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Staying Safe on Field Trips with Food Allergies

Going on field trips or school excursions can be a nervous experience for people with food allergies, but here are some ways to stay safe.

Bring your food allergy medication

The best way to stay safe is to bring your EpiPen or AuviQ with you on the field trip in a small pouch or bag. In addition, you can also bring an antihistamine like Claritin or Benadryl. Contact the trip supervisor a few days before the trip to let them know why you need your medication and what you’re allergic to. This will make the experience less stressful and make those on the trip aware of your allergies and what symptoms to watch out for.

Take your allergen-friendly snacks

Along with your medication, bringing safe snacks can help you feel safer and more comfortable, especially if the field trip comes with a lunch or snack break. You know best about your allergies, so pack whichever foods you need. Two great brands for food allergy-friendly treats are Enjoy Life and MadeGood. Check if food is allowed at the location, and if not, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Express your concerns

Having food allergies might make you anxious during a field trip, but the best way for others to know is if you tell them. Tell a teacher about your food allergies, medication, and symptoms to watch out for. If you’re going in groups during your field trip, tell your classmates about your allergies. FARE’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan has a great guide to print and provide.

Hopefully, these tips will help you on your next field trip, and you’ll have a great (and safe) time!


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