Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday time is here again with Schools finishing for the 6 week summer break, listed below you will find some useful Travel tips.

  • You should ensure you have you European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and that it has not expired, and also valid travel insurance for your trip. There are many companies that will provide travel insurance for Pre Existing Medical Conditions, Normally this insurance will cost you a little more than normal travel insurance, and is worth being truthful when completing the application form as if in the unlikely event you need to use your insurance you need to know the cover is correct and not leave you with a large bill for medical services.
  • Carry all your stoma supplies in your hand luggage just in case a suitcase goes missing. (Some airlines will allow you an extra 5 – 10kg of hand luggage if you are carrying essential medical supplies, check with the airline as they all have different rules).
  • Take with you twice the number of appliances you would normally use in the period you are away as international food could cause your stoma to act differently, plus a few extra in case of emergency (i.e. ash cloud delays).
  • Fittleworth offer a service called “World Assist Alliance” to their customers for the emergency supply of ostomy products while you are outside of the UK. This service is available if you have had your Prescription fulfilled by Fittleworth for at least 3 months prior to your travel. By special agreement between Fittleworth and Stomawise, you can email for a code and then contact Fittleworth on 0800 378 846 with the code. You will then only need to have placed one order prior to your journey, to be covered by World Assist Alliance.
  • If you cut your own appliances, pre-cut several for the journey as scissors if you are flying will have to be put in your main suitcase (not within hand luggage).
  • If you are flying it’s a good idea to make yourself a emergency kit in a small bag that you can discreetly take to the toilet with you in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a travel certificate certified by your doctor so if stopped by security staff out of the UK, the travel certificate can talk for you and explain your condition. Find out more.

  • Remember before going through airport security to empty your pouch as the body scanners will not show as much if the pouch is empty.
  • It is a good idea to use an isle seat on the aircraft as it is easer to get up and make your way to the toilet together with access to the overhead lockers.
  • If you normally use a closed pouch, it can be a good idea for the duration of your journey to use a drainable pouch for ease during the journey.
  • Drink plenty of water during the flight especially if you have an ileostomy as it is very easy to dehydrate during a flight.

  • Find a cool area out of direct sunlight and excessive heat in your room to store your appliances as direct sunlight on them can damage the adhesive properties of the skin barriers. A good idea is to use a cool bag that you would normally store drinks in to store your supplies, in or even the room’s safe if their is one as they are normally quite cool.
  • You may find it more comfortable to use a pouch cover over your pouch in hot climates as a layer of cotton between the pouch and your skin will help stop the pouch sticking to your skin in humid climates. Find Out More.
  • If you are going out on day trips it’s a good idea to pre cut a pouch / back plate and take the emergency kit you had for the outward journey with you in case of accidents or mishaps.
  • Swimwear is available for ostomates, for the gents they are basically a long short with an internal pocket to support the pouch, for the Ladies Vanilla Blush do several ladies swimming costumes that have a short skirt with two cords at the sides that will allow you to ruffle up the skirt over the stomach area to hide the pouch, they also have an internal pocket to support the pouch.
  • Always drink plenty of bottled water to avoid dehydration if you do become dehydrated sports drinks and coke are the best drinks to help re-hydrate you.
  • Take some Imodium or other anti-diarrhoea medication with you in case of an upset tummy or watery output to help control your output. If you do suffer from the above drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Make sure when having drinks with ice, the ice is made from bottled water and avoid spicy food and alcohol if your tummy is upset.