Treating eczema in the comfort of your own home is hard enough! Traveling and treating eczema on the go adds a whole extra layer of complication. What’s worse is that traveling can easily add extra stress that might cause an eczema flare up. Below are some tips and tricks to help you navigate your next family trip while keeping eczema symptoms at bay!
1. Make a list and check it twice.
Having a checklist of your eczema must-haves is crucial! Take a minute to look at these reminders and write out a list of your own.
- Tried and true skin products. You don’t want to be caught traveling without your go-to skin products!
- Your favorite soap and shampoo. Who knows what’s in those hotel soaps and shampoos? Stay safe and bring your own!
- Sheets and towels that you know and love. The dyes and chemicals in detergents are a huge question mark when you’re in a hotel. Bringing your own sheets can help protect your little one from having a flare-up.
- Medications and/or supplements. Another thing you don’t want to be caught without while you’re on the road. Be sure you have enough for the trip and won’t need a refill!
Notes: Be sure to bring travel friendly products! Check the TSA guidelines for the most updated requirements for things like gels, creams, and liquids.
2. Bring tried and true foods.
Food allergies and intolerances are super common triggers for eczema flare-ups. Bringing snacks and scoping out restaurants in advance can save you a lot of headache while you’re on the road! Pack snacks for on-the-go and in the hotel room. I promise, it’ll be a game changer! If you’re planning on going out to eat a lot, call ahead at local restaurants to see if they are able to accomodate you and your little one. Another option? Check out local grocery stores so that you can stock up on food if you need to refill!
3. Get to know the area.
Research the area that you are traveling to and make note of the nearest pharmacy incase you need to refill you little one’s medication in a pinch! You’ll also want to note the nearest emergency room… you know, incase of an emergency! Be sure to look for urgent care locations too. You probably won’t need either, but being prepared will let you relax on your travels!
4. Try to stick to a routine.
Sticking to a routine doesn’t really sound all that fun on vacation – I know. That being said, if you stay as close to your regular skincare routine, you might be able to dodge an eczema flare-up! Obviously, life happens and this might not be possible, and that’s okay! Do your best to stay as close to your at-home routine as possible.
The Take Home Message
Traveling with eczema doesn’t have to be scary! Make a list, plan ahead, and be prepared. In fact, be prepared with a Plan A, B, and C! This will help you and your little one relax and actually enjoy your vacation.