Select Wisely

By Heather Legg

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on www.selectwisely.com, a site that offers translation cards for allergies for traveling out of your home country. As we are planning a European trip in a few weeks, I thought I’d try them out. I ordered my cards and after receiving them, the result is in. And the verdict, I am quite pleased!

I was happy to find two duplicate cards in my envelope instead of the single one I was expecting, and the company even gifted me another set regarding my daughter’s nut allergy (what a nice surprise!). The cards are the size of a credit card, heavily laminated and two sided. The one that I ordered states “I am allergic to nuts” and “Does this food contain nuts?” on one side, and on the other is a picture of tree nuts with a red “NO” circle and says “No Nuts!” translated from English to French with wording in both languages.

I like the idea of two cards, because I can keep one and my husband can have one as well in case I decide to go shoe shopping and he takes my daughter for ice cream, or any more probable scenario, and it’s one less thing we have to worry about handing back and forth.

I also received the list of nuts cards, which on one side has a picture of nuts with the red “NO” circle on one side and on the other, a list of nuts with NO in front of each one.

There is also a strongly worded card for those with more severe allergies and you can customize your card with language and/or allergy. I chose against the strongly worded card because my daughter’s allergy is not so severe, but it would be great for those who need it. It states the dangers of any contact with the allergen clearly and succinctly.

The customer service was excellent with quick email responses, a hand written note and helpful suggestions. I also received the cards within days after ordering.

I plan on learning the phrases so I can speak them as well as show them, but it’s nice to have a back up with the written word, even pictures to help with any miscommunication or lack of understanding on either side. It’s one less thing to worry about when traveling to another country, so thank you Select Wisely and I am looking forward to my trip!

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