As you start thinking about planning a vacation, you should consider some quite practical things beforehand – especially If you're going somewhere warm.
A short guide to ostomy swimwear
The best piece of advice is to try before you buy. Unfortunately buying specialty swimwear is no guarantee for optimal fit, but on the other hand, you might well be able to find regular swimwear that fits your need perfectly.
Women might want to look at a one-piece bathing suit with detailing or patterns across the stomach area to cover up the pouch.
Men can try wearing Lycra-type swimming trunks underneath a looser pair of shorts to help hold your pouch in place.
Going somewhere warm?
Remember to apply sunscreen after you put on your pouch. The lotion could affect the adhesive and make it harder to stick. If the climate is warm enough to make you perspire more than usual, you may need to change your pouch more frequently.
Make sure your skin is completely dry before you apply a new pouch, for good adhesion. It can be a bit tricky if the weather is very hot and humid – if drying your skin is difficult, you can use a hairdryer on the lowest temperature to dry the area making sure that the area does not get too warm.
With warmth comes a higher risk of dehydration and diarrhea, but with some preparation you don't need to worry. Make sure to drink plenty of water and bring medicine for diarrhea with you, just in case.
Drink bottled water instead of tap water - and perhaps avoid ice cubes as they're usually made from tap water.
How about pouch disposal?
It's usually a good idea to bring bags for disposal of your pouch with you when you go out.
- Store your pouches in a cool place
- Drink plenty of bottled water
- Depending on where you are, consider using bottled drinking water around your stoma when changing your pouch
- Put your pouch on before you put any suntan lotion on
- Pack plenty of extra barriers, pouches and accessories if needed.
- Relax and have fun!