Going away on vacation is always a challenge, especially if you have IBS. There is constant concern about the availability of toilets and to have easy access to them. Alongside the concern to find a toilet there is the effort to eat different foods, the risk of food poisoning, the purity of water and, of course, the inconvenience of travel. Please read on to discover the best travel tips when you suffer from IBS.
The first area to look at is potable. A common situation people find themselves is the dehydration when in warmer countries. Be sure to drink plenty of water, as it can leak very quickly in warm countries. Besides the hot weather due to dehydration, there is that little thing that we love called alcohol. Alcoholic drinks worsen dehydration and give a headache so you’ll be sure to avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Now you know that it is important to drink water, make sure the water you drink is bottled, as foreign countries have different purities of water that can cause stomach upset. Then you must try to remember to avoid swallowing any water pools or lakes, as these aren’t really intended to be swallowed and are known to cause health problems if ingested.
The next factor is the food. Food can be a real problem for people suffering from IBS abroad so be sure to follow the guidelines below:
Ever eat at a restaurant that looks clean.
As far as possible to follow a diet that is familiar to you.
Never eat foods that have had a chance to cool.
Avoid food with flies around it.
Beware of salad (you will be washed in water).
Peel all the fruit.
Followed by food and drink is, of course, drugs. It is important to carry appropriate drugs en route to ensure your journey is not ruined by illness. A key medication to take with your is rehydration sachets such as Dioralyte, Electrolite or Rehidrat. These are particularly useful for times when you have the runs and feel dehydrated. Another vital medication has its own supply of anti-spasmodics like Buscopan, Colofac or Mebeverine together with anti-diarrheal medications. A key piece of Advice when transporting these drugs is to have in hand luggage and in their original packaging, in this way you’ll have no problem with customs.
The final things to consider are TOILET stops during the trip. If you choose to travel via bus, airplane or car there are several ways to go about planning toilet stops. If you are travelling by bus a key thing to look into is that the coach has a TOILET on board, that way you know you have access to the toilet at any point during the trip. If your choice is by car, so plan your journey and know where the toilets are on the road. Wherever there’s tourist information centres that can direct you to the nearest toilet. Finally, if air travel is your choice so be sure to book in advance a position that is a corridor, this means that you won’t have to get more people to get to the toilets. You should also consider pre booking gluten-free dietary needs, low fat, etc. Many people suffer from nervousness when flying and for IBS sufferers, this may cause the symptoms of their condition, so be sure to relax and to wear comfortable clothing. Some people find taking a mild sedative can help you when you fly.
All in all, we understand how difficult it can be to travel when you are suffering from IBS, so make sure to follow the tips above to ensure your holiday is not blighted by symptoms of IBS.