This week will be my first time traveling to Belgium with food allergies. I am excited to travel to a place where language shouldn’t be a barrier. I plan to spend the majority of my time in Bruges, which I hear is spectacular.
My two substantial Belgian cuisine desires:
- I will be able to eat a Belgian waffle
- I will be able to find nut free, pure Belgian chocolate to eat
I have no idea what I will find as far as eating with my allergies, but I hope to not miss out on everything this country is known for (since I am already unable to have the mussels, a Bruges specialty).
Preparing to Travel
In preparation for my trip, I will organize plenty of extra medicines (including epinephrine, antihistamines, and inhalers). I will also make sure to have all health paperwork accounted for in my travel folder, as well as the emergency numbers. I learned earlier this year the importance of making sure that my phone has plenty of money on it (most phones here are pre-pay), so in case of an emergency I have enough money to call my allergist and family in the U.S. I also make sure that I have appropriate chef cards in the country language (for Belgium it will be English and French).
Besides that, I should be ready to go! Now I just need to figure out what clothes to pack… :)