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Special Travel Considerations by Stoma Type

Traveling with a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy? Learn about special travel considerations for your ostomy type so you can be worry-free.

Special Travel Considerations by Stoma Type

Learn about special travel considerations for your ostomy type.

When traveling, you need to pay special attention to your unique needs, issues, and potential hazards. These can vary by surgery type. Below are some important things to consider for a safe, comfortable, and trouble-free trip. 

Travel with an ileostomy 

Dehydration is one of the biggest problem to avoid. Here are a few tips:

  • It’s easy to get dehydrated very quickly in hot climates. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to remain well hydrated. 
  • Dry airplane cabin air can cause dehydration, particularly on long flights. Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
  • Enjoy yourself, but drink in moderation.  
  • If you begin to feel ill, seek medical attention immediately.


Travel with a colostomy 

Gas can be an issue, even with small changes in routine. A change in airplane cabin pressure could cause it. Or eating unfamiliar locale cuisine can trigger it. If you have  a colostomy, you can minimize gas by: 

  • Avoiding foods that can cause gas
  • Staying away from carbonated drinks
  • Eating slowly and chewing your food
  • Trying not to swallow air 
  • If you begin to feel ill, seek medical attention immediately.


You can also use a pouch with a filter. These have a small vent that deodorizes and slowly releases gas, while also absorbing odor. 

Travel with a urostomy 

Consider these important tips:

  • If you will be in a hot climate, remember to drink plenty of fluids. You need to maintain your usual urine flow and keep your system flushed. 
  • Be sure to maintain skin care around the stoma, especially in warm weather. If you begin to feel ill, seek medical attention immediately. 
  • Bring an overnight drainage bag, or leg bag. This is especially useful if there’s a long period of time when you can’t empty your pouch.

View or print the full PDF booklet: Living with an Ostomy: Travel.


The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.