On top of all the normal precautions, like making sure your travel documents are in order, take copies of important documents with you in case the originals get lost or stolen.
The ostomate needs to remember to:
- Pack sufficient supplies for your stay. At least twice the normal usage at home.
- Take all supplies and travel stoma kit as hand luggage.
- Ask the airline in advance if you need extra hand baggage for your supplies.
- Avoid food and drink that are likely to cause upset or excessive wind the day before you travel.
- Pack all your normal medications and any that may help an upset stomach.
- Pack some form of electrolyte replacement solution in case you become dehydrated.
- Drink bottled water, avoid ice in drinks and use boiled or bottled water to clean around your stoma, and to irrigate in countries where water could be contaminated.
- Store your supplies in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.
- ‘Check in’ online 24 hours before departure to secure your preferred seat.
At the Airport remember:
- You can request not to go through a body scanner but if you do, you WILL be subjected to a full search.
- Most UK airports now operate a hidden conditions lanyard or bracelet scheme. These are available from assistance reception areas. Wearing them identifies you to staff as having additional needs.
- If you need assistance on your flight you should advise your airline at least 48 hours before your departure date.
- You should AVOID requesting the presence of a healthcare professional if you are searched. Airports do not generally have such staff on standby and the likelihood is that you will miss your flight.
- You can only take more than 100ml of liquids in your hand luggage if there is a prescription label on said item.
- You should expect to be treated the same as everyone else. Having a stoma does not exclude you from any security checks.