Your colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy doesn't have to prevent you from travelling.

Travelling often involves additional planning and preparation for ostomates, even more so when your travel involves an extended stay away from home. Let us help you keep surprises to a minimum while travelling, so that you can simply enjoy your stay.

We hope these tips will make travelling with a stoma easier for you.

To travel is to live

Stoma tips

applying barrier Warm climate and sunscreen affects the adhesive Warm climate and sunscreen can affect the adhesion, but help is here - there are a few things you can do to make the barrier stick better. Tips and tricks for good adhesion
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Tips and tricks for good adhesion

Warm climate

If the climate is warm enough to make you perspire more than usual, the barrier might lose adhesion and you may need to change your pouch more frequently.

Make sure your skin is completely dry before you apply a new barrier for good adhesion. It can be a bit tricky if the weather is very hot and humid – if drying your skin is difficult, you can use a hairdryer on low heat to dry the area (but be careful that it does not get too hot and keep it away from the stoma itself).

Sun lotion

Apply sunscreen after you put on your barrier, as the lotion could affect the baseplate and make it harder to stick. 

Storage

We recommend that your supplies are stored in a cool place – do not leave your ostomy products e.g. in the car for long periods during hot weather, since the heat may damage the adhesion.

Talk to your stoma nurse – and get the products you need

When spending time in a warmer climate you might need a few more products than usually.

For some people who experience issues with the edges of the baseplate lifting or rolling, Brava® Elastic Tape can be very helpful. Some worry more about odour, where a deodorant which neutralizes odour can be a possible solution. Or try the Brava® Protective Seal, designed to protect against leakage under the baseplate. 

 

 

It is always a good idea to talk to your stoma nurse before going if you have any questions. You are also welcome to contact one of our call specialists at 0800 783 1434.

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Swimming with an ostomy What to think about when swimming Going swimming can be a big thing when you have an ostomy – what to wear? Will the barrier stick? Read a few tips here. Tips for beach wear and swimming
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Tips for beach wear and swimming

What should you wear for the beach - and swimwear?

The most important is that you wear something that makes you feel comfortable. Some people do not mind showing their bag when going to the beach, whereas some prefer covering up. Do what makes you feel the best. Unfortunately, buying specialty swimwear is no guarantee of a good fit. On the other hand, you might be able to find regular swimwear that fits your need perfectly. 

On the beach, a sarong or wrap can be a great way to gracefully cover up without feeling out of place.

And if you would like to wear a bikini – you should do so.

Swimming

Always make sure that the barrier sticks properly before going swimming – give it some time after applying. Pay attention as the water can impact the adhesion, so make sure to check your product more frequently and change if needed. For some people it can be helpful to use supporting products when going swimming – the Brava® Protective Seal is designed to protect against leakage and improves the appliance fit by creating a seal between the stoma and baseplate. If it’s the edges not sticking properly Brava® Elastic Tape can be a possible solution.

 

It is always a good idea to talk to your stoma nurse before going if you have any questions. You are also welcome to contact one of our call specialists at 0800 783 1434.

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screen with flight overview Travelling by plane with an ostomy You may have some concerns if you are travelling by plane – what do you do in the security check? Can the bag explode under air pressure? Or what about noises? Tips for flying
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Tips for flying

Before you go

When booking your ticket: it might be a good idea to book a seat near the toilet as it might help take away some of your concerns and make you feel more confident as well.

You can bring as much as you can in your hand luggage within the requirements of the airline, but since you will not be allowed to bring scissors in your hand luggage we recommend that you cut all your baseplates to the right size before you fly.

Going through security

The security scanner might detect your pouch, but you do not have to show your pouch, and security should not ask you to remove clothing to expose it or let them touch it. You may be asked to rub your hand against the pouch on the outside of your clothes, but that should be the extent of the examination. You can always show them your travel certificate, which explains your condition, the medical supplies you are carrying and why you might need support and privacy.

In the air

There is a slight risk that the pressure will cause the pouch to balloon. If this should happen all you need to do is go into the bathroom and take out the air. And remember that just as often ballooning is caused by something you ate or drank – so when you're flying be extra careful with carbonated drinks. If you are a little self-conscious about noise from the pouch, you will be pleasantly surprised by how noisy an airplane cabin is.

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Disclaimer

These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider.

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