Travelling With a Stoma


Travelling With a Stoma

Last updated 01/06/20

Security precautions are taken at airports and other transit hubs worldwide. Taking this into account, a little pre-planning and understanding of both security rules and your right to privacy can help you avoid problems in transit and enjoy your travels.

Remember that all airport screenings must be conducted with courtesy, dignity and respect. You may request screening in a private area at all Australian airports and most international destinations.

A few additional tips to keep you on the go:

  • Remember that scissors cannot be carried in your hand luggage. Pre-cut all barriers, if using cut-to-fit appliances, at home as this way you can leave your stoma care scissors in your checked luggage.
  • Pack stoma care supplies in both your carry-on and checked luggage.
  • Take extra supplies, just in case they are not available at your destination. Work within your associations order availability time frames to ensure you have adequate supplies for travel.
  • Carry a statement from your stoma therapy nurse stating your need for stoma care supplies to show security, in case you are asked about your stoma care products.
  • If travelling to a foreign country, bring your important stoma care information written in the appropriate language. One of the 70 member associations of the International Stoma Association can be helpful with translations. This may help you locate supplies while travelling abroad.
  • Ensure that appropriate travel insurance is obtained prior to departure.



Helpful Links

Australian Government Smart Traveller Tips

International Ostomy Association: Traveling Tips

Australian Council of Stoma Associations: Traveling Overseas