Travel with an ostomy bag

Traveling with an ostomy pouch can be a daunting prospect, but it’s much easier than you think as long as you’re prepared and armed with the right information. If you’re flying for the first time since receiving your stoma, you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what kind of items you need to take when traveling to manage your condition. There’s no reason why having a stoma should prevent you from traveling abroad – the key is to make sure you have the essentials you need to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable trip. 

Things To Remember When Traveling With A Colostomy Bag

Travel Bag Essentials

You travel bag should include the essentials needed to properly care for your ostomy pouch while you’re on the move. You should take spare ostomy pouches, hand cleansing wipes, dry wipes, disposal bags, anti-diarrhoea tablets and any other accessories you may like to use, such as an antibacterial wash or deodorizer spray. Pack these essentials into a discreet travel bag that you can take to the washroom with ease, and perhaps consider traveling with a drainable ostomy pouch so that you don’t have to dispose of your pouch whilst on the move. It’s advised that you take more than enough supplies to last your trip, and make sure to take spares in your carry-on bag just in case your luggage gets lost.

Flying & Airport Regulations

If you’re flying, be careful that you don’t take any restricted items in your carry on. For example, you may not be allowed to travel with scissors on a plane (depending on where you’re traveling to) so it’s advised to pre-cut your ostomy pouches at home or check with the airline in advance. While the air pressure in the cabin won’t affect your ostomy, be aware that certain foods may upset your stomach and cause gas or odor.

Medical Documents

It’s a good idea to carry copies of your medical documents and travel certificates, which should ideally be printed in other languages if you’re traveling to a non-English speaking country. This will help if you need to seek medical attention whilst traveling or need to source supplies. A travel certificate will explain about your stoma and outline the ostomy pouch supplies that you need, which may be required at the security gate.

If you’re still unsure about the essentials to take with you on your travels, speak to your ostomy nurse or care advisor who will be able to recommend the items you need to ensure a comfortable trip with your stoma.

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For more travel tips, check out the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.’s article.