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Summer Rules


By Pam, age 21. Allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and soy.

Ocean breeze, hot sun, and my tanned toes tickling the sand are the thoughts that pop into my mind when someone says “summer.” Oh yeah, and food. Oops, and food allergies. But I’m not worried about starving on vacation. Why? Because it’s just like eating at home, and better … if your vacations are anything like mine.

For the past couple of years, my family and I, along with a few other families, have traveled to a gorgeous mansion on a South Carolina beach.

I might be sweating on the beach, but I’m not sweating about what to eat. The hospital is not on my vacation itinerary. Just simple planning and organization are the keys to my safe and happy trip. “Look it up, plan it out, and label it” are my golden rules to life. Thinking ahead is so much easier than making last-minute decisions.

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