Every 3-4 months, I have to take our youngest out of state for dr's appointments. The last several years, we have been able to stay at the Ronald McDonald house. This upcoming trip I was not able to get a room at the RMH, we have been put on a waiting list. So for the first time in years, we will have to stay in a hotel. And to top it off, a hotel we have never stayed at. 

I know some hotel rooms are not always the cleanest, we will be traveling during spring, so that means we will probably be battling allergy issues.

What are some things you do when you stay in a hotel to keep allergy and asthma symptoms under control?


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  • Shea

    I dont stay at resorts that advertise "pet-friendly". Only at "non-smoking". I had good experience at Fairfield Inn when my son and I left state for a week due to the hurricane last year. I brought my nebulizer and air purifier and sheets, blanket, and a pillow. They have a minifridge and microwave so I could make meals in (we both have food allergies so eating out can be tough). They have a free breakfast buffet there too which was nice. My asthma did not act up beyond its normal so we were able to manage there fine. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    Melissa,  I haven't been on a trip in 5 years since my asthma attack. So when I do take a vacation. I will call the motel,hotel make sure there have been no pets , Service animals of any kind in the room. Bring my own pillow. Maybe even bring Disenfecting wipes to use as well like on the tv remote..

  • Tiffany F.

    I work for the Hilton hotel chain, so I recommend sticking with Hampton brand at the lowest end and skipping places like Days Inn, Quality Inn, Red Roof Inn, etc.   Pay a couple more bucks and it will make a difference because these upper end hotels have strict quality standards they must adhere to in order to keep their flag with the brand.  Owners MUST adhere to high quality of cleaning in most.  I cant account for all of them, but rarely do people seem to have issues at a Hampton or Homewood that they do in the low end seedier ones.  

    Bring an air purifier with you if you have one (I through amazon thats great for travel – we have it for my daughter!) and you can call ahead and let the hotel know that you have allergies in the family and request that they launder the sheets in a free and clear detergent (we have had guests request this) and you can let them know if you do not want feather pillows or harsh cleaning products used on your bathroom).  

  • Pljohns

    Tiffany-what awesome advise.  I don't travel often either and with my meds, I have to have a mini refrig.  We went to San Diego last summer and had a really good experience at embassy suites.  They are pricey but we can all stay in one room and the free full breakfast (with DS the walking garbage disposal) made it affordable.  I did call ahead and request a room with no service animals in the last 6 months at least, everything be laundered in fragrance free detergent and no strong cleaning products used in the room.  They were very accommodating and the room was perfect.

  • Shea

    Awesome advice about calling ahead and requesting those things!!! Makes me feel better about travelling if I have to. 

  • Melissa G

    @Pljohns- what are some of your packing tips with all the medications? I am always looking to stream line our packing. Every time we travel, it looks like I am moving out! 

  • Pljohns

    Melissa-it looked like I was moving out too when I traveled. It was the first time I’ve flown since being diagnosed with asthma and I had heard horror stories of going through TSA. 4 months before we left, I called them to see exactly how I needed to pack/label nebs, meds and some of my meds are temp sensitive and have to travel in a special cold container.  Long story short, I got on first name basis with a guy at TSA but I did exactly what he told me and I had no problems at all. He was funny-the first time I called, he said all they really worried about was small containers of clear liquid-just like neb medication-and he about died when I told him I needed to get 72 vials on board the plane with me.

    all meds were in a zip container and labeled with a luggage tag I had made with the medical insignia on it; my neb had another tag for medical equipment and the temp sensitive stuff, with yet another.  All of that fit in one duffle bag with a tag on it that it was medical equipment and medication.  I also had a letter from my doc saying that the neb and meds had to stay with me.  They opened the duffle and checked eveyrthing both ways, but it only took about 5 min.  It wasn’t nearly the headache I was expecting it to me.

    Not sure any of that helped because I felt like I was moving but at least if anyone needs to travel with tons of neb meds and nebulizers, I can definitely help you out

  • Melissa G

    Thanks Lynn! We haven't flown yet with dd. So far we have driven everywhere we need to go. We drive to Cincinnati for medical care, it's about a 9 hr trip. My dh use to come with us, but it was just getting to hard for him to be taking off all the time and my oldest started classes at a local community college. 

    I have streamed lined as much as I can, I think on supplies. Sometimes I look at our bags and wonder if I could pack/organize them better. I feel like a bag lady when we are checking in.  

    Our DME is located not too far from the hospital, so I know if I forgot anything they can get it for me, but I would rather not do that. 

    It's always nice to see/hear how others pack and travel. I have picked up some great tips that way. 

  • Pljohns

    Melissa-I felt like I was moving too but we were on vacation clear across the country and my meds are custom ordered ones/speciality pharmacy so I knew there was no way I could get them there.  It's a hassle but at least I made it with no problems and am not nearly as afraid to fly with everything now.

  • K8sMom2002

    Not anything to do with meds, but a good tip that I use: the roll-up vacuum pack bags for clothes. It's a little pesky on the front end, but your clothes don't wind up wrinkled, and they take up less space. Plus, if something spills, they don't get wet. 

    I've called ahead to the hotel itself and talked to the management and/or the concierge services to ask for special things. They've always been super nice. 

    Tiffany, great to hear that about the hotel advice … we've always had pretty good luck with Hampton Inn and the Hilton Garden … and Lynn, it's SO nice to be able to find a suite with a kitchenette because then I can cook for my DD's FA. 

  • Kathy P

    Since you guys are driving, I recommend bring your own linens and pillows. 

    I also like to pack in "modules" so I can find things. I can tell someone I need the "xzy" bag. Sometimes I use plastic totes so things don't get crushed. As we use things (like food), I consolidate and stack empty containers or collapse tote bags.

  • Pljohns

    Kathy-sounds like you are a pro at packing!  DH and both DS HATE to travel so we don't do much of it.  Now that they are bigger, if we go anywhere, it's mostly DH and every time, I hear him huffing and fussing about how much I bring even if it's just for a weekend trip.  Can't help it-my meds/nebulizer take a small duffel bag all by themselves and I have one specifically for them.

  • Melissa G

    Lynn, your husband would cringe if he could see how much I have to pack.  

    Bekah has 3 bags for medical supplies, plus boxes of formula and pedialyte, and her travel IV pole. That doesn't count the daily bags we take when we are out and about. 

    I have started rolling our clothes before we put them into our bags, so I can fit more into our bags. 

  • Melissa G

    the hotel is very nice. We have had no problems with our room. We did have problems when we arrived though. Unfortunately a local senior apartment complex caught fire and many of the residents are staying here. when we arrived, several seniors were right outside the main entrance smoking. It was bad the entire time we were unloading the truck. I finally said something to the manager, I felt bad, but coming in and out of the building shouldn't cause me to have an asthma attack.