If you’ve been looking to travel, but now you have an ostomy, you may wonder what you need to do when it comes to packing and supplies. Luckily, we’re got it covered.
Here, we’ll highlight all of the packing tips that work with your ostomy lifestyle. It can be a bit hard, but here, we’ll tell you how to do it correctly.
First, you want to divide the items that you have, some to the carry-on, some to the checked luggage. That way, if one of them does end up being lost, you’ll still have supplies. It’s also good to pack double what you’ll need, and if you’re going on cruises, you might want to pack a bit more.
The second thing is to keep calm about this, and carry enough for the short-term in the carry-on. you should have this within reach, and make sure to have them on hand for when you need these. You can put them in a separate travel kit to make it both fast, simple, and incredibly discreet too.
The next tip is to make sure that you have enough barriers cut ahead so that you can use them when you’re on the plane between where you begin, and your destination. Some airlines don’t allow scissors, even in checked bags, so you should make sure to check with the travel agency, and also with he airline to figure out what will work for you, and from there, you should be able to have a better, easier experience as well.
The next thing to do, is to have your supplies stay cool. When you travel by car in warm and humid climates, don’t keep the supplies in your trunk, or even the glove compartment. It’s best to have these in a cooler, and you should also read the storage guidelines. When you get to the destination, look for a spot that’s cool for the supplies, such as the closet in your bathroom near the floor if there is a way to keep the steam out.
Finally, you should make sure you keep this clean. You can use normal items around your house to dispose of the older ostomy pouches, including toilet paper, and having that in your travel kit for wrapping your pouches is essential. You should pack some diaper disposal bags or freezer bags in order to discard this in a simple and discreet manner. You can also pack some moist wipes in order to clean up accidents, or to also sanitize your hands if this isn’t available for you to have on hand.
It can be hard to pack for a trip when you’ve got ostomy bags, but there are a lot of things you can add to your own personal wellness and happiness, and you’ll be able to use this, especially when there isn’t much available, and there is a lot of benefits to be had when you are traveling. Traveling can be hard, and you have to take some special considerations, but with this, you’ll have some smart knowledge on how to travel, and it is also a big part of living with an ostomy as well.