Going on holiday when you have a catheter

For many of us at this time of year, we start counting down the days until we’re finally sunning ourselves by the pool or exploring new cities the world over. We want all of our customers to have a fantastic time on holiday, and to stay worry-free about managing their catheter - whether at home or abroad.

We’ve answered some of your top questions on this topic below to help your next trip go as smoothly as possible…

Can you fly with a catheter fitted?

Absolutely, yes! Here are some top tips for ways you can make travelling with a catheter as stress-free as possible.

  • The airport security process can be stressful at the best of times, what with going through the scanners, potentially setting them off (it’s happened to all of us) and being patted down. Did you know you can request to be searched in a private room? For added discretion, you can bring a note from your GP to support this request, if you’d prefer not to talk about your catheter in front of other passengers.
  • You may be asked to empty your leg bag. It’s easy to forget about it when following the fluid restriction rules, but urine still applies!
  • For some of us, we’ve been unfortunate enough to have been that person waiting at the baggage carousel, for our bag to never show up. Have you considered sending some of your catheter supplies to your destination ahead of your trip? If your hotel can confirm they’ve been received, this can help to give some peace of mind on your journey.
  • As an alternative, you could always split your supplies between your hand luggage and main luggage. Just bear in mind that your hand luggage may be searched when going through security. If you’d prefer the contents of your bag to be checked in a more discreet manner, you can request this from staff at the airport.

Can you swim if you have a catheter?

Yes, you certainly can! In the sea or in the pool – whichever takes your fancy. Have you considered using a catheter valve as an alternative to a leg bag? A catheter valve is a small tap which fits on the end of your catheter. Because it’s so small, it can easily be tucked inside your swimwear, so some people prefer it for swimming or relaxing by the pool. Click here to find out more about our Ugo Catheter Valve.

I want to wear skirts and shorts on holiday, but don’t want my catheter leg bag on show...

Have you ever tried using a short tube catheter leg bag? Because the tubing from the catheter to the bag is shorter, it means you can comfortably position the bag higher up on your leg. Perfect if you’re wanting to wear outfits which show off those suntanned pins. Browse our range of leg bag options here.

How should I support my catheter night bag on holiday?

The Ugo Stand with Dignity collapses down to a compact size, so you’ll almost certainly be able to find space for it in your suitcase. Our overnight bag stand with removable cover prevents the tap from touching the floor, helping to reduce your risk of infection. See it in action here.

Reducing your risk of infection

The last time you want to end up with a pesky infection is during your travels! Fortunately, there are easy steps you can take to help prevent this from happening…

  • Maintain a good fluid intake, particularly if you’ve travelled to a hot country (you lucky thing). You can tell if you’re drinking enough fluid by checking the colour of your urine. If it’s a pale, straw-like colour, you’re doing just fine. If it’s dark yellow or even orange, it’s time to top up on the H20!
  • Maintaining good hygiene practices abroad may be more challenging than at home. It’s a good idea to pack antibacterial hand gel and wet wipes to make sure you can keep your hands as clean as possible when touching your catheter.

Get in touch!

Do you have any tried and tested top tips you’ve found particularly useful when travelling with a catheter? Let us know so we can spread the word! We’d love to hear from you at hello@shopoptimum.co.uk.

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