Women With Alergies Outdoors

SAFETY TIPS FOR CAMPING WITH ALLERGIES

Camping is a perfect opportunity for some outdoor fun. If you have allergies, however, the experience can be a stressful one as you spend the entire camping trip itching, sneezing or coughing. This shouldn’t deter you from heading to the great outdoors, though. With proper medication and preparation, you’ll be able to have a good time and not worry about your allergies. Here are some important tips for camping with allergies.

ALLERGY MEDICINE

You should drink allergy medicine such as antihistamines, even before reaching your camping destination. Don’t wait until you start experiencing allergy symptoms. This way, your body will be adequately prepared once you’re exposed to allergens. Also, when camping with allergies, have enough medicine, so you can take the required dosage as prescribed by your physician.

FIRST AID KIT

If you’re camping in a remote area, there won’t be a hospital or emergency room nearby. As such, you should have a comprehensive first aid kit. It should have all the medication you might need in case of a severe allergic reaction. If you have asthma, your first aid kit should include a rescue inhaler. Furthermore, there should also be an epinephrine autoinjector in case you have adverse reactions to insect bites, certain types of food, pollen or other allergens.

FOOD PREPARATION

If you have food allergies, it’s important to avoid ingredients that you’re sensitive to. When eating processed snacks, read the packages carefully to see if there are ingredients you’re allergic to. As for meal times, simple and easy-to-prepare meals are preferred to prevent accidental exposure to certain ingredients. As much as possible, avoid eating food that was prepared by those who aren’t aware of your allergies.

PLANNED ACTIVITIES

Camping with allergies doesn’t mean you can’t participate in outdoor activities. You just have to take appropriate precautions. If you’ll be exposed to the sun and water, wear hypoallergenic sunscreen and have hydrocortisone cream in case of a reaction. If you have asthma, avoid inhaling smoke from the campfire as well as physical activities that will leave you breathless. If you’re hiking, put on insect repellant, avoid wearing bright clothing and don’t use scented products.

PROPER CAMPING GEAR

Having the proper gear is also crucial if you’re camping with allergies. For example, a hypoallergenic tent with ventilation flaps will be able to keep allergens from coming inside. You’ll be able to have a good night’s sleep if you’re not sneezing or wheezing. It’s also important to clean your camping gear ahead of your trip. Remove mould spores and pollen that your gear might have picked up during your previous outdoor adventure.

Camping with allergies doesn’t have to be a miserable experience. The outdoors can still be a lot of fun, even for someone with allergies. Just be adequately prepared and vigilant of your surroundings, so you can avoid or minimise allergic reactions. Having enough medication is crucial, too, since you’re camping in a remote location. As long as you follow these five safety tips, you can have an enjoyable outdoor adventure.

 


 

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Madeleine Park
madel@dinga.com.au

Madeleine is a real green thumb and spends most of her time outdoors in her garden if she is not outdoors somewhere else.