Is it Possible to Travel with a Catheter?
Traveling for the holidays is already stressful enough without having to worry about medical devices. If you are a catheter wearer or are a caretaker of a catheter wearer then you might have some reservations about traveling this holiday season. The need for a catheter does not mean you cannot travel, it just means it requires a bit more planning. Here is a guide to navigating your way around a road trip or airport with a catheter.
How to Travel with a Catheter
Packing enough supplies when traveling is important for any trip but especially so when it comes to catheters. Think about how many days you will be away and plan for how many bags you will need for that time. Be safe by packing extra essentials in case of an emergency.
Traveling by plane is a little tricky because of the TSA rules. For carry-ons, bottles that contain 3.4 oz. or less of liquids can be taken onto the plane and everything must fit into a 1 quart-sized clear plastic Ziploc bag. Make sure any disinfectants and lubricants and extra bags adhere to these rules. Pack extra bags and larger volumes of liquid in your checked bag if the trip you are taking is longer.
Look into the options you have in terms of the style of catheter. An intermittent catheter is designed to be travel ready by being a closed system and –pre-lubricated so there is less fuss while you travel. After all, there is no guarantee that you will be able to find a sterile environment to change your catheter while on the road. Nor will it be easy to change it in a small bathroom stall.
Another way to be prepared and not have to worry about packing extra supplies is by ordering ahead of time and having them shipped to your destination. Give your hotel or family notice that you will be expecting a package.
At MTG, we provide the urinary catheters you need to have safe and comfortable travels. Such as the EZ-Advancer which make it easy to insert and bag that fits into a pocket for discretion. For additional information about our products, peruse our site.