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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 requires that you make some extra preparations for both your journey and stay. But no matter where you go, it doesn't have to hold you back.

Before going away

SpeediCath Compact Eve Essentials before going away What to remember? What to bring? How to pack smarter? Find tips and tricks and be well-prepared. Read what to pack when going away
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Essentials before going away

Before going away

  • Buy a travel insurance.
  • Order extra products and order well in advance, so that you are sure that you have them on time.
  • Divide your supplies in different bags, in case your luggage is lost or the flight is delayed.
  • Note the name of your product(s) on the travel certificate and/or Coloplast around the world – taking a picture of them may also be a good idea.

 

Pack a smart kit

  • Pack a smart kit including everything you might need in case something happens. Whether you are flying, driving or travelling by plane it is nice to have a your most needed supplies and personal belongings close.

 

TIP: It can be a good idea to order some compact catheters to bring along. Compact catheters have three main advantages on the go:

  • Compact catheters are pre-lubricated, so they are ready when you are. This also minimized the chances of bacteria and thus UTIs.
  • You can toss it in the trash or save it in your inner pocket after usage – discreet, simple and clean.
  • It can hide in plain sight

Download a packing-list – and arrive with everything you need

We've created a packing list including must-haves, what to bring for a holiday by the beach, in the city or maybe outdoors, supplies, personal items and hygiene, clothing & accessories, gadgets, etc. – download it here

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Rain falling into a pond Temperature has an impact on your products Temperature impacts the flexibility of the catheter and may influence the wear-time of the uridome, so be cautious and pay extra attention to the products when climate changes Learn more about storage and usage
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Temperature has an impact on your products

The temperature has an impact on your products, so think about how to pack, moving your supplies from the glove compartment in the car and bring some in your hand luggage if travelling by plane. Also, when using them be respectful of the impact of the climate and pay extra attention.

Storage of intermittent catheters

We recommend that you store your products at room temperature at all times. Shortly storing the products at extreme temperatures (below 0 degrees Celsius and above 60 degrees Celsius) though will not impact the quality of the product. Thus your catheters can be in the aircraft hold though it is cold. Be aware though that the colder the catheter is stored the stiffer it will feel. It may be a good idea to heat the catheter with your hands before usage. On the other hand; the catheter will be softer if stored at a warm place.

Hot climate affects urine bags

If you are using a urine bag and is spending time in a warmer climate, be aware that the uridome may stay shorter than usual as you will be producing more sweat. Thus it is important that you bring more uridomes than you are used to. 

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Traveling tips for catheter users

Drink MORE water Drink MORE water When you have bladder issues, you might feel less encouraged to drink a lot of water, because you feel that this increases the urge to urinate more often. Why drink more water?
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Drink MORE water

When you have bladder issues, you might feel less encouraged to drink a lot of water because you feel it increased the urge to urinate more often. However, not drinking enough water may just make your symptoms worse and can cause you to become dehydrated. Instead, you should make sure you are drinking enough water as well as emptying your bladder as frequently as your health care provider has advised.  When you don’t drink enough water, your body’s urine becomes that is more concentrated. This may contribute to bladder irritability, bladder spasms and may contribute to the growth of bacteria in the urine. When you travel in hot climates or sweat during physical exercise, you risk becoming dehydrated, so if traveling to warm climates, remember to drink even more water than you usually do. Serious dehydration can lead to medical complications and even hospitalization- which is no way to spend time on vacation!

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On the go - what to consider

Travelling by plane Travelling by plane Prevent trouble at security by bringing a travel certificate and limit the amount of liquids. Also, book a seat by the row. Tips for traveling by plane
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Tips for travelling by plane

Hand luggage restrictions based on information from UK airports

When booking your ticket

When booking your ticket it might be a good idea to book a seat in the back row near the bathrooms as it might help take away some of your concerns and make you feel more confident as well.

Plan your visits to the bathroom – e.g. it can be a good idea to catheterize as close to boarding as possible, so that you don't have to worry when in the air.

Feel safer going through security

Prevent trouble at security by bringing a travel certificate - it explains your condition, the medical supplies you are carrying and why you might need support and privacy as you go through security.

Liquids in your hand luggage

None of the Coloplast catheters holds more water that the allowed limit.

It is possible to see the catheter through the packaging when your luggage goes through x-ray at the airport, which means that you do not have to open any of the catheters to show it.

Remember that there are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage. If possible, pack liquids in your hold baggage. Liquids include: all drink, liquid or semi-liquid foods, cosmetics and toiletries, sprays, pastes, gels, contact lens solution and any other solutions and items of similar consistency*.

If you do take liquids in your hand luggage: containers must hold no more than 100ml, containers must be in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and you’re limited to 1 plastic bag per person.

For more information look at the website of the airport you are travelling from before going.

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Finding a restroom out and about Finding a restroom out and about Leaving your home base can require a few extra preparations and add some challenges to your routine. Read these tips and be better prepared Read tips and be better prepared
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Be better prepared

Be well-prepared

Check out all the places you want to visit to see if they have restrooms .This may be especially useful if you need one that is wheelchair accessible. You can find them on the internet or give them a call if you are in doubt. Also check if it is common to pay a fee for using restrooms and make sure to have small change in local currency on you.

Learning the word for “restroom” in the local language can be very helpful.

If you have a disability, it might be possible to get a card you can show. Ask your healthcare provider or your local association about it. 

Using a catheter – plan your schedule

Plan all bathroom visits during your stay/the day allowing time before or after an event. Set a watch or phone alarm, if you worry that you might forget when it is time.

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Disclaimer: 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 or ostomy solution you are using. Also, please note that if your nurse gave you any specific dietary advice, you should always follow that advice.

 

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