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Traveling with a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy? Learn about special travel considerations for your ostomy type so you can be worry-free.
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:
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:
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:
View or print the full PDF booklet: Living with an Ostomy: Travel.
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