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Do You Experience Anxiety When You Travel?

Do you experience anxiety about symptoms when traveling with IBD? What are some coping strategies you’ve found helpful?

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  • Amanda Osowski moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Pam,

    This is a great question. I used to be very worried about traveling with IBD, but since I do it fairly often now, I have gained some good tips:

    1. If I’m flying, TSA Cares always can offer help or reduce concerns about things. If I don’t have an assigned seat on the plane, I sometimes ask for disability boarding to ensure I can sit near the bathroom if necessary.
    2. I always carry an extra pair of underwear in my purse or carry on bag, just in case.
    3. Never leave home without flushable wipes, calmoseptine, zofran, and travel toilet paper.
    4. Hydration is a must. I swear by drip drop, but also do a lot of G2 gatorade and smart water.
    5. Lavender essential oil helps me stay calm, and I carry it with me everywhere.
    6. The calm app – having available guided meditations is so helpful in always having something to turn to.

    -Amanda, Team Member

  • Brooke Abbott moderator
    2 years ago

    I have anxiety every single time I travel by air, train or vehicle. Which is crazy because I’m on a plane at least once a month. But the way I ease my mind is by doing a few things:
    1. I over pack! I pack more outfits and underwear than there are days that I will be gone. Just in case of accidents.
    2. I travel early in the morning, so that when I land I have time to rest before getting started on work or vacation.
    3. I carry an extra set of comfortable clothes and underwear in my carry on.
    4. I pack travel toilet paper & flushable wipes in my purse or travel bag.
    5. I use the bathroom twice before I board the plane. It may not feel like I need to go, but with a Jpouch, something always comes out.
    6. I drink tons of water and an ORS the day before travel so I’m hydrated.
    7. I sometimes buy a day pass for a airline lounge for clean bathrooms, shower access and comfortable seating.
    8. I will have gummies and white rice to thicken my stool to minimize leaks.
    9. Download my favorite show/movie to my iPad before take off.
    10. Create a trip specific playlist that will last the duration of the flight if I start to feel nauseous and close my eyes.
    11. Pack an extra ORS packet, extra preggie pops and mints just in case of dizziness or nausea.

    Team Member

  • Pam.Kingsland moderator author
    2 years ago

    Hi Brooke! Thanks for weighing in with these helpful tips! They’re great strategies to try to ease anxiety while traveling! 🙂
    -Pam (team member)

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