Preparing to Travel to Belgium with Food Allergies

This week will be my first time traveling to Belgium with food allergies.  I am excited to travel to a place where language shouldn’t be a barrier.  I plan to spend the majority of my time in Bruges, which I hear is spectacular.

My two substantial Belgian cuisine desires:

  • I will be able to eat a Belgian waffle
  • I will be able to find nut free, pure Belgian chocolate to eat

I have no idea what I will find as far as eating with my allergies, but I hope to not miss out on everything this country is known for (since I am already unable to have the mussels, a Bruges specialty).


Preparing to Travel

In preparation for my trip, I will organize plenty of extra medicines (including epinephrine, antihistamines, and inhalers).  I will also make sure to have all health paperwork accounted for in my travel folder, as well as the emergency numbers.  I learned earlier this year the importance of making sure that my phone has plenty of money on it (most phones here are pre-pay), so in case of an emergency I have enough money to call my allergist and family in the U.S. I also make sure that I have appropriate chef cards in the country language (for Belgium it will be English and French).

Besides that, I should be ready to go!  Now I just need to figure out what clothes to pack… :)


  1. Hi Lindsay,
    Thanks for the encouragement! Enjoy Brazil! :)

  2. It sounds like you have everything under control! I really hope you find safe waffles and Belgian chocolate. I’m traveling to Brazil on Friday, and it’s always a little stressful to travel with food allergies, but with the right precautions, everything is possible! Have fun! :)

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