Happy Holidays with Eczema and Allergies: Tips for a Stress-Free Trip

Travel 19.05.2023

By Jo Greensdale

Going on holiday is exciting, but it can also pose challenges, especially for those who suffer from eczema and allergies. Changes in weather, diet, and exposure to new environments can trigger eczema and allergy flare-ups, making it important to plan ahead to ensure a comfortable and safe trip.

Top Tips:

1. Plan ahead 

Before you decide where to go, consider the type of climate and environment that suits you best. Eczema can be exacerbated by dry or cold climates and if you have allergies, you may want to avoid destinations with high pollen counts or air pollution. Research your destination thoroughly before you book your trip and consider speaking with specialist companies (see end of blog for ideas on this). Find out in advance where the nearest chemist or hospital is to where you are staying, just in case you need it.

2. Pack smart 

3. Avoid triggers 

Travelling can expose you to a wide range of potential triggers, from new foods to different climates. Take steps to avoid these triggers, such as researching local food before you arrive or packing your own safe snacks. If you’re flying, airplane air can be very dry, which can lead to eczema flare-ups so take extra moisturiser with you. If you have a pet allergy, consider choosing a pet-free hotel, or packing allergy medication just in case. Eczema tends to respond badly to stress, and delays, queues, and uncertainty only exacerbate it. Keep these tips up your sleeve for when a stressful situation arises.   

4. Tell people – about any allergies or sensitivities

Communication is key. Let anyone you’re travelling with, airlines or hotels know in advance so they can be prepared and ensure you have the best holiday possible. If going to a country where you don’t speak the language, use the fantastic translation cards available from Allergy UK (https://www.allergyuk.org/our-services/translation-cards/) and if you’re travelling with kids, consider using a medical alert bracelet or necklace to help identify their condition in case of emergency.

5. Stay hydrated 

Travelling can be dehydrating, which can lead to dry skin and eczema flare-ups. Make sure to drink plenty of water and consider taking a refillable water bottle.

Travelling with eczema or allergies can be challenging, but with these tips, you can minimize your risk of flare-ups and enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

Just remember to plan ahead, pack smart and above all, have fun! 

Specialist companies 

We’ve found a few travel companies that specialize in providing safe and comfortable travel experiences for people with allergies. We haven’t vetted these and would be really interested to know if you have any experience with them. 

Allergy Free Passport – This US-based travel company offers allergy-friendly vacation packages, including accommodations and activities that are safe for people with allergies. 

Food Allergy Gateaways – This American-based travel company specializes in allergy-friendly travel, offering a range of services, including custom travel planning, cruises, allergy-friendly accommodations and restaurants.

Artisans of Leisure – A luxury travel company based in the US that takes allergy concerns of their customers very seriously and works closely with tour guides, hotels and restaurants to ensure that their customers are well looked after while on holiday.

Equal Eats – A company that offers allergy translation cards to help you communicate your allergies in any language across the world. You can find a 15% discount for their products on this page.

If you’re planning a trip and have severe allergies, it may be worth considering one of these companies to ensure that your travel experience is safe and comfortable.

Thank you

Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you found it useful and inspired you to start planning your next stress free allergy friendly trip.

You might also enjoy reading Travelling Abroad Since My Coeliac Diagnosis.