How To Travel Happily With Bladder & Bowel Conditions

Originally published on: March 14th, 2018. Last modified on June 10th, 2021

Travelling with bladder and bowel conditions can be a stressful process, and many will simply neglect the opportunity to venture across the world in fear that they won’t have fast access to a toilet.

However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the sight-seeing and fulfilment that others experience when abroad, so we’re here to offer you the best advice for travelling happily with bladder and bowel conditions.

Passport in back pocket

Healthcare Abroad

If you’re a UK citizen travelling in Europe make sure that you’re equipped with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, which is being phased out) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). It’s a great start so that you can seek treatment in the event of a medical emergency. Non UK citizens may need to check eligibility, for more information see the NHS information about Healthcare Abroad.

Take All Medical Documents With You

Before departing you should also ensure you have a letter that explains your medical history and the reasons behind the medication that you take.

Keep your medications in their original packaging when showing them at customs. A written plan that outlines what action should be taken should you seek medical attention should be brought, along with your GP’s number to keep you covered should a worst case scenario arise.

Carry Your Just Can’t Wait Toilet Card

Depending on the country that you decide to visit, you might find that facilities are few and far between, making impromptu visits to the toilet much more difficult. Alternatively, even if there is access to a toilet, crowded shopping centres or tourist attractions are bound to have a queue as long as your arm.

Just Can't Wait Toilet Card

Ensure you have a ‘Just Can’t Wait’ toilet card, as this will explain that you have a genuine condition that requires you to urgently use the toilet. Even in non-English speaking countries, the universally recognised symbols will help you communicate quickly and discreetly.

You can opt for either the plastic card, or our new digital toilet card which is now available for your Smartphone Wallet. Download yours for FREE here.

Be Prepared

In order to travel happily when suffering with bladder or bowel conditions, you’ll need the peace of mind knowing that you have all the necessary supplies should an emergency arise.

When it comes to packing pads, pants and wipes, you can never pack too many. There’s nothing worse than realising you’re short of supplies, so bring as many as you feel reasonable for the duration of your journey.

Furthermore, before booking your accommodation, check with the hotel first whether or not bed protection can be supplied, and if not, opt for a waterproof sheet or extra pads with you to keep you covered.

With the pandemic making travel and planning a case of having to expect the unexpected, being prepared for anything will help ease the journey.

Think About Your Mode Of Transport

While a lot of your holiday will consist of participating in activities, sightseeing and relaxing, you may also spend some time travelling.

Whether that’s via plane to get to your destination or via taxi to get to and from attractions. Again, if you’re away from home, always plan these activities ahead of time to avoid unexpected delays or issues along the way. If you require regular toilet access, you’ll want to try your best to opt for modes of transport that come equipped with a toilet. For example, if you’re travelling long distances on a coach, double check that there is a toilet on board.

Furthermore, if possible, try to book seats on the plane that are close to the toilet to give you fast access to a toilet should you need it.

Enjoy yourself!

Travelling with bladder and bowel conditions doesn’t have to be a recipe for disaster. Instead, there are several precautions that you can take to ensure that your trip is a success, allowing you to enjoy your time abroad just like anyone else.

We hope you’re able to travel a little happier with this advice – let us know your experiences at [email protected].