Earlier this year, there was a helpful post about some of the pros of traveling with dreads, but it’s also important to take a look at the opposing side. As with any story, there are two sides to having dreads during travel.
Having dreads should neither spur or inhibit you from traveling. They are there regardless and you should continue to live your life the way you want to. That being said, taking precautions and understanding the pros, cons, and special needs that your dreads have that will need to be dealt with during your travels.
Depending on where you plan to travel, access could be a huge issue. This mostly plays a role in either water, electricity, or stable shelter. Access to water is usually fine and luckily you won’t need to wash your dreads often, but on the other side of that, you will need to plan your washes very carefully.
Depending on the washing pattern you use, the lack of access to either electricity or stable shelter can cause problems. For example, if you enjoy hiking and plan to go for three weeks in the backcountry, you will have plenty of access to water, clean and not, but you won’t have access to electricity to use a hair dryer for quick drying and you might not even be in a place warm enough to dry your dreads fully.
In addition to access, planning will help in that regard. By planning at least one or two days during your vacation where you can get a good wash and a long stress-free drying session will be imperative to keep your dreads healthy, clean, and shiny.
If you go too long between washes they can get oily and a bit dull in color. Likewise, if you try to wash them at every chance you get they might dry out and get frizzier than normal. Plus, ensuring you have the time to fully let your dreads dry before night time or before sleeping on them is another planning element.
Hygiene is the final con of having dreads during travel. As mentioned before, depending on the type of travel you are doing, you want to make sure you have everything you need to maintain clean and healthy dreads.
Some people prefer shampoo bars as opposed to bottles of shampoo when traveling but be sure that you are still using a quality shampoo either way. Mistreating your dreads while you travel with either too much or too little maintenance will cause issues for many months after. Packing extra of the best quality shampoo as you can and ensuring that you have all accessories you might need such as rubber bands, headbands, scarves, and more, will make your trip much better.
Traveling anywhere can be as stressful or as amazing as you plan for it to be. There’s nothing more frustrating than planning a trip and realizing that you aren’t prepared to take care of your hair. Not doing so can ruin a trip for yourself and for others. Being prepared, taking all of the right products and accessories, and doing just a little extra planning will go a long way when it comes to traveling with dreadlocks.