Eczema: Traveling Essentials for Sensitive Skin

by Ashley Wall Patient Advocate

Traveling with sensitive skin is an adventure all on its own, especially when you have eczema. Whether you're traveling to a beautiful tropical island, or a scenic winter wonderland, your sensitive skin may wreak havoc if you’re not well prepared. Have no fear, here are some essentials items to pack. With this list you can make sure your skin doesn’t have plans of its own.

Two sets of toiletries. Ever have the airport lose your luggage, or have your luggage tossed on to another plane? It’s a nightmare. Ever since that mishap, I’ve learned to travel with toiletries in my check-in bag, as well as my carry on. You never know when an emergency situation will occur, so always be prepared.

Emergency contact list. A relative of mine received food poisoning on a recent trip to a tropical island. To their surprise, the bill came out to $500 for a simple doctor’s visit at the resort. Anytime I travel I always make sure to research the local hospitals, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies. In case of an emergency, I like to be prepared and understand exactly what my insurance covers.

Alcohol-free, anti-bacterial wipes, or spray. Germs, viruses, and fungi are everywhere. It’s best to reduce your chances of getting sick by carrying some with you. The alcohol-free tends to be easier on my sensitive skin, so I recommend this type if your skin suffers from harsh chemicals.

Reusable water bottle. You’d be surprised how much money you can spend constantly purchasing bottled water. I’ve always found it's best to purchase gallon water from the store, then transfer it into your reusable bottles. It will save you a lot of money and keep you hydrated throughout the day.

Flare-up clothing. You never truly know how your skin is going to react in an unfamiliar climate. So it’s best to prepare an outfit, just in case you receive a flare-up. For me, this usually consists of long sleeves and pants made from the breathable cotton or loose silk. These two materials are hypoallergenic and beneficial for my skin, which tends to crack under pressure.

High-quality sunscreen spray. Sunscreen and eczema can be a nightmare in and of itself. It may leave your skin feeling streaky, chalky, and overall and not blendable with products already on your skin. This is why I opt for a high-quality sunscreen spray. It applies evenly, doesn’t have to be rubbed in and sits on top of the layer of products previously applied to your skin.

Vitamins. Vitamins that are anti-inflammatory are a must have when traveling. I make sure to pack vitamin D to boost my immune system, probiotics for digestion, and magnesium for sleep. It’s important to find vitamins that work for you and help you feel your best, especially when traveling.

Turkish towel. I’ve recently heard wonderful things about the Turkish towel. This lightweight towel is produced with quality cotton, great for absorption, doesn’t get mildewy, and is pretty stylish. With hotels, Air BnBs, and friends/relatives using perfumed detergent, this is a great option. Just make sure to wash the Turkish towel beforehand with a fragrant-free cleanser.

Sheet liner. Speaking of harsh detergents, a smart thing to do is always travel with is a sheet liner. REI makes a very affordable one. For me, the bedsheets are usually washed in a fragrant detergent. This is disastrous for my skin, and I've had breakouts within minutes. To eliminate this, I carry a sheet liner to avoid this at all costs!

Tracker. Keeping track of the weather, foods you eat, and anything else you come into contact with is a great way to know what causes your triggers. Whenever I’m traveling I like to use an app to remind myself of what works and what doesn’t. It also helps keep track of my triggers.

Ashley Wall
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Ashley Wall

Ashley Wall is a freelance writer who started her blog Itchin' Since ’87 as a creative outlet. As a longtime eczema sufferer, she considers herself the ‘eczema aficionado’. She’s a huge advocate for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Her life’s mission is to help find a cure for eczema. With her experience, she also hopes to give insightful advice on living with eczema through her writing and work.