Out & about

We can never make the world completely safe for those living with severe allergies.  However, with a little planning and some sensible know-how, those at risk can lead close to normal lives.

The most important things to remember are that you do your best to avoid the allergen and that those at risk MUST carry their medication with them at all times.  If those with severe food allergies, forget to take their medication out with them, they simply should not eat – it’s not worth the risk.

Adrenaline epinephrine and temperature control Carrying around medication may seem inconvenient, however just treat it like your mobile phone or wallet and don’t leave home without it!

See: Adrenaline and Temperature Control

Tips for socialising with food allergies

  • Steer clear of deep fried foods as many different items are generally fried in the same oil.  For example, fish crumbed with egg cooked in the same deep fryer as chips.

  • BBQs can easily lead to cross-contamination – even from previous uses. Just put a piece of foil under your food and use a separate utensil to avoid any dangers. When barbecuing regularly at home, sometimes a second smaller BBQ can come in handy to ensure you have a separate allergen-free space without the fuss.

  • Be aware of special occasions and celebrations, as they pose an increased risk. With the increase in food (and sometimes alcohol!) consumption away from home and all the rush and excitement, you and others may not be as careful about your special food needs.

Tips for ordering online with food allergies

Tips for eating at restaurants and takeaway outlets 

Tips for those with bite/ sting allergies

  • Always wear shoes outdoors and try to choose clothes that cover your arms and legs. Avoid bright colours as this can attract the insects.

  • Be aware of clover and flowering plants (Grevillia, Bottlebrush etc) as they attract stinging insects.

  • Have lawns mowed and consider spraying clover yearly or when required.

  • Leave gardening and lawn moving to those who are NOT insect sting allergic.

  • Know what areas are renowned for ticks and stay away if you are tick allergic.

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