We recently returned from a long trip to Puerto Rico with both girls. It was hard work, but we did it without any reactions from either of them and nobody starved! We stayed at a condo and I did most of the cooking for dinners. Lunches were at family's homes or in franchises where I had done my homework ahead of time. The best tip I recieved from a fellow allergy mom, though, was googling the airports we would be in, and searching for their restaurants. Then I searched them directly. Some were great, others not so much. Those in the US had the best info, especially the franchises. Those in the San Juan airport were not as easy. Packing a lunch bag and an icepack helped, since we were traveling all day coming home. I did take advantage of the early boarding to wipe down armrests and trays before the girls started grabbing at them- mostly for the risk of the nut allergies, but our flights were nut free. Any way you look at it, traveling that far with two little ones is exhausting, but at least it was safe too!
I am a full-time wife and mother to two beautiful girls with food allergies. I am a part-time Physical Therapist as well. I was overwhelmed with our initial allergy diagnosis, and I am learning more everyday. I hope this blog can be helpful for others with the same issues or those who are trying to understand them.