There’s no place like home. When you irrigate like I do you have everything set up just the way you like it. It’s taken time to find out what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to the logistics of irrigation and you can make changes to accommodate your needs.
On the road, things are a little different. You never really know what you’re getting into when traveling because at the end if the day you have some special needs.
That doesn’t mean that things have to be miserable when you’re traveling. Over time you learn what works when you don’t know what to expect from your bathroom.
First things first. Make sure you pack what you need. You figure this out over time. The first time I had to travel with the ostomy, I was so nervous about not having access to my supplies I took nearly two months of stuff for a two week trip. Half of my carry on luggage was filed with supplies. Now I take more than I need but less than my entire cache of supplies. It also helps if you try not to deviate too much from your normal eating habits. Eating too far out of your norm will cause you to go through supplies faster.
Make sure you’ve figured out how to do what you need to do without any special accommodations. At home we have a detachable shower head that makes keeping the irrigation sleeve clean easy. I have yet to come across a shower in a hotel that has a detachable head. I figured out how to keep the sleeve relatively clean without it. I also have to change my shower routine because of that.
Being out on the road also means you need better time management. At home my routine is very casual. I have a lot more time. On vacation there is usually a plan to go out exploring. Because of that I need to plan my schedule and plan how long I think I need to irrigate.
The other issue is placement. It helps when things are placed together. Sink near the toilet near the shower. One place had the sink in another room, another, like this have the sink and toilet together, but the shower is a little far.
At the end of the day I had a really good vacation with regard to my ostomy and irrigation. I did forget a shower curtain hanger that I use to hold the irrigation bag containing the clean water, but I was able to improvise. I used very few supplies and even though I deviated from my normal eating, I didn’t have too many issues. It was nice to get back home and have everything right where it needs to be.