Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Peanut Allergy Reactions When Traveling

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Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Peanut Allergy Reactions When Traveling

When traveling, the safest bet is to pack your own nut-free snacks. If you're planning to bring your own homemade treats, we've got some great recipe ideas for small bites that pack and travel well and taste great. Read on to discover recipes for delicious and travel-friendly nut-free snacks.

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Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

These nut-free cookies stay moist due to the applesauce and have tons of whole grains.

Get the recipe: Orange Spice Molasses Cookies

Cayenne Pretzels

Replace boring pretzels with this cayenne and ranch seasoned version.

Get the recipe: Cayenne Pretzels

DIY English Muffins

Slather on a bit of butter and honey on these homemade English muffins for a delicious treat.

Get the recipe: DIY English Muffins

Sweet & Spicy Jerky

This beef jerky takes inspiration from coffee and Asian flavors. Make it well ahead of time, and you’ll be rewarded with a mouth-watering in-flight eat.

Get the recipe: Sweet & Spicy Jerky

Pizza Roll-Up

This kid-friendly snack is easy to make and packs neat for travel.

Get the recipe: Pizza Roll-Up

Cherry Pie Bars

The classic cherry pie dessert gets reinvented in bar form for on-the-go snacking. This recipe is perfect for travelers with nut allergies.

Get the recipe: Cherry Pie Bars

Quick Applesauce

Whip up this quick recipe for applesauce (it uses the microwave and only takes 3 ingredients) and pack it to go.

Get the recipe: Quick Applesauce

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If you have a nut allergy, you're probably used to taking extra precautions when eating out — especially when dining in-flight. Even if you request a nut-free meal (or bring your own), close quarters mean that it's hard to guarantee that you'll be in a nut-free environment throughout the duration of the flight. Thankfully, though, there are ways to reduce this airline travel anxiety.

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A new international study by the University of Michigan lists "eight mitigating factors" that have been proven to reduce the likelihood of an airplane passenger reporting an allergic reaction. These practical measurements include:

  • Requesting any accommodation
  • Requesting a peanut/tree nut-free meal
  • Wiping your tray table with a commercial wipe
  • Avoiding use of airline pillows
  • Avoiding use of airline blankets
  • Requesting a peanut/tree nut-free buffer zone
  • Requesting other passengers not consume peanut/tree nut-containing products
  • Not consuming airline-provided food

According to the study's lead author, Matthew Greenhawt, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., of the University of Michigan's Food Allergy Center, most airlines still serve nuts as snacks or in meals. Only Canada requires that there be a three-row buffer zone with advance notification only on Air Canada flights. Even still, be sure to check with your airline in advance to see if there's anything they can do to prevent an unpleasant and potentially dangerous flight.

When traveling, the safest bet is to pack your own nut-free snacks. If you're planning to bring homemade treats, we've got some great recipe ideas for small bites that pack and travel well and taste great.

Check out the slideshow above to discover recipes for delicious and travel-friendly nut-free snacks.

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