We are headed to Aruba this winter with a child who has a severe peanut allergy. We will have a kitchen and will do many meals in the apartment. We do also want to go out to restaurants. Do you have any kid friendly recommendations that are peanut free restaurants? Did you find products easily in the markets? Are there any safe places to get a shave ice or similar? We do not do any shared facilities but again we are only dealing with peanut not tree nut. Thanks for any help or suggestions. There is soooo little out there on Aruba.
By PeanutAllergy.com on Oct 9, 2015
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Visiting a foreign country with a PA child can make for a worrisome trip, no matter where you go. Concerns over airline snacks (which, thankfully might soon be a thing of the past), treatments and medication should an allergic reation occur, or even the language barrier can often seem so daunting that you may find yourself wondering if it’s worth it. But as “Pure and Peanut Free” Blogger Rebecca Sherrow says, “it’s crucial to broaden our children’s world views, and traveling is one of the best ways to do that firsthand.”
Safe travel (to Aruba in particular) is a recurring issue among our community, as recently as this year and as far back as 2001. The consensus seems to be that Aruba accommodates PA individuals well; there are several “American-style” grocery stores, the language barrier is thin as many residents speak English (as well as Spanish and Dutch), and most people report great experiences in local restaurants.
That said, there are precautions you should take whenever you are travelling with someone with severe peanut allergies. It is widely encouraged that you have a card alerting restaurant staff of your child’s allergy information. FARE offers free “Chef Card” Templates so you can specifically explain any dietary needs and restrictions. Another, similar tool you can use is the iPhone app Allergy FT, which collects your child’s list of allergies and translates it into whichever language you choose. These tools should make eating at restaurants an easier, more enjoyable endeavor.
In an effort to find as much information as possible, we reached out to our Facebook community with your question. You can view their responses here.
We hope this information is helpful. Take care, and have a wonderful trip!