We have a family getaway coming up and we are so excited! I am so looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing with the family. I’m especially looking forward to making the last week of summer extra special for JT since Kindergarten is right around the corner. JT’s food allergies have made traveling more difficult, but not impossible. We always travel to places where we have access to a full kitchen. This is necessary because we make all of JT’s meals for him, even if we are going to a restaurant. I’m not sure how we would handle staying at a hotel or going on a cruise with JT in tow, but we do hope to go on a tropical family vacation once the kids are old enough to appreciate it. I’m sure when the time comes I will be looking for lots of advice!
We will do our grocery shopping once we arrive at our destination but because I’m not familiar with the grocery store I have to pick up a few essentials before we go to be safe. I will be sure we have Freihofer’s whole grain bread, Bob’s red mill pancake mix, Enjoy Life breakfast bars and ginger cookies and Mama Mary’s pizza crusts. Generally the other staples we need for the week we will be able to find at any grocery store. In addition to food allergies JT also has many environmental allergies and asthma. Going somewhere new for any extended time is always a little scary because we never know if we will run into one of his environmental allergens. These include cats, dogs, dust mites, certain trees, grasses and weeds, mice droppings (yup…mice poop) and possibly cattle dander. Lots of times these allergies will cause his asthma to act up. JT takes zyrtec every day, year round and that helps a lot. He also takes flovent to help control his asthma. When we travel we are sure to bring special covers that completely encase JT’s mattress and pillow to help prevent a reaction to dust mites (we use these at home as well) and we provide linens for him that have been washed in hot water. We can never be too cautious and a little extra work is totally worth it for a HEALTHY and happy vacation with the family!