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The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Eczema

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This post is one I have wanted to write for quite some time. I struggled with traveling with eczema and I think I have gotten better at making it less stressful.

Anyone with eczema knows how severe flare-ups can become after just a few days of not caring for their skin properly. It’s no surprise then that it can be difficult to manage eczema while traveling.

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Making your environment eczema friendly

Visit your doctor or dermatologist before traveling

You’ve planned a trip, but aren’t sure how climate, food or other environment will affect your eczema. Before you even start packing, you need to visit your dermatologist or doctor.

They will be able remind you of triggers, offer advice on how to avoid flare-ups, and even recommend the best creams and treatments for you to use.

Book rooms with air conditioner

Execzema can flare up if it is too hot. If you are traveling to a hot area, make sure to book air-conditioned accommodation.

You’ll feel more at ease throughout the night, and less likely to wake up in the middle of the night.

You can keep cool even if you don’t have AC.

If you are traveling to a remote area or on a tight budget, it may not always be possible to rent accommodation with air conditioning. You still need to be able to cool down, especially if you get too hot or sweaty.

Cooling down can be creative. You could put your sheets in the freezer or fridge for a few minutes before you go to bed.

An ice tote is one of my favorite travel accessories. It’s lightweight and can keep you cool for hours once it’s dry. Although it sounds strange, it is actually very useful for keeping cool at night. To soothe a flare-up, you can use an ice towel to cover the affected area.

Access to a bath or shower is essential.

Most accommodations will include a bath or shower, but double-check before you book.

There is no need to have a luxurious bathroom, but if you are camping or staying in a budget hotel you will have to do with what you have. You can wash as long as there is running water.

It is important to wash your skin regularly if you want to control your eczema. Having a bath or a shower to use whenever you need is going to make it easier to travel with eczema.

Bring your own pillows cases and/or sheets

Itching can be triggered by detergent, so you may find itchy bed sheets when you move to a new place.

You can avoid this by making your own pillow covers and bed sheets. The bed sheets will not irritate your skin and will make you feel as comfortable at home.

Find the closest pharmacy or medical facility

You might need to see a doctor if your eczema is severe or you have run out of prescription creams or treatments.

Even if it is unlikely, it is worth looking into the medical facilities available at your destination so you can find them easily if necessary.

Travel insurance is essential.

It’s important to have valid travel insurance if you are traveling with eczema. You don’t want to be surprised by a large medical bill if you end up in a medical facility.

Avoid eating foods that could trigger an allergic reaction.

It’s part of traveling. However, it is important to try new foods.

Google Translate can help you find recipes that don’t include certain ingredients or foods. This will allow you to still try new dishes, without worrying about getting sick.

Putting the right stuff

Loose cotton clothing is recommended

Traveling with eczema can be made easier by packing the right clothes. Wearing loose cotton clothing will keep you cool and not irritate the skin.

Sometimes, wearing loose cotton clothing with long sleeves or long legs can be more soothing than exposing your skin the sun.


Not only can hot weather cause skin irritation and flare ups but also cold weather.

Pack plenty of layers if you are traveling during winter or to cold destinations. Make sure you don’t pack any irritable layers!

All prescription medication should be brought

Prescription medication that you need to manage your eczema should be taken with you. You should ensure you have enough medication to last for the entire trip. Keep the original labels that include your name and details. If you run out, you can always take the label to your local medical facility to be replenished.

Your favorite moisturisers and shampoos should be packed

You can take moisturisers and shampoos that you are comfortable with, as well as conditioners, with you if you don’t think they will cause an outbreak of eczema.

Liquids can be packed in your checked luggage. Although it will add some weight, it is worth it. It’s not worth it to search for products that are eczema-friendly in another country, especially if the language barrier is present.

Take travel-sized moisturisers with you on your plane trip

You can also bring moisturisers and other products to your check-in bag. Also, make sure you have travel-sized moisturisers in a carry-on bag

Air conditioning can dry out your skin. Keep a moisturizer on hand to keep it hydrated.

Natural home remedies

You might not find the right medicine if you travel to an obscure area. It is a good idea, therefore, to learn how to soothe eczema naturally without using medication. You can soothe your skin with natural home remedies made from simple ingredients.

Make sure to pack eczema-friendly sunscreen

You don’t want sunscreen to be without when you travel. However, sunscreen can worsen eczema if it contains’stinging ingredients’.

Instead of buying sunscreen at the airport, research eczema friendly sunscreens and test out several brands. You won’t have to worry about finding the right sunscreen while you travel.

Be smart about your day

Wash your clothes as often as you would normally.

It is tempting to just let your daily routine slide and go on a day trip without taking a shower. However, it is important to keep your eczema under check by washing and cleaning regularly.

I don’t know if you feel the same, but even one shower can make me flare up, especially when it’s hot out. After a while of traveling, I realized that showering every day was the most important thing.

Apply treatments and moisturize as often at home as possible

Maintain your moisturizing routine and apply creams every day or multiple times per day. Everyone is different.

Do not forget to moisturize your skin as this could cause a rapid decline in its health. So that they go hand in hand, I moisturise immediately after a shower.

Take plenty of fluids when you fly, especially if you aren’t feeling well.

Your skin needs to be hydrated. To do this, you should drink plenty of fluids and moisturize regularly.

This is especially important when you fly, because the plane’s air can dry out your skin and dehydrate you.

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