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Ostomy travel certificate

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For this purpose, an ostomy travel certificate is available from your stoma care nurse or local stoma association. The certificate will assist you when going through customs/airport security, if there is a need to explain about your stoma appliances.

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Ostomy supplies

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Always take with you the size, name, order number, and manufacturer's name of your stoma equipment in case of need of replacement. It is also useful to have the telephone number of your stoma equipment supplier with you. If you are away for an extended period of time, discuss with your stoma care nurse or stoma association how to contact a local stomal therapy nurse/local agent/how to get help if needed. You may want to bring some extra stoma appliances if you plan on going swimming and/or spending long periods of time in the water.

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Food and drink when travelling

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A change in water, either in your own country or abroad, can cause a change in bowel habit. Only bottled water should be drunk outside your own country. Check that the bottle seal has not been tampered with by holding the bottle upside down to check for leaks. To avoid traveller's diarrhoea, be aware of what you are eating and drinking.

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You can find more information and advice about living with a stoma in the Dansac booklets:

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Hints and Tips: Colostomy

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Hints and Tips: Ileostomy

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Hints and Tips: Urostomy

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