Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Trip

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Allergy season has been in full swing with pollen and cedar counts higher than normal in the Hill Country. For many, a day riddled with sneezing, itching eyes and sinus headaches can all but ruin your day and cause you to stay indoors. Here are some tips, aside from drowning in allergy medicine, to help make your camping trip bearable during allergy season.

 

Know the cause

If you’re typically outdoors, be in camping, hiking, or outdoor shopping, pay attention to what it is that’s triggering your allergies. Different trees, weeds and grasses can have different effects on your allergies so knowing where the root of your problems are can help you to find the right solution. If you’re unsure, a visit to an allergist can help you figure it out.

 

Pack Accordingly

If you already know that your allergies may give you problems, make sure to stock up on some over the counter allergy medicine in your first aid kit. If asthma is a typical problem, don’t forget your inhaler or any other prescription medicine you may need during your stay.

Organic honey is also known for helping with pollen allergies. Eating a spoonful of honey each day can help your body’s immune system to build up a tolerance so be sure to start a few days before your trip and bring some honey along with you.

A good tent can also make a huge difference. There are many hypoallergenic tents available on the market. Close up your tent entirely while you’re not using it so that less allergens can make their way inside and, depending on the severity of your allergies, you may consider keeping it closed while you sleep as well.

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Check the pollen counts in the area

If you’re planning your trip during a certain season, you may check out pollen.com or weather.com to check the pollen and cedar counts in certain areas. This will help you figure out the ideal time to plan your trip as well as the times of year its best not to camp outdoors.

 

Wash up

The fabric in your clothes can hold onto the pollen and things causing your allergies. While it’s easier to just toss your dirty clothes into a laundry basket and deal with it later, having that residual allergens on your clothes can still affect the air around you. If you’re able to, toss your dirty clothes immediately in the wash and then take a shower yourself, especially after a long day of hiking or being outside. Your body and hair can be a magnet to those allergens as well causing more irritation the longer you wait to wash off.