Traveling would perhaps be one of the biggest concerns of a person with IBS. If one were to merely stay at home, he would be able to do his business anytime without any inconvenience. Going out is another story altogether. So how can a person with IBS enjoy traveling? Here are some tips to make that vacation better, courtesy of the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD).
Allow enough time in the morning to get to the airport on time without worry. When traveling to and from your destination, bring an extra bag with a change of clothes in the event that your luggage is lost. Throughout your trip, always have a change of clothes with you, and bring a supply of tissue in case there’s none available where you are going.
Indeed, you never know when the symptoms may arise. Better to have time allowance so that you will not miss your flight.
When planning your trip, consider driving if possible. Some people may feel more comfortable traveling by car, because they can stop when necessary to use a restroom or take a break. There is a greater sense of control when traveling by car, as you don’t have to be on someone else’s schedule or timetable.
I would prefer to drive as well. This means you can stop anytime you need to. More so, you will be with people you know, avoiding embarrassing situations.
Divide your medication(s) into two containers; keep one in your hotel room and one with you at all times.
This is something that you should always remember. Again, you never know when you might need to take your medication.
More tips in the IFFGD web site.
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