack a travel-sized nebulizer or diffuser to use in your room. Lavender is fantastic for allergies, while peppermint helps with headaches. Try burning essential oils while you sleep, and you’ll likely wake up feeling more refreshed than usual. Worst case scenario, your room will smell fantastic.

Other options for essential oils include roll-ons that fit easily into your purse or cosmetics bag. Rub a little on your wrists or temples to help reduce allergy symptoms. You can often even find essential oil combinations that are specially formulated to provide relief for allergy sufferers.

2. Reduce the Swelling

traveling with allergies

For days when you wake up looking like a raccoon, you need a little something special to take down the swelling. Invest in a puffy eye pen. Whether or not it gets rid of the swelling, the cool chill always feels good against the eyes.

Another great option is to make a pot of chamomile tea. It’s great for eliminating swelling. If your chest is tight, drink a cup to help loosen things up. Or you can use the tea to reduce hives and other itchy splotches. Once, I was bitten by a mosquito on my eyelid. My eye swelled closed, and not even Benadryl helped. I dipped a facecloth in a cup of chamomile tea and held it over my eye for a few minutes. Days of pain and inflammation were gone in an instant.

3. Carry an Allergy Kit

traveling with allergies

The last thing you want to think about when heading on vacation is how to handle allergies. For me, this often translates to forgetting things like allergy meds. One way to combat this is to always have an allergy kit ready to toss in your bag. Get a little cosmetics bag, and fill it with allergy essentials, like:

  • Antihistamines (I prefer Benadryl since it’s fast-acting and non-drowsy)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Epipen
  • Ventolin inhaler
  • Tissue and hand sanitizer

I like to pretend all of the world’s woes will go the way of the dinosaurs once I step foot on a plane. In a perfect world, this would mean I’d spend everyday allergy free, but that’s simply not the case. What other tips do you have for traveling with allergies? Add your two cents to the conversation in the Wanderlust Wayfarer Facebook group.


Little Luxuries You Can Travel With

It’s no secret that I love the finer things in life. So I’ve found a way to take a few little luxuries with me wherever I go.


Are there things you wish you could bring on vacation, but they just don’t seem practical? If you look hard enough you just might find some travel-friendly alternatives. Here are a few little luxuries I take along on all of my travels. And the great news is that each one can comfortably fit inside a carry-on.

Travel Diffuser/Humidifier

Do you get headaches often? Or maybe you have a lot of allergies. Either one of these could be a recipe for disaster when you’re traveling. I’ve found burning essential oils in a diffuser/humidifier helps reduce the symptoms. During the day, try a few drops of lemongrass to clear the air or lavender to provide a little allergy relief. Peppermint overnight while you sleep will help alleviate headache pain so you feel refreshed when you wake up.

Little Luxuries Diffuser

Collapsible Pour-Over Coffeemaker

You know how when you’re in Europe and you ask for a coffee but you get something that only vaguely resembles one? Well, you can avoid caffeine withdrawal by simply packing a collapsible coffeemaker. Just pop the coffeemaker overtop of a mug and away you go. It’s a great way to satisfy your coffee cravings while on the road.

Little Luxuries Coffee

Travel Yoga Mat

Yoga is great for the mind, body, and soul. And it’s the perfect way to keep fit when you travel since it doesn’t require a lot of gear. In fact, most hotel or cruise ship gyms provide exercise mats you can use for your yoga practice. But for yogis with a regular practice, you probably think of your mat as a sacred space. Using the same mat as someone else simply isn’t appealing. Why not pack a lightweight or foldable yoga mat made specifically for travel? Or take along a yoga mat towel to cover up the shared mats at the gym. It can also double as an airplane blanket.  Little Luxuries Mat

Travel Atomizer

Do you have a signature scent you like to douse on in the morning? You’ve shelled out the big bucks for the good stuff, so the last thing you want to do is shell out more money for the roll on. But packing the full-size bottle can be a pain. It’s either too large to carry-on, or it could break in your checked bag. Luckily, there is a fabulous alternative. You can fill a mini atomizer with perfume from your standard-sized bottle. Pop it in your purse, and you’re good to go.

Little Luxuries Perfume

These little luxuries make every vacation feel just a bit more amazing. What are your nonessential travel essentials? Use the #wanderlustwayfarer on Instagram to share pictures of the little luxuries you can’t live without while you travel.