Don’t be concerned about your pouch expanding due to the change in cabin pressure. Stoma pouches have been designed and tested to withstand pressure changes.
Before you travel abroad, check your travel insurance policy to see how your condition and circumstances are covered while away.
In warmer climates, you may perspire more and thus need to change your pouch more frequently. Always make sure your skin is completely dry before applying a new pouch ensure a good secure fit. If necessary, use a hairdryer to dry the area – but be careful not to have the heat setting too hot.
You may also be at increased risk of diarrhoea or dehydration. Drink plenty of water, and take rehydration sachets and medicine to treat diarrhoea, just in case.
Once you are on holiday, remember that you can still do all of the same activities you did before, and relax and enjoy yourself.
- Store stoma pouches in a cool place
- Use bottled drinking water to change your pouch when out and about
- Apply suntan lotion after you’ve put your pouch on, as the creams may affect the adhesive
- Seal and empty used pouches and dispose of them with normal rubbish
- If you feel a bit self-conscious about leaving bags in your hotel room, use public bins
- Before leaving for your vacation, find out where you can get professional healthcare assistance at your destination, just in case.
Find out more about travelling with a stoma