Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is hard enough but imagine what traveling with this condition would be like! It’s certainly not going to be a walk in the park, but that doesn’t mean you should let IBD interfere with your travel plans.
Here’s how to survive travel with Inflammatory Bowel Disease:
- When traveling by air: This is the easiest way to travel if you have IBD. All you must do is state you require an aisle seat because of your medical condition and ask the flight attendant for any kind of assistance that you might need.
- When traveling by land: The advantage of a road trip is you can stop any time you want to. When selecting your route, choose the one that has the most rest stops with bathrooms. You might also want to carry a portable toilet with you to be on the safe side.
- Watch out for Traveler’s Diarrhea: One out of three Americans suffer from Travelers Diarrhea when visiting less developed countries. If you have IBD, you should be extra cautious about drinking only bottled water and eating hygienically prepared food (No eating from vendor carts).
- Carry all your medications: If you are on medications for your condition, don’t forget to take them along for the trip. When traveling by air, your medications should be part of your carry-on luggage. You should also ask your doctor whether you need to vary the timing of your medication depending on the different time zones you are traveling to.
- Always keep an emergency kit with you: Your emergency kit should contain everything you need for an unexpected toilet stop. This would include extra clothes, wet wipes, and toilet paper.
Before embarking on your journey, it might also be a good idea to visit your doctor or gastroenterologist for an evaluation and any further recommendations that might benefit to your specific type of inflammatory bowel disease.
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