Travel Essentials for the Eczema-Prone

Many of us are looking forward to our next travel adventure, especially once this pandemic clears up and we can return to a new kind of normalcy.

However, for the eczema-prone, traveling, whether pre- or post-pandemic, has its own kind of challenges — drastic weather changes, as you change time zones, can pose an immediate risk of a flare up for eczema-prone skin.

Here are some travel essentials that you will need to help extra dry, sensitive and eczema-prone skin:


Tip No. 1: Bring your daily regimen from home with you

If you can bring mini-versions of them in your handcarry bag, as well as in your checked-in baggage, even better, just in case anything happens to your checked-in bags. It’s always best to maintain the regimen your skin is used to — as well as your creams, ointments, and the like — whether you’re out on the road, in the sky, or halfway around the world.

Tip No. 2: Find out where the nearest hospital or medical facility is

In case of flare-ups or reactions, it’s best to know where to go in the destination/s you’ll be traveling to. You will want to take note of the nearest available treatment center, and if you have any prescriptions or notes from your doctor, it’s advisable to bring it with you.

Tip No. 3: Bring your own sheets

This might add to the weight of your luggage, but if possible, bring your own sheets and pillowcases. You never know how often your hotel or rented home changes their sheets, and if the detergent they use could cause flare-ups.

Tip No. 4: Bring anti-allergy medication

Dust, sand, pollen, food — any of these and more can be a trigger for flare-ups when you’re traveling. To be on the safe side, always bring anti-allergy medication to avoid any reactions, or worse, a trip to the emergency room.

Tip No. 5: Pack the right kind of clothing

Whether you’re headed towards somewhere warm or cold, light, loose clothing won’t irritate your skin as much as tight, form-fitting clothes do. If you’re going to a cold place, just add layers of loose clothing that you can easily remove once you’re indoors or somewhere a bit warmer. Living with eczema doesn’t have to be complicated; you can still make the most of your adventures and seize every moment wherever you travel.