Eating out with allergies can be a real challenge, especially when traveling. Today I’m sharing my top 3 tips for eating out with food allergies in Vegas that I learned during my most recent trip.
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Eating Out With Allergies is Hard
When you have life threatening food allergies (or any kind of allergies), eating out can be a serious challenge.
It usually means you’re restricted to only a few menu items to choose from and that you’re going to end up asking entirely too many questions of your server.
While this may sound like no big deal, it can be exhausting and sometimes even embarrassing.
After years of experience with eating out with allergies, I’ve come up with a few tricks that helped me to dine out with food allergies in vegas with confidence.
3 Tips for Eating with Food Allergies in Vegas:
If you’re traveling to Vegas, chances are you’re there to have a good time. Things you’re probably not hoping to do? Stress about your food allergies.
If this is you, I’ve got you covered with 3 of the most helpful tips I collected during my recent adventure to Sin City:
1: Do Your Research Before Takeoff
One major way to reduce allergy related stress during your trip is to take some time to do your research before the trip.
This process can be as simple as doing some research on Google and making a list of the places you find that look like viable options for you.
In preparing for eating out with my specific food allergies in Vegas I literally googled “allergy friendly restaurants in Las Vegas” and quickly found a few different lists compiled by Yelp and Trip Advisor.
I’ve linked those here for you to check out and compare with your allergy related & financial requirements.
My group was looking for moderately priced restaurants that were located on the strip so we ended up dining at two of the allergy friendly spots that were actually in our hotel (Mandalay Bay)!
Take the time to do the research (it literally takes 5 minutes) before your trip so you can enjoy the food and company and experience while you’re there!
2: Get Comfortable with Asking Questions
This piece goes hand in hand with doing your research ahead of time. In fact, if you get comfortable with asking questions before the trip, you could actually get them all answered ahead of time!
Once you’ve found a few spots you’re interested in, find the menu online. If you want, you can call head and ask about specific menu items.
Whether you do this ahead of the trip or not, eating out with food allergies in vegas (or anywhere, for that matter) is actually dangerous if you’re not comfortable asking questions.
So, get comfortable with letting your server know about your allergies! I know it’s not always easy. This is why doing it in advance can be a huge relief.
It allows you to forget about the stress and enjoy your time with your people!
Plus, you can strategically call right when they open before things get too busy. This means the staff will have the time and patience to really help you find the best fit.
3: Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best!
Hypothetically at this point, you’ve done your research, you’ve asked all the important questions and should be good to go.
That said, when living with allergies, it’s always best to prepare for the worst and expect the best. When eating with food allergies in Vegas, this rule still applies.
Here’s are my “just in case” necessesities:
- 2 epipens
- lots of benedryl
Yours may be different depending on your allergies and symptoms. Prepare accordingly. Pack double of everything, and bring it wherever you go. Best case scenario, you don’t have to use any of it!
Finally, part of preparing for the worst means being mindful about who you travel with. If you’re traveling alone, this piece shouldn’t be an issue, go where you want and eat what you wish!
If you’re in a group, make sure everyone is aware of your allergies and know how it will impact your decisions about where to eat. I was really lucky to travel with two of my best friends, who were thrilled about literally every restaurant we went to.
Have fun and remember: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
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