Traveling With An Ostomy Bag
Medically Edited and Reviewed by Dr. Erin Zinkhan MD, BSBE
Here are some important tips to ensure a hassle free and comfortable traveling experience.
You will not be allowed to carry a pair of scissors during travel. Therefore, it is important that you prepare your ostomy bags beforehand. Make sure that you pre-cut all the ostomy pouch bags while at home. It will be difficult for you to prepare your ostomy bag on a plane if you do not have scissors.
Be Packed And Ready With Ostomy Supplies
Make sure that you have extra ostomy supplies for your trip. Pack these supplies in both in your carry-on luggage and in your checked luggage. Never pack the supplies in only one place.
Keep Your Ostomy Prescription At Hand
It is a good idea to have a written prescription for your ostomy supplies from your physician with you at all times while travelling. Also, ask your doctor to write a medical necessity statement that advocates for the use of a private area or room in case of an extended search in the airport.
Have Medical Details In A Foreign Language
When you travel to a foreign country, it is suggested that you have all your medical information pertaining to your ostomy translated into the foreign language. You can seek help from the International Ostomy Association for translating the details of your medical information about your ostomy. The International Ostomy Association can also help you procure supplies while in a foreign country.
The book titled "Yes We Can" offers a number of useful tips and traveling advice. This book also has a dictionary of ostomy terms that have been translated into a variety of different languages. You can use such a book to become familiar with the obstacles that you might face and potential solutions while travelling.
The book also contains critical contact information for worldwide ostomy resources and a small statement that outlines the request for a privacy search in 11 different languages
Carry Helpful Equipment Explanatory Material
Another thing you can do is to keep the instructions for your personal care products with you. You can carry copies of the equipment instruction pages to make it easier to explain how to use your different personal care items to security authorities, if needed.
Carrying instruction material with you will help to prove your need for those products and inform the security personnel of your need for the equipment. You may be able to avoid lengthy discussions and long hassles that can be a part of the search procedure.
By following these tips, you are more likely to have a hassle free, comfortable, and enjoyable trip without worrying that your ostomy bag will be bothersome in your travel adventures.