Traveling When You Have Crohn’s Disease and IBD

Traveling When You Have Crohn’s Disease and IBD
With inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, traveling can create tough obstacles for disease management. Being prepared for the worst can make things much easier when you're away from home. I always have a Crohn's disease essentials and emergency kit in my car, and a large plastic bin filled with supplies, including a change of clothes, extra medication, and anything and everything that I think I could need. I was recently asked what would I bring in a travel kit, and I am planning my first vacation since getting my diagnosis, so it's the perfect time to talk travel with IBD. Stress, flaring, and uncontrolled symptoms can all make traveling worrisome for IBD patients. Unknown locations, public bathroom use, and unplanned events can create further problems. But if you're traveling, really traveling, whether it be taking a vacation, going away for the weekend, or moving, you need to plan ahead of time. There are quite a few things that Crohn’s disease patients may want to take with them wherever they go. I always bring a few days' worth of extra medications, just in case. Running out of medication when out of town can make things even more difficult, as it's a struggle to get them refilled in different locations or states. It is important to leave your medication in their original prescription bottles. I use a pill container for daily use, but when traveling, especially via air travel and going through customs, medication should be kept in their original bottles. In addition to medication, bring a list of all medications, dosages, and a note from your physician or medical health team. Don't forget your insurance in
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