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camping with allergies

Camping with Allergies

It’s summertime!  For many that means hitting the open road and getting out of the hustle and bustle of urban life, and into the rural country air!  This is a wonderful experience for everyone, but can be daunting for those with airborne allergies.  Not to worry, with some pre-planning and some simple attention to detail, even allergy sufferers can enjoy a break from the city in the great outdoors.

Use a good pollen-count app.  In a previous blog, we evaluated some of the options available for good apps with accurate weather and pollen count information.  Try to plan ahead based on the dates and location to which you’re heading, and make sure you’re prepared if the predicted pollen count is high.  Obviously, traveling to an area where conditions are most agreeable as far as air-quality is ideal, but even if you’re heading somewhere where allergens are present, knowing ahead of time is half the battle.

Bring an air-purifier to make tent camping possible.  Even allergy sufferers can enjoy the cool evening air and the sounds of owls via the comfort of their own hypo-allergenic tent.  Most tents are made with hypo-allergenic material, and keeping the flaps closed is a great way to keep pollen and allergens out, and fresh air in.  Battery powered personal air purifiers are just the ticket to ensure that even an allergy sufferer can get a good night’s rest, as well as a respite from airborne allergens during the day.  Here’s a link to reviews of some great battery operated air purifiers.

Make sure air filters in RV’s are clean and HEPA.  Whether you’re renting and RV, borrowing one from a family member or friend, or taking your own, make sure the air filters are new and HEPA if possible.  If the RV is a rental, make sure to ask that you’re getting one in which there have been no pets, and that it has been freshly cleaned with hypo-allergenic cleaning solutions.

Talk to your doctor and stock up on your meds.  This is a no-brainer.  If you’re planning a trip away, make sure your doctor knows, and that you not only have all the necessary allergy medication, but that you have emergency supplies available as well.  Additionally, take paperwork with a list of allergens and all meds and dosages in a place that can be easily found by anyone in an emergency situation.  The more first responders know about your allergies, the better.

Summer is time to have fun, relax, and enjoy the great outdoors.  With a little pre-planning and some common sense, even an allergy sufferer can enjoy a trip to the wilderness.