being away from home with bladder issues

Have a safe trip!

Being away from home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming challenge.

Experiencing new things is often the reason for traveling — but when it comes to feeling secure and comfortable, it would be nice to keep the surprises to a minimum. Leaving your home base when you have to catheterize requires that you make some extra preparations for both your journey and stay. But no matter where you go, urinary problems don’t have to hold you back.

Pack smart with bladder issues

Pack smart and plan ahead

When you’re away from home, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a little extra of everything —just in case. Consider the different environments you will encounter during your travels. Whether you enjoy nature, power shopping or delving into fine arts at a museum, make sure you bring enough of your supplies and accessories to suit each situation. Have you made an activity plan for your trip? It’s a good idea to make a corresponding restroom plan, too. There are many tools which can help you locate convenient bathrooms wherever you are, such as websites or smartphone apps.

Long journey? Prepare for it

Long travels can be a challenge. If you will not have access to restrooms during the journey, consider a catheter and bag solution. If it’s impossible for you to catheterize during the journey at all, talk to your doctor or nurse about another solution (could be a short-term indwelling catheter). Always try any alternative solutions out at home first, so you can get comfortable with the new product.

research catheter suppliers

Research before you go

While you’re researching top restaurants or must-do attractions, take some time to locate the nearest medical facility in case you need supplies, medication or accessories. It may also be useful to research whom to contact at your destination, should any catheter issues occur. If you’re going away for a long time, find the contact information for a catheter supplier where you’ll be staying — and be sure to take your prescription along with you.

If you need help

Always keep the telephone number of your healthcare provider handy. If you are unable to reach someone, you can always call a Coloplast Care Specialist anytime for guidance.

These are general guidelines meant to help you with typical questions. You should follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider and the intermittent catheterization solution you are using.

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