8 Tips for Traveling with Eczema
I recently talked about my 7-day international trip with atopic eczema. My skin wasn't its worse, but it also could have been a lot better. I love traveling and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to take this amazing trip and really experience life the way I did. I learned a lot about myself and the world around me. I wanted to take a moment to share a few tips I have on travel with atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema).
- Tell your doctor - Talk to your doctor about the trip in advance. You never know, they may have suggestions or recommendations on what to do or how to treat your condition while you're gone.
- Check with your airline - If you're taking liquids and cream treatments, you may want to double check with the airline to see if it's okay and how much you can bring. Recently my sister and I had some trouble when trying to go through TSA with products. Just to be proactive, I would call in advance.
- Check with the hotel - If you know your skin doesn't do well with certain fabrics and things, try calling the hotels to see exactly what they use. Most are able to give you details on their products. If it's something that aggravates your skin, try making a backup plan. If necessary, you may need to alter your plans for your stay.
- Bring backup - If something is important to you, always remember to bring backup. If your face breaks out a lot and you have to sleep on a certain pillowcase, I would recommend bringing that one, plus another one (depending on the length of your stay). The last thing you need is to go out of your way to avoid a flare and because something gets lost or dirty, having to experience it anyway!
- Listen to your body - We know what our bodies need. If you feel a flare coming on, believe it. Be proactive and do something.
- Diets - If you're on a special diet because of your atopic dermatitis, always remember to follow it. I know vacation is a time to be free and really enjoy, but we must remember to abide by our restrictions to avoid unnecessary stress and flares.
- Clothes - Be careful with what you pack to wear on your trip. If you're going somewhere with a lot of (high) grass or mosquitos, you may want to wear longer clothes. Also, be careful of the fabrics. Remember, you don't want to be stuck wearing something that bothers your skin.
- Don't forget the fit! - I personally love to buy new clothes for special occasions. If you're like me, don't forget to try on all outfits before you leave! This helps to ensure your clothes won't be too tight and rubbing against your skin (in an uncomfortable manner) or just uncomfortable and annoying to the skin! You don't want to be miles and miles away from home when you find out your outfit just won't do!
These are a few things I happened to think about while on my vacation. I hope it helps you on yours!
Have you been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis?