Travel tips


These days, when travelling, extra security precautions are being taken worldwide. With advanced planning, you can avoid many security related and potentially embarrassing problems.


  • Pre cut all barriers at home-this way you can leave your stoma care scissors in your checked luggage. After the events of September 11, security has been tightened in numerous international airports, making the carrying of scissors in your checked luggage more difficult.
  • Pack stoma care supplies in both your carry-on and checked luggage.
  • Take extra supplies, just in case they are not available at your destination.
  • Carry a statement from your stoma care nurse stating your need for stoma care supplies to show security, in case you are asked about your stoma care products.
  • If travelling to a foreign country, bring your important stoma care information written in the appropriate language. One of the 70 member associations of the International Stoma Association can be helpful with translations. This may help you locate supplies while travelling abroad.

Remember, all screening at airports must be conducted in a way that treats passengers with courtesy, dignity, and respect. You may request that any personal screening be conducted in a private area.


>The British Airports Authority

>Aerospace Medical Association publications list - tips for airline travellers

>International Medicine Center

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