A dietary strategy that is defensive (and nutritious)

The diet that works for you at home should dictate your meal plans while travelling. Don’t become a victim of circumstances. Take packable dry foods, like oatmeal and nutrition bars and packets of salt and electrolyte supplements. Bring a cooler and cool packs and a knife for peeling fruits. Take portable utensils and disposable dishes.

Consume bottled water only, including for mouth rinsing, and avoid ice cubes. Do not take risks with street vendor foods. Locate supermarkets where you can buy your next fresh meal. Book a room or suite where cooking facilities are available. You’ll save money and reduce your risks.

Avoid or limit your use of fast food restaurants to the rare safe options. Never eat from a buffet service. In restaurants, ask if they will do special orders to conform to your dietary needs, before you sit down. Call or visit in advance. If you travel by air overseas, order a special meal when you book that best suits you. Be sure to carry your daily supplements and do not deviate from that routine.

Rx for Successful Traveling

Your medications are a key to maintaining your health in IBD. Have a fail-safe plan. Bring all medications in original containers. Create a list of all of them to carry on hard copy and in your portable computer device, if you have one. If you are travelling outside the US, get the names by which they are known in those countries. CCFA’s website has a page dedicated to this information (see the list at right), or ask your pharmacist. Include names on a master list. Do the same with any OTC products that you use, based on your doctor’s advice. If you take a medication that requires injections or infusions, discuss your travel schedule with your physician to be sure you are optimally medicated for the duration of your journey.

 

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