I had my first renal transplant in 1987 and the second in 2000. Both were living donors – my wife (course we couldn't legally be married back then) gave me one of hers and it lasted 11 years. My son gave me one of his and we're 19 years out this Dec. Both of them are healthy and living good lives. For that matter, I am too!
Before I retired, I worked all over the world for the DoD and completely agree about cleaning ones airplane space and anyplace you stay overnight. Cooking your own food worked so well for me, it became a way to meet my colleagues, everyone wanted to eat at my place! I've never had TSA or an international inspector ask about my medications in hundreds of flights and border crossings.
Since I've had 8 or more skin cancers removed, including melanoma in situ, your emphasis on sunscreens is right on target. Even though new evidence points to some US sunscreen ingredients being well detectable in the blood (and banned in Europe), the trade off is severe for post-transplant patients; skin cancer is not something to be trifled with! I also use physical barriers – UPF 50 hat, shirts and pants provide great protection.
The biggest issue I think post-transplant patients face when traveling is WATER. We travel in our RV and disinfect our water tank 2x a year and have a water filtration system that removes clostridium, bacteria, cryptosporidium and a host of other nasties. When I traveled for the DoD, I carried a very high quality water filter and hooked it up to the sink in the bathroom or kitchenette. No matter that the filter was in the bathroom, disinfecting wipes kept the spout clean and I was assured of safe water.
Now days, I am confident about water and food – we have a great kitchen in the RV and love to turn out incredible meals. First aid is always an issue for me, though. My skin is fragile after 30+ years on prednisone and it seems to tear so easily. I have become queen of bandaging and carry a first aid kit in my backpack. My dermatologist wrote an RX for antibiotic cream to use if anything turns red.
Thanks for giving us a forum. Breathe, Lizzy