Stoma supplies for travelling
Having a stoma should not prevent you from planning trips abroad – the key is to make sure you plan ahead and take enough supplies. SecuriCare can provide you with a complimentary travel pack if you use our home delivery service. Your travel bag should probably include the following:
- Dry wipes or swabs
- Cleansing wipes (for hands: these should not be used on the stoma itself)
- Anti-diarrhoea tablets and re-hydration tablets
- Disposal bags
- Travel certificate (see below for our downloadable PDF version)
- Accessories that can help when travelling include deodorant, motion management sachets and antibacterial cleanser.
It might be best to take these supplies in your hand luggage, so that if your hold luggage gets lost you still have what you need.
It is a good idea to take double the quantity of your normal supplies so that you don’t run out of anything. If you normally wear closed pouches, you might want to get some drainable ones as well as you can empty them more easily, or in case you have an upset stomach.
General travel tips
- Drink plenty of bottled water especially in hot weather.
- Do not take ice with your drinks unless made with bottled water.
- If you are worried about the effect of heat on your pouches, take a cool bag to protect your supplies.
- You may want to take some drainable stoma bags, if not already using one, so you can empty it easily when travelling or in case of an upset tummy
- Some airlines will let you take an extra 5kgs luggage – check with them if you are eligible.
- Take a travel certificate with you. These can usually be obtained from your stoma nurse or your home delivery company and they contain information about your stoma in different languages.
For downloadable stoma-friendly travel advice and a Travel Certificate that you can print off and take with you, simply click on our Travel PDF documents below:
For temporary visits to European countries you can obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which entitles you to reduced or sometimes free medical care.
For more information call 0845 606 2030 or go to www.ehic.org.uk.
Recommended Insurance Companies are:-
- Age Concern - 0845 601 2234
- Chartwell - 0800 6524652
- Direct Travel - 01903 812345
- Free Spirit Pulse - 0870 990 9292
- For practical advice on what to do when you’re flying, click here.
- For advice on how to make your car journey easier, click here.