Being well prepared is a good first step for a carefree holiday! To help you get ready for your vacation, our sponsors at Coloplast have gathered some information and a few tips for you in this article.
These are general guidelines meant to help with a few commonly asked questions. You should always follow the specific instructions given by your healthcare provider.
Before going away
Order extra products and order them well in advance. That way, you’ll be sure you have enough products in time for your trip. It’s a good idea to order some compact catheters to bring along. Compact catheters have three main advantages when you’re on-the-go:
- Compact catheters are pre-lubricated and ready to use. This also reduces the chances of bacteria and thus UTIs (compared to non-lubricated catheters).
- They’re discreet and clean. You can toss them in the trash or keep them in your pocket after usage.
- They can hide in plain sight!
Pack a kit with all the supplies you may need on-the-go. This could include a list of your products written down with you, just in case. Taking a picture of them to have with you on your phone may also be a good idea.
When booking your ticket, it might be a good idea to book a seat near the bathrooms as being closer to a toilet may help ease your mind. That way, you have easy access if you need it.
On the way
Keep in mind that temperature has an impact on your products, so think about how this might affect your packing plans. If applicable, keep some supplies in the glove compartment in your car and/or bring some in your carry-on luggage if travelling by plane.
We recommend that you always store your products at room temperature. Be aware that the colder the catheter is stored the stiffer it will feel, so it may be a good idea to warm the catheter while it is still contained in the package with your hands prior to opening. If you are using a urine bag and are spending time in a warmer climate, be aware that the male external catheter may stay on shorter than usual as you will be producing more sweat.
Plan your visits to the bathroom. If you’re travelling by airplane, catheterize as close to boarding as possible. Try to plan all other bathroom visits during your stay, allowing time before or after an event. Set a watch or phone alarm if you’re worried that you might forget!
It’s important that you always bring more catheters than you are used to, just in case.
At your destination
Be sure to stay hydrated! When you travel in hot climates, you risk becoming dehydrated. Most people should aim to drink 1.5-2 liters of water per day unless your healthcare provides says otherwise. When it’s hot outside, you need to drink even more water.
It may be a good idea to avoid too much alcohol, caffeine, and sweet drinks, as they increase your chance of getting dehydrated.
If you’re not sure about the quality of the tap water, keep in mind:
- Use bottled water to brush your teeth
- Order drinks without ice
- Don’t eat raw fruits or vegetables washed in tap water
How do you know if you’ve consumed enough water? One way to gauge your hydration level is to look at the colour of your urine. If you’re well-hydrated, it will probably be pale, and you’ll urinate regularly throughout the day.
In case of emergency
It is worthwhile to find out in advance where and how you can get medical assistance at your travel destination. If you’re going on a longer trip, you should check whether it is possible to get the supplies you need locally. Your regular supplier might even arrange delivery abroad for you – just make sure to ask well in advance!
Travelling should be a fun and exciting experience. With a little extra preparation and planning, you can have a worry-free vacation!
Note: Content sponsored by Coloplast. This is general information. You should always follow the specific instructions provided by your local health authorities.