Staying Prepared When Traveling with Eczema

Eileen Bailey | May 25, 2017

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Traveling with eczema can put you at risk for a flare. Changing climates, sleeping in different rooms, and eating local or fast food can worsen your eczema and have you spending your time traveling uncomfortable and itchy. Proper planning can help minimize your risks.

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Research before you go

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Research your destination. What is the weather compared to at your home? Will it help or hurt your eczema? If you have food allergies or triggers, research local restaurants where you can safely eat. Doing your research before you go will help you better plan for your trip.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

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Add extra water to your daily routine one to two weeks before you leave. This helps moisturize your skin from the inside. Stay away or limit your consumption of caffeine and alcoholic drinks.

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Pack your own

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Pack large size toiletries in your checked luggage and make small containers for each if you are flying. This makes sure you don’t have to go without your own soaps, shampoos, and moisturizers, even if there is a delay in getting your luggage.

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Bring your own laundry soap

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Bring along your own laundry detergent. If you are staying somewhere long enough that you might want to do laundry, bring your own laundry soap. This isn’t a time when you want to experiment with new brands.

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Bring your own sheets, towels

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Pack your own sheets and towels. Hotels and even relatives might use laundry detergent that contains perfumes and other irritants. Sheets that aren’t cotton might irritate your skin. Rather than wake up with a flare, bring along sheets that you know will allow you to sleep comfortably.

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Moisturize the air

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If you are staying in a hotel and the air is dry, fill the tub with steaming water or run a hot shower for a few minutes to add moisture to the air.

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Double check your packing

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Double check to make sure you have packed all your essentials: facial cleansers, shower cleansers, shampoo, lotions, ointments, sunscreen, medications, supplements, gauze, band aids, and antihistamines. If you are headed to cold weather, don’t forget hats and gloves.

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Allergy-friendly rooms?

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If staying in a hotel, call ahead to see if they have allergy-friendly rooms. If they don’t, calling ahead will in some cases give the staff time to make the right accomodations.

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Layer your clothes

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Bring enough clothes that you can always layer your clothes — taking some off when you are hot and adding when you are cold.

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Wear long clothes on the plane, pack a blanket

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When traveling by plane, wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent irritation from the airplane seats and protect you against potential irritants. Bring along a soft blanket. Blanket-scarves work great because you can use it throughout your trip as a layer in cool restaurants or cool weather.

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Plan your meals ahead

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If you have food allergies or food triggers, plan your meals ahead. Use Google to research local restaurants, look for a hotel with kitchenettes, and bring snacks that don’t have allergens. Understand your triggers and be prepared.

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Don’t take a vacation from your skin care regimen

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Stick with your skin care regimen. Traveling isn’t the time to experiment with a new facial cleanser or change moisturizers. Use what you know works and keep your daily regimen up as best as possible.

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Make sure to relax

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Plan for down time. Even when on vacation, traveling can be stressful. Plan some down time into each day to make sure you get enough rest. Use this time to relax and rejuvenate.