Do Spring Allergy Symptoms Suck the Fun From Your Life?

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


Have allergies ever held you back from doing something you love? Spring allergy symptoms can be nasty. Honest seasonal allergy solutions are crucial to my family. Travel blogger here. Ready to go do all the fun things any time of year. But spring and summer mean getting outdoors and hitting the road. And I go nowhere without allergy medicine.


Every last one of my family members have allergies. For my older daughter cut grass can often make her sneeze her head off. Grass cutting begins about now so spring allergy symptoms are a part of our lives now. Sometimes my youngest sneezes the moment May hits. My husband and I both have equal opportunity spring allergy symptoms that start early and linger FOREVER some years. Jim’s are much worse than mine though running well into Fall.
At this time of year, allergies are lurking EVERYWHERE, and if you’ve ever had to deal with the resulting itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, or a runny nose you know it’s tempting to hide through spring and sometimes even way into fall too. But you can’t hide when you are a travel writer. And where I go, my family often follows. Family travel writing means embracing the outdoors.


My Spring Allergy Strategy:

I rarely let springtime allergies keep me indoors. Because life is short and spring and summer are meant for fun.


That said, I most definitely couldn’t do it without my family allergy toolkit. What’s in my allergy toolkit? First, Claritin Rapid Dissolve. THIS one is for my husband. It works very well for his seasonal spring allergy symptoms. (Side note – allergy symptoms can make him a bit of a bear and his last so long that I’d rather NOT got there. So bring on the allergy relief. Claritin Rapid Dissolve provides 24 hour allergy relief of itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose.


For fast relief of eye allergy symptoms at home or on the road, I’ve got hydraSense Allergy Therapy – an eye drop formulated to relief allergy symptoms. I CAN’T even begin to tell you how excited we all were to see this product. Hadn’t seen it until recently and it is life changing. You know that itchy watery I must scratch my eyes out right now feeling of summer allergies? Well, these eye drops work to keep your eyes from scratching so much.


MULTIPLE activities I will not avoid because of allergy symptoms:


It’s great we don’t have to shovel snow anymore, but it also time to get out and cut the grass. Not to mention trim the tree and clean up any old leaves left from the fall – you know the ones that got buried under snow for months. Yeah those. The gardening goes much faster without having to stop every few minutes to blow your nose. If grass is one of your allergy symptoms, have a fast-acting Claritin handy before you head out the door.

Hiking –

I like to walk a lot in the spring and summer months. When ski season ends I am outside getting my steps in. Can’t do that if you hide indoors so here’s to having an allergy toolkit that works.


I could give you a million excuses for not doing spring cleaning – but dust allergies won’t be one of them. Spending time in dusty spaces can leave both Jim and I feeling rotten. Dust is in fact one of the allergies we both have. This year, we won’t have to hide from a dusty corner. When we feel symptoms starting, we can take a Claritin anywhere and everywhere (it dissolves on the tongue – no water needed!). Dissolvables travel well too!


The Zoo or Animal Sanctuary

This past couple of years many of my travels have led me to animal refuges and rehab centres. Animal fur and dust plus outdoor spaces and farms!!! That’s like an allergy trifecta. Red, itchy, watery eyes are a side effect of zoos and day trips where animals exist.

I like to keep a bottle of hydraSense Eye Allergy drops in my bag for this. The bottle is small enough to not take up too much space and I can apply the drops on-the-go easily. hydraSense® Allergy Therapy contains clinically proven, naturally-sourced ingredients called sodium hyaluronate and ectoine for effective, long-lasting relief of irritated, itchy, and watery eyes due to dryness and allergies. They are Phosphate-free and can also be used with contact lenses. For more information: www.hydrasense.ca

Riding –

My daughter rides and does dressage at SARI and I’m not about to miss that. It’s one of her favourite things and I enjoy seeing her succeed at something she loves. But the barn can be a huge trigger for allergies especially for me.

YURTS, Camping etc. –

So Listen here’s the thing about travel writing. When someone calls and says hey would you and your family like to visit Muskoka or go camping in Kalamazoo..you need to be ready. I keep all these great tools in my allergy toolkit and it let’s me do my job and enjoy the seasons, whatever they bring!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.


Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.

One Comment

  • Jen

    I love your blog! Have you ever tried using essential oils for your allergies?? So easy and so effective!