Whether you are going on a weekend getaway, a road trip or travelling to the other side of the world, below are 15 tips to make sure your eczema doesn’t get in the way!
It’s always a good idea to carry your Epipen (assuming you are allergic to nuts) around with you, especially when travelling to new places.
You never know what they mix in with their food so it’s important to communicate with your server on your dietary and allergy restrictions.
I always have an emergency pack of antihistamines with me just in case I come into contact with something that may cause me to have a reaction.
Also, if you start getting itchy on the airplane, your options are limited in terms of dealing with it. So something like Reactine or Benadryl can help until you get off the plane or make a pit stop.
Carrying these items gives me the peace of mind in case I get a reaction.
2. Travel size moisturizer
This is a must for me, wherever travelling internationally and even locally.
My skin always gets dry after a few hours, depending on the climate of the place I’m visiting. So whenever you are sightseeing or just exploring, carry this with you.
My skin gets dry quickly on long airplane rides. I’m guessing it has to do with the cabin air pressure and the A/C constantly being blasted.
When my skin is dry, it itches. So, having a travel size moisturizer helps my skin stay hydrated.
3. Wear loose cotton clothes
Wear cotton because you know that is one of the least irritating fabrics for eczema prone skin.
Wearing loose clothes allows your skin to breathe and minimizes the chances of you starting to get itchy.
4. Travelling with Snacks
If you have dietary and allergy restrictions, you know eating can be a challenge when travelling.
When you book your plane tickets, let your airline know of these restrictions, so first they can ensure the passengers around your seat do not consume nuts (or anything else that can cause severe reactions if airborne).
Second, maybe your airline maybe have a special meal for you.
But just in case, it’s a good idea to bring snacks whether you are going on a road trip or flying to another place.
5. Pillow and/or pillowcase
Nothing like having your face itch due to the hotel’s or Air BnB’s choice of feather filled pillows!
So if you can make space for your hypoallergenic cotton filled pillow, bring it along.
You may also want to bring a pillow case or two. I know my face won’t react to the pillow cases I’ve been using, so it’s better to be safe so you can sleep peacefully and not wake up to a reaction.
Yup, I always bring my own towel.
I don’t know how and what they use to disinfect hotel towels but it probably involves chemicals which can cause me to react.
I’d rather be comfortable drying myself off with my own towel and have that peace of mind.
Same goes with bedsheets, and it won’t even take up that much space to pack.
Sleep in peace so pack your comfy and skin safe bed sheets.
That way you can sleep the night without itching, wake up feeling refreshed and enjoy your trip.
Don’t bother with hotel soaps.
Avoid a reaction and bring some that you are currently using so you can shower without any reaction.
9. Travelling with Supplements
Bring the supplements that help keep your eczema away and help your body heal.
It may feel like a hassle to carry them when travelling but use a pill box to bring just enough you need. If you don’t want to carry them, you may want to buy them once you arrive at your destination but you may have to pay a higher price.
10. Protect your skin
Pack some sunscreen if you are visiting a sunny destination. You don’t want to get sunburned. Imagine dealing with your sunburn plus eczema?!
Scarves, long sleeves
You may also want to wear some light cool colours because we know that dark colours attract heat more. You can get itchy from too much heat.
So you may want to wear long sleeves or scarves made out of light weight fabric. This can keep you shielded from the sun but still give you that airflow to keep you cool.
11. Eat familiar foods
It may be tempting to try new foods when you travel but…
I tend to stick to foods that I know won’t give me a reaction.
I’d rather experiment when I’m home then deal with a flare up when I’m on vacation.
12. Portable fan
Yes, this saved me a few times on my trips to hot places.
It was getting really hot and I was starting to itch.
So I busted out my portable USB powered fan to cool me until I could cool off in the A/C.
13. Plan ahead
We all know stress also triggers eczema, so create a check list of things you need to pack and buy. That way, you won’t be stressing last minute about it.
If you know the restaurants you are going to be trying, check out the menu ahead of time just to be sure you have some options.
If not suggest something else.
Always carry a water bottle with you!
Especially when travelling, you will get dehydrated quick from all the walking, talking and laughing.
Having eczema, your skin is already dry so staying on top of your water intake is key.
15. Have fun travelling!
Yes, don’t forget to have fun! It can be difficult not to stress about eczema when travelling but the whole point of travelling is to be stress free
Don’t get caught up in your eczema and especially how you think your skin will look.
Most people are caught up in themselves just like how all we think about is our eczema. So they most likely won’t even notice your eczema until you mention it.
Safe travels Eczema Warriors!
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