Traveling with a Stoma: What to Pack

Your Travel Packing List

The idea of taking long trips with a stoma can seem daunting. But with a little extra preparation, you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Use the list below to help make packing for your next adventure a little easier.

  • Pack Extra Supplies.

     Make sure you have extra pouches, skin barriers and accessories so you're prepared to change and empty your pouch when needed. If you are flying, be sure to put stoma supplies and a spare change of clothes in your carry-on as well as your checked luggage. 
  • Bring disposable cleansing wipes and disposal bags.

     Sometimes a pouch change may require a little clean up. 
  • Drink up.

     Be sure to pack your refillable water bottle so you can stay hydrated. Nothing slows down a holiday more than dehydration.
  • Traveling to a foreign country?

     It is a good idea to have key questions, such as "where is the bathroom?", written down in the local language. Google Translate is helpful in almost any language.
  • Carry a statement from your healthcare professional stating your need for stoma supplies. 

  • Don't forget to leave your anxiety at home. Travel with confidence. If you have other questions about traveling with your stoma, contact our me+ team for helpful tips, tricks, support and resources. Call 0800 467 866 to speak to someone today, (M-F, 9 AM - 5:00 PM GMT). 
Billie Ritchie

Meet Billie Ritchie

Travelling when you have a urostomy

Before his stoma, Billie would travel without any thought. Whether he needed to get a plane or bus, drive or cycle, it never required much forward thinking. In December 2010, Billie had stoma surgery after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Billie's lifestyle has changed significantly in the last few years, and he now needs to travel more than he did before. After his urostomy, Billie thought it would be difficult to manage travelling. Now, he's developed a few tricks to make it a little easier.


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