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An ostomy doesn’t have to keep you from fully enjoying every minute of your vacation or holiday away from home. Here are some practical tips to ensure a great time.
Once you’ve arrived at your travel destination, it’s time to kick back and relax. Yes, you can fully enjoy the local activities, such as beach time, even though you have had ostomy surgery. Just keep these few practical things in mind.
You followed some smart packing tips and have everything you need. If staying with friends or family, when you feel it’s appropriate, tell them briefly about your stoma and bathroom needs. You may be surprised at how understanding they are. At hotels, make sure you have easy access to the bathroom with ample room so you can change your pouch conveniently, and at your own pace.
Hot climates and dehydration
If your destination is in a hot climate, your chances of experiencing dehydration increase. Here are a few tips:
Fun in the sun
When you are on a holiday or vacation, you want to relax and enjoy yourself. That means being able to wear what you like. Here are a few tips:
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