Be Prepared For Anything!
Traveling with children can be stressful. Add allergies and an International destination, and it’s downright daunting. From airplane peanuts to remotely located pharmacies, you’ll have valid concerns.
However, you don’t have to give up on your dream of a Jamaican vacation with a little careful planning. When traveling to your Negril resort, your family can have an enjoyable vacation by following these tips. Of course you will never be completely stress-free, but with careful communication, you’ll be on your way to an enjoyable vacation.
Here’s what to do:
Choose the Negril Resort in advance
Choose a Negril resort that can accommodate your child’s needs. Be specific. Don’t assume ingredients are the same abroad as they are at home. Then, email or call the resort a few weeks before you travel to confirm that they are able to what they promised.
Book a room with a mini-fridge
Bring snacks your child can eat as back-up. A mini-fridge and microwave will help you store and prepare these snacks when you need them. You probably won’t end up needing it, but in the event you do, it’s good to be prepared.
Plan to bring along extra supplies of whatever you need (epipens, dietary safe snacks, etc.). Pack an extra suitcase if necessary.
Remind Staff at Check In
When you arrive, remind the staff of your child’s allergies and confirm that they are noted in your reservation.
Meet with Resort’s Head Chef
Ask to meet with the head chef at the resort you choose. He or she should be able to give you an overview of their allergy protocol and provide you with menu options that will work. He or she may even be able to prepare custom made-to-order dishes. For breakfast, for example, do they offer packaged cereal? At lunch or dinner, does the pasta contain eggs? Ask away.
Remind Waiter at Every Meal
Every time you arrive at the resort restaurant, inform the manager or server of your family’s food allergies. Every single time. Don’t assume everyone will be aware. If the meal is served buffet style, ask a chef to literally walk you through the safe options. Avoid areas that have high potential for cross contamination from peanut butter, eggs, etc.
Of course this goes without saying, but it’s always a good reminder to remember to be gracious. Expressing your gratefulness will go a long way. Write down names of the staff that are helping you to remember them.