Regardless of whether you’re packing a carry-on bag, backpack, or purse, it’s what's inside that counts when it comes to traveling as an ostomate. So we put together this list of must-pack items that are small enough to bring with you anywhere. With these ten ostomy essentials, you’ll be prepared for almost anything. Have a great trip!
1. Safe N Simple Assure C Odor Eliminator
Assure C by Safe N Simple is a clear liquid odor eliminator that also contains a lubricant to make it easier when emptying your pouch. It's available in convenient 1/4-ounce sachets so you can always bring them with you, every time, no matter where.
2. Nu-Hope Cloth Pouch Cover
These ostomy pouch covers by Nu-Hope Laboratories are soft and durable. The poly-cotton blend fabric gently protects skin from perspiration and chafing, while helping to conceal noises. They're easy to slip on and off, and even easier to pack.
3. Coloplast Brava Elastic Barrier Strips
Brava® barrier strips are designed to prevent the edges of the skin barrier from lifting and rolling. They're elastic to follow body contours and skin-friendly to help absorb moisture. The thin C-shaped strips are simple to apply and are easily stowed away when not in use.
4. Covidien Curity Sterile Gauze Sponges
Gauze can be used for cleaning, packing, and covering a variety of wounds. Made from 100 percent ring spun cotton and latex-free, these 8-ply sterile gauze sponges are individually wrapped in peel-back packaging to keep them neat and hygienic in your carry-on bag, backpack or purse.
5. Osto-EZ-Vent Air Release Device
The Osto-EZ-Vent® assists with quick venting for when you need to release excess air from your ostomy pouch. This innovative device is EZ to install and EZ to use anywhere. Have less bother and feel more secure when you’re traveling.
6. ConvaTec AllKare Protective Barrier Wipes
Help protect parastomal skin from irritation with ConvaTec AllKare Protective Barrier Wipes. Individually wrapped for no-hassle use, they are the perfect grab-and-go adhesive wipe for ostomates who gotta go, go, go.
7. Trio Silvex Silicone Ostomy Seal
These singly wrapped, soft silicone gel ostomy seals provide instant adhesion and moldable custom fit. They’re lightweight too. When traveling, packing light is as important as packing smart.
8. Hollister Premier One-Piece Pre-Cut Drainable Pouch
A one-piece, drainable pouching system is a convenience when traveling. The integrated Lock 'n Roll microseal closure means no carrying (or forgetting) clips. Get a pre-sized opening so you’re ready to change on the go.
9. Sterling BouDe To-Go Wipes
Sterling BouDe To-Go Wipes contain soothing aloe and are paraben-free, fragrance-free, and alcohol-free. The handy singles are biodegradable and dissolve in minutes, so sewer and septic systems remain clog-free.
10. Parthenon Par-SORB Absorbent Gel Packets
When Par-SORB is placed inside the pouch, it transforms liquid output into a semi-solid gel for easier emptying and reduced sloshing noises. They're ready for use in travel-size packets, so you can take Par-SORB with you wherever you go.
OSTOMY TIP: always check the TSA travel checklist guidelines on what you can bring. Planning ahead and packing properly can facilitate the security screening process and ease your travel experience at the airport.
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