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Old 08-21-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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My son is allergic to eggs and peanuts so we take precautions whenever we travel abroad. Typically, in English-speaking countries, we have managed to strike up a conversation with the manager/waiter and made sure that the food that is served does not contain eggs or peanuts, or has a chance of contamination. In countries where English can be an issue or peanut oil is used for cooking, we will restrict my son's meals to grilled meats or cheese sandwiches (we buy sliced bread after checking it does not contain any eggs) and fruits/veggies. I have tried canned ready-to-eat food, but I'm not particularly fond of them because of their high sodium content.

We are going to be visiting Taiwan, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand soon where we are going to have to be very, very, very particular about my son's meals. I wanted to check with you to see if you had any suggestions or recommendations for meals to carry from here (that can last up to three weeks) or what to buy in grocery stores there that could be considered safer than ordering his meals in restaurants.

Thanks,
K
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:24 AM
 
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They aren't going to allow any non-factory sealed foods in.

Why not just get allergy cards? I have them in Tagalog, Arabic, Croatian, Greek, and a host of other languages. I have traveled to about 30 countries with them, and have never had a problem. Of course I err on the side of caution and avoid anything I'm not certain about. When you present a card with the allergies listed that is written in their language, they take it very seriously.
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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You should definitely consider carrying something like this: Peanuts and Egg Allergy Translation Card | Peanut Allergies | Food Allergies | SelectWisely
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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You should definitely consider carrying something like this: Peanuts and Egg Allergy Translation Card | Peanut Allergies | Food Allergies | SelectWisely
Only thing I would add to that is make sure you carry epipens
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks. Yes, we carry epipens as well as translation cards. I was interested in seeing if there were any particular foods that you buy (from groceries stores/markets) in foreign countries that you can count in if you do not trust restaurant food. As I wrote, our fallback option is cheese sandwiches and fresh fruits, or grilled meats.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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I've seen Pringles in almost every country we've visited--not that they are anything I'd ever encourage anyone to eat.

I've also see Kelloggs cereals almost everywhere.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I'd even worry about grilled meats since SE Asian cuisine frequently coats such things in a peanut-based sauce.
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