A number of our Aura Flushable users are keen travellers and for them, ‘freedom’ means the ability to see the world. Travelling can be daunting for many people with a stoma. Here are some tips to ease your concerns:

  • Make sure to pack enough supplies. Running out in a foreign country could prove problematic and expensive.
  • Anti-sickness medication for upset stomachs can also help to slow down your output and prevent dehydration.
  • Hot weather can sometimes affect the adhesive on pouches. Consider the use of flange extenders and more frequent changes.
  • Most delivery companies offer travel bags and travel certificates (complimentary with SecuriCare) which explains in several different languages what your stoma is and why you are carrying extra supplies.
 Of course, finding the right pouch can also be the key to opening up a whole new world of potential travel opportunities. Vicki relies on her Aura Flushable colostomy pouch every time she goes abroad.“When I travel, which I do an awful lot, the flushables are brilliant. I’ve been to Australia, Doha, all kinds of places, and used them in lots of different toilets including beach side shacks! Also, you’ll appreciate that when you are eating different foods in any country, a different culture it doesn’t always agree with you. You can get tummy problems and you might find that there isn’t a bin, but with the flushable, you are fine changing it in any restaurant anywhere!” Helen enjoys her holidays a lot more now that she uses the Aura Flushable colostomy pouch.
“I always think, yes I’ll go for it, and if something happens I will cope with it. I’ve been on a barge, I’ve been on a boat in Ibiza, you’ve just got to get on and live your life.”
Michel feels that his Flushable pouch is more discreet.
“As far as I’m concerned, when I travel I don’t need to think about it. I do not worry about it, whatever I do, wherever I travel, wherever I want to go, there is absolutely no problem, no limitation.”
As Vicki says,
“It’s such a shame that so many people with colostomy bags feel that they have lost their freedom. Lots of people think their life has been reduced to sitting in the house, not going anywhere, not visiting people, but it doesn’t have to be like that.”
Nancy is thinking about travelling for the first time since getting her Aura Flushable and has just applied for her passport. She told us,
“I got my passport and then I bottled out because I felt scared, and then I read in the Tidings magazine about a chap and he’d been all over the world, and I thought, well if he’s done it, I can, so I do think I will try it! I will just whizz away and chance it, taking my flushable pouches with me!”