Eating out and travelling with an allergy resources
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Allergy information cards and other products
Allergy ‘chef cards’ These cards can be given to restaurant staff so they know about your food allergies when you’re eating out.
Allergy Action This website allows you to download free translation cards in 12 different languages containing useful phrases and a translation of common foods at http://allergyaction.org/translations/
Allergy UK Translation Cards The Allergy UK website sells sets of translation cards featuring an allergy alert message, emergency message and a message for use in restaurants. Cards are available in 36 languages.
Allergy Kids This organisation sells silicone wristbands for single and multiple allergies at http://www.allergykids.co.uk/
Medibands sell silicone medical id bands, emergency information identification wallet cards, travel stickers and stainless steel dog tags and bracelets at http://www.mediband.com/gb/
Allergy Lifestyle sells Allermates Allergy silicone wristbands and dogtags. They also sell Allergy Alert Tattoos that are temporary and waterproof. They are applied like a plaster and can stay in place for up to two weeks. http://www.allergylifestyle.com/
The BSACI’s Allergy Action Plan for Children is a freely available A4 sized illustrative action sheet for responding to allergic reactions. You simply fill in your child’s details and it is ready to give it to anyone who looks after your child. http://www.bsaci.org/about/download-paediatric-allergy-actionplans?EID=21244807&CID=4385428
Online information guides and fact sheets
Anaphylaxis Campaign, ‘Help! A Guide to Eating Out’ This free guide is aimed at teenagers but contains some very useful tips and advice on how to plan ahead when eating out. Available at: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/young-people-help-a-guideto-eating-out/
Anaphylaxis Campaign, Tried & Tested online reviews Paid membership of the Anaphylaxis Campaign allows you to access and input reviews of the very best (and very worst) restaurants, pubs, airlines and hotels when it comes to understanding allergy. http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/living-with-anaphylaxis/news/membersnews/try-out-tried–trusted
Allergy UK has a wealth of free information on their website to help families living with an allergy including several practical fact sheets such as ‘Travelling Abroad with a Food Allergy’ and ‘Holidays’. http://www.allergyuk.org/downloads/factsheets/typesof-allergy/travelling-with-food-allergy.pdf and http://www.allergyuk.org/living-withallergy/holidays
Free From Food Awards These awards are the UK’s only industry awards for excellence of ‘free from’ foods. Only foods that are shortlisted, commended, highly commended or winners are entitled to use the awards logo. The website contains information on past awards, product reviews, recipes and more. http://www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk/index.html