How To Travel Happily With Bladder & Bowel Conditions

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 fulfillment 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

Take All Of Your Medical Documents With You

If you’re travelling in Europe then ensure that you’re equipped with a European Health Insurance Card (UK EHIC). It’s a great start so that you can seek treatment in the event of a medical emergency.

Before departing you should also ensure you have a letter that explains your medical history and the reasons behind the medication that you take. Additionally, you should 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 sign will help you communicate quickly and discreetly. You can also download the App which contains a map to your nearest toilet locations.

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.

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. 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.

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.