Staying away from home and changing your usual routine, will always bring new challenges.
This is no different if you have PKU. A host of unfamiliar foods may present, ones you do not know the protein content of, whether it be visiting friends and family, travelling locally, or going abroad. When travelling overseas, there are the added factors of potential language barriers and concerns around taking protein substitutes in your luggage to consider.
You might also be getting to the age where you are sleeping over at friend’s houses or are going on more overnight school trips and are starting to take on more responsibility for managing your own diet.
Here are a few hints and tips to make sure that your trip goes smoothly:
Before you go:
If you are going on a trip with school or staying over at a friend’s house, with all the excitement, it may be hard to remember to take your protein substitute and manage your own diet.
Getting used to doing this when you are away from home will help grow your confidence in managing your own PKU diet in the future.
There are a few things that you and your parents can do to make sure this goes as smoothly as possible:
The most important thing to remember is that going away should be fun, so please don’t be worried about it. If you follow our advice, your trip is sure to go well. Have fun and bon voyage!