Staying Prepared When Traveling with Eczema
Eileen Bailey | May 25, 2017
Research before you go
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.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
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.
Pack your own
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.
Bring your own laundry soap
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.
Bring your own sheets, towels
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.
Moisturize the air
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.
Double check your packing
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.
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.
Layer your clothes
Bring enough clothes that you can always layer your clothes — taking some off when you are hot and adding when you are cold.
Wear long clothes on the plane, pack a blanket
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.
Plan your meals ahead
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.
Don’t take a vacation from your skin care regimen
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.
Make sure to relax
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.