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11. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Quoting tway

Bah - cotton takes too long to dry! Go for that nylon/lycra stuff. I bought a pair of seamless undies that I swear by. They dry in no time at all and fit like a glove. And no, I look nothing like that girl in the photo. Gimme padding!

I wouldn't really want to wear undies that aren't cotton, especially somewhere hot. They might dry quick, but cotton is much healthier, if you get what I mean ladies....

12. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

You might want to take just a little bit of detergent or just use a bar of soap with you so you can wash your undies in the sink at the hostel in a pinch. It's just too much of a bother to find a washing machine when you only have to wash your undies..

13. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

for our 8mth trip, i'm taking two bras, one light / one dark, and 5 pants..... bras - nylon, pants - cotton......

for me the problem will be socks and hiking boots, sweaty feet and hand washing can be really horrible and stinky

i'll just pick up new ones on the way, i'd say after hand washing in hostels my 'whites' will be grey or falling apart after a few washes,

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Rraven

for me the problem will be socks and hiking boots, sweaty feet and hand washing can be really horrible and stinky

Don't mean to go "off topic", but Nikki - bring along a small travel-sized container of talcum/baby powder. Sprinkle some into your socks (no matter what type of socks) and in the bottom of your boots. It will help absorb moisture and keeps bacteria growth at bay - which causes stinky feet. It will also keep fungal growth at bay so you don't develop "athlete's foot". At the end of the day (before going to sleep) sprinkle a bit more powder into the boots to absorb the moisture from that day's walking. It helps keep your boots smelling fresher too.

Another hint that will work for both you and Heather (and most women traveling to hotter climes), sprinkle a bit of talcum in your bras before putting them on in the morning. Again, it helps control moisture and keeps prickly heat to a minimum. I develop prickly heat during our summer months and suspected our visit to Panama would be painful. The talc worked well. (Okay, so you may have a bit of talc residue in particular places - but well worth not having prickly heat.) Basically, wherever skin rubs against itself, use the powder.

Isa now returns this thread to it's originally scheduled topic of under crackers! (I love that term!)

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

Thanks for the tips G !!! I suffer really badly with prickly heat so that'll help me, ;)

question though...i also get it really badly on my face, i've tried various prescribed creams but i always end up the same, a scabby face (kind of from the nose down....)... any ideas ??

heading off to start stocking up on baby powder..

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Rraven

Thanks for the tips G !!! I suffer really badly with prickly heat so that'll help me, ;)

question though...i also get it really badly on my face, i've tried various prescribed creams but i always end up the same, a scabby face (kind of from the nose down....)... any ideas ??

heading off to start stocking up on baby powder..

The prescription creams are usually a drying agent which does help the prickly heat rash but also dries out the skin, creating that "scabbiness". (Similar to acne creams.) Most physicians will recommend anti-histamines to help but my experience (and those of others I have just read) basically state anti-histamines do not work. I haven't found them useful, that's for sure.

A few things that do seem to help and keep the skin (and rash) from dying so badly are the acne cleansing pads (ie: StriDex Acne Medicated Sensitive Skin Pads) and aloe vera cream of gel. I'm not sure if you can find StriDex in Dublin, but I'm sure there has to be an equivalent. Use the pads to cleanse your face in the evening, let it dry, then apply the aloe. If you can get fresh aloe (since you'll be in SA), all the better. Also recommended is calamine lotion. The problem there - it ususally is a sickly color of putty and a residue remains on the skin. But, cleansing your face and applying the calamine when going to bed might be a good solution. Just rinse your face with cool water in the morning to remove the residue. There may be newer calamine products that don't leave a residue. Avoid using regular bar soaps on affected areas. They cause more irritation.

Prickly heat is a rash caused by perspiration (moisture) and creates a clogging of the pores which in turn causes the development of the itching bumpy rash. It's most likely to develop under the breasts, inner thighs and underarms. But, if you have sensitive skin or are fair-skinned, it will appear anywhere and everywhere. Keeping the affected area as dry as possibe (there's where baby powder comes in handy) and the pores clear (StriDex pads), it should decrease the chances of developing it. Direct exposure to the sun is also a trigger. Use a quality sunscreen during the day, but shower (when possible) before going to bed to remove the sunscreen for a few hours. The chemicals found in most products are irritating to the rash. Shower with cool water and apply the aloe vera to keep the cooling action going. Aloe will also work as a moisturizer and has mild anti-bacterial properties. Though not common, those with severe prickly heat have a tendency to develop mild skin infections because the blisters will open. Sounds gross, I know, but it's a good reason to keep an area as dry as possible.

Hope that helps! ;)

Now, back to under crackers! Hee hee hee!

17. Posted by alisonkf (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

From Alisonkf

Re lots of lnickers; unless you wear ridiculous bits of string, in which case you can pack a dozen pairs, use panty liners to make a pair last two days -or three unlesss you are in a hot place. Of course this indicates proper knickers with a gusset. Some liners are impregnated wth perfumedodour controllers which makes you feel fresher. Pack a few in a purse to change frequently.
Also, the best for washing is a tube of special travel wash which works in cold or even salt water.

18. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

OK. I have to disagree. This is definatly a ladies thread now....

I would say, pantyliners can never be a replacement for clean bits in clean knickers. I would also not recommend them in a hot place. Anything that makes you unnaturally warm and sweaty down there is not healthy. thinking about, erm yeast problems and so on, you need a bit of ventilation!

The thong/big knicker debate could go on forever. I think cotton is the main thing. Panty liners still take up some space and are not always environmentally v good. Ok so your soap may not be biodegradable, but clean knickers are a must surely?

Clara

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 15, 2006 4:28 PM by Clarabell ]

19. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

I can see the point of the panty liner thing if you were camping or hauling a back pack around - lm luck enough my case will go to a B&B/hostel for minimum 2 nights and then move on.

I think l would rather turn the under crackers inside out than use a pantie liner - and perfumed ones can cause us sensitive souls irration which can lead to untold discomfort!

I really couldnt cope with out clean undies - l could change them about 3 times (it has been known!) in a day easily!

I always go for the string variety (they ARE comfy if worn properly and the right size!) VPL (Visible Pant Line) just not a good thing!

20. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I'm with you on the strings - I hate those granny two-cheek covers. It's like wearing another pair of pants (as in trousers). Plus that VPL is a no-no! Ever see those women in tight white pants and granny unders? Run for the hills! I'd still pick a lycra mix over cotton, especially since the latter is designed to make you warmer in the heat and colder in the cold. Plus they stay wet foreverer and ever - not god if you're sweating or waiting for them to dry...