Location, Location, Location(of bathrooms!)

Most patients with IBD have memorized the map of restrooms related to their daily routines. Treat travel time with the same respect. When booking a reserved seat, fi nd out where the closest lavatory is and book one in close proximity. When mapping a road trip, consult AAA or other trip planning guides for rest stops with bathrooms. There is more than one route to get almost anywhere. Plan

one that has more off-road stops with public restrooms. Remember, the scenic route may well be one that does not have the amenities of civilization that you require as a patient.

Always travel with your own toilet paper, soothing wipes, ointments and changes of underwear and extra clothes. Keep hand sanitizer handy in small bottles that can go through airport security, if applicable.

Learning the Lingo—(Toilette, WC,Loo, etc.)

If you are travelling outside of the US,make a point of knowing how to say “toilet” or “bathroom” and “urgent”or “emergency” and “pharmacy” and“doctor” in the local tongue. “Where is” could also help. There are many pocket electronic translators available today that could come in handy or apps for your mobile PC’s or phones.Travel guidebooks usually include a lexicon of local vocabulary with

phonetic pronunciation. In the US, it is helpful to have a CCFA identifi cation card called “I can’t wait,” available to CCFA members, to explain that you do need to be fi rst in line when there is one.

Feeling Secure with Transportation Security

We continue to see innovations in airport screenings to make us all safer.In order to achieve this, we all have had to sacrifi ce some convenience and privacy. If you have an ostomy, alert security personnel. They are trained to anticipate and respond to medical needs in screening travelers. Ostomy supplies are permitted through security checkpoints.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a webpage specifi cally for travelers with medical conditions. Check it out before you embark on air travel; you may need to make a verbal or written declaration of any liquid medication or nutrition supplement in excess of 3.4 ounces or 100ml. Be sure to put medications and essential supplies in your carryon, so you will have them with you at all times. You will be able to purchase water and other beverages after you pass through security to carry onboard. Once you’re prepared, relax, buckle up for safety, and enjoy the road ahead!

 

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