Packing a sweat go bag can make living with hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating much easier. Sweating through your clothes is nerve-wracking and embarrassing, especially when it happens at work or in public. For people who sweat excessively, the fear of potentially sweating through your clothes provokes intense anxiety. Sadly, this fear, may even intensify the likelihood of perspiration.
One of the best ways to alleviate the fear of sweat marks and stains is being prepared for it. We suggest assembling a “sweat preparedness kit.” Just knowing you have the necessary tools to dry off, refresh and prevent sweat leakages relieves some of the fear. In addition to alleviating your apprehension, a sweat go bag also allows you to freshen up mid-day and prevent or treat common skin irritations associated with heavy sweating.
For your sweat preparedness kit, we recommend preparing for 12-15 hours at a time, depending on your commute, your average workday, etc.
People sweat in different areas of the body and in various amounts of volume. Moreover, everybody’s body is unique and may respond to treatments differently, which is why we offer a buffet of suggested products and supplies. We encourage you to select the supplies that work best for you.
Plan for the worst case sweat scenario. Consider a day that has all your sweat triggers: a hot, humid commute; long meetings in close quarters; stuffy office spaces; crowded elevators and subways; whatever makes you sweat.
Now, think about how often you would need to wipe down, freshen up or change your undergarments/outer garments during a 12-15-hour time frame in which most of those scenarios occur.
Once you determine your particular sweat pattern and volume, start adding items to your list.
Create a master list. Start out by thinking about your daily activities at work and during your commute.
Pro Tip: Use a small packing cube to help keep all your items in one place and compact. Using a packing cube makes your kit easily transferrable from your messenger bag to your gym bag. It’s also much less conspicuous carrying to the bathroom. Look for cubes without the peek-a-boo tops for added privacy.
While you may have some of the items already in your house, we recommend that you shop specifically for your kit contents so you don’t diminish your necessary supplies at home.
Depending on your specific sweat-care needs, you may want to shop for:
After you initially pack your sweat preparedness kit, you will want to set up a schedule to replenish it. At the end of the day be sure to remove any wet or soiled items and replenish supplies.
Consider the sample schedule below for restocking your kit.
To ensure the proper upkeep of your kit, replenish any supplies you used during the day. Remove any wet or soiled towels or articles of clothing; and hang to dry before tossing in the laundry basket. To keep your kit smelling fresh, stash a scented dryer sheet in your bag; it will help eliminate any odors from soiled items.
By assembling a sweat go bag, you are actively facing the fear of your worst-case sweat scenario. Only now you get to create a new scenario in which you are armed with the tools you need to immediately respond with confidence.
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