Travelling With Ostomy

Travelling With Ostomy

There are a lot of things one has to be careful of while travelling. Go through the following list for complete information:

  • Pre-cut all pouches at home, to avoid carrying scissors with you.
  • Pack ostomy supplies in both carry-on and checked luggage.
  • Carry extra supplies in case you are stranded and supplies are not available.
  • Also carry a statement from your physician that states that you need ostomy supplies might. Also a statement advocating a private area in case of an extended search.
  • If you travel to a foreign country it is recommended to have critical ostomy information written in their language. One of the 70 member associations of the International Ostomy Association (IOA) may be of help with this translation as well as with locating supplies while visiting their country.

Carrying a Scissors – In domestic flights within the United States, you are allowed to carry scissors in your carry-on luggage, as long as the cutting edge is shorter than 4 inches. Initially, after Sept 11, 2001, pointed metal scissors were banned from carry-on luggage worldwide. In the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared in December 2005 that scissors with cutting edges up to 4 inches are allowed. Meanwhile, if you travel outside the U.S., you may face more severe restrictions on carrying scissors. Some countries allow regulated sized scissors while other countries may prohibit scissors in carry-on entirely. So, if you’re traveling internationally, unless you’re sure of the rules in the countries you’ll be flying through, it’s best to avoid scissors in your carry-on (you can always pack scissors in your checked luggage).

Carrying Liquids and Gels – According to the rules, items such as liquids, gels or aerosols must be carried in containers smaller than 100 mL (3.4 ounces), and you can carry only as many of these as fit comfortably into a single one-quart (one-liter) zip-top clear plastic bag. These rules are generally enforced worldwide. The most important ostomy supplies, such as pouches and barriers, are not liquids, gels or aerosols, so as they aren’t subject to these rules  you can carry as many as you want in your carry-on. But some related ostomy products do fall into the liquid-gel-aerosol category. If you need to carry a few of these on the airplane, it’s usually easy to fit them into your zip-top plastic bag to comply with rules. If you need more of them, you can pack as many as you want in your checked luggage. Larger quantities of liquids-gels-aerosols which are medically necessary and must be carried on board the plane are allowable, but must be declared at the security checkpoint and require additional screening.


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