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One of the difficult things about traveling with a food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity is having to tell people about your food requirements. Communicating clearly through a language barrier can be tricky in the best of circumstances and the last thing that you want is to have a small (or large) miscommunication result in a lost day or more of travel because you accidentally ate something that contained soy. Luckily, there is a solution for this problem: allergy cards!
Allergy cards are small cards that you can put in your purse or wallet that provide information about your food requirements in other languages. For instance, you can purchase an allergy card that basically says "I am allergic to soy and cannot have anything with soy in it" written in Japanese. Then, when you are in Japan, you can use the card as a translating aid, showing it to your waiter to help communicate that you cannot eat soy in any dish. While a card like this doesn't eliminate all communication confusion, it can definitely make it easier and helps you be confident that your communication is working. This is especially true with languages that are not similar to your native language.
We've never used these before, but they seem really useful! If we were to get one, we'd probably choose one that reads "allergic to soy" just to avoid any confusion with an intolerance vs. allergy. Have you ever used one of these cards? Was it helpful?
Don't feel like you have to face a communication barrier without any help. Use an allergy card to make your travels a bit easier and possibly unlock some more delicious food to try!