Travel is usually associated with good times, and beautiful memories can also trigger unexpected skin reactions in many autistic and other special needs vacationers. In theory almost anything can trigger a response; anywhere from your hotel soap, using the public laundromat to excessive sweating and walking in hot temperatures. That, in turn, can lead to complaining, whining, refusal to participate in planned outings and in more extreme cases, an unwanted visit to the local ER-all resulting in a combination of lost money, time and added stress. Clearly, not a good way to enjoy one’s vacation!
Hence, although one cannot foresee every allergen or contaminant to avoid a couple of simple tips could help prevent many if not most problems from developing in the first place.
Bring your own soap
Although many hotels and cruise lines supply soap for guests, it is best to stick with the brand you are used to. For you to do that; you either physically take it with you, ship it ahead of time or buy it at your destination upon arrival if it is available. If you decide to carry it with you, remember to pack at least one in your checked and a second 3-ounce size in your hand luggage to avoid any luggage snafus.You may choose to take a bar soap in lieu of liquid soap since it is easier to carry,won’t spill and might be more cost efficient.
Pack Laundry detergent
In today’s world where you are charged for extra luggage by the airline companies, you might decide to pack fewer clothes and just wash them during your vacation. If you do that, you should definitely consider bringing the laundry detergent you are accustomed at home to use on the road as well, and not chance the possibility of strange reactions from unfamiliar detergents at dry cleaners or laundromats.
You may need a hair dryer after all
Most hotels and cruise lines supply one, but you can call ahead and ask whether they do, and if need to be, bring your own. Use the hairdryer to blow dry skin folds and private areas after showers or bath to avoid skin breakouts, especially in tropical climates.
Don’t forget a Body Glide
The body glide is one of those staples (marketed in different ‘hers’ and ‘his’ varieties, but basically, the same formula) you should have in your carry-on bag. Whether it is to avoid pesky shoe blisters, clothes chafing your skin (wool and sequins are the worst offenders) or bag straps on your shoulder, you are bound to use this product repeatedly.
And when everything else fails:
Over the years, we’ve learnt to carry certain items that would help us in challenging situations when allergies started despite taking the necessary precautions. WE’ve found that a mini container of a skin moisturizing cream along with an over the counter steroid cream to minimize the irritation and itching can go a long way in ensuring you still get to enjoy your vacation.
Do you suffer from allergies?
What items have you found helpful to pack that help?