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Colostomy Travel Insurance – Tips for Travellers with a Stoma

Travel shouldn’t get in the way of living with a stoma. With some forward-planning, you should be able to enjoy all the perks of holidays without any of the hassles of medical issues. But in order to get the most from your travels, it’s wise to take some precautions in the first instance. To help plan for your next holiday, here are some important tips for before and during your trip:

Visit Your Doctor before you go on holiday

If you’ve been in hospital at any point over the past six months it’s important to see your GP before flying. If you’re travelling outside of the UK, you may require medical approval or documentation to take with you. Like any pre-existing medical conditions that require medication, monitoring or supplies it’s helpful for an ostomate to have a letter from a doctor. A letter from your GP would usually state that you’re carrying ostomy supplies as a medical necessity. Get your GP to sign and stamp a travel certificate like this one from Colostomy UK. It’s highly advisable to keep the letter from your doctor in your pocket or a “bum bag” in case you become temporarily separated from your hand luggage. It’s always important to be steered by medical advice, even if this regretfully means delaying your trip a few days or weeks.

Treatment comes first

It’s advisable to wait until any planned hospital treatment before undertaking a holiday unless your GP specifically advises otherwise. If you’re waiting for hospital treatment there’s a good chance your travel insurance won’t cover you until after the treatment and prescribed recovery period. You’ll invalidate your travel insurance if you go against it, so it’s important to discuss with your insurance provider if you do intend to travel.

Invest in insurance

Invest in a specialised policy that covers Ostomates. This is the best way to ensure you are comprehensively covered should you need medical support on your travels. Do this as soon as possible before travelling – as it will be invaluable if you’re forced to cancel your trip. If you already have existing colostomy travel insurance, make sure your policy and insurer are up to date on your current status if this has changed.

Buy a travel wallet

Buy a travel wallet for all your important documentation. This should include your next of kin, medical history and a list of any medication you’re currently taking. Also, include a copy of your travel insurance with you. This should accompany you on your flight and when you’re out and about. We like these bum bags as a fashionable item to carry!

Stock Up

Pack enough medical kit to see you through your travels. This includes any items you might need if a flight is delayed or your journey is interrupted. Most travel insurance companies do not cover loss of stoma appliances or replenishing stock unless it’s specifically stated otherwise. While it’s important to ensure you take enough equipment with you, it’s just as important to know what situations are covered in case of an emergency. Jean from Living with a Stoma has some exceptionally thorough, first hand advice on holiday travel with a Stoma, for example handy advice like pre-cutting of flanges, carry phrase cards, sources of worldwide support – I recommend you read her entire website.


Travel insurance prodivers that cover people travelling with a stoma on holiday

We’ve carefully reviewed travel health insurance providers that all understand, and cater for varying types of pre-existing medical conditions. Most, such as Allclear and Staysure, cover any medical condition. Always speak directly with the insurer to find out what’s covered and what isn’t. 

Click here to see our full list of travel insurance providers or click “Quote” to get a quote from one of our recomended providers, or scroll down to read more information on individual policies.

Provider
Maximum Age
Medical?
PolicyClever Rating*
Quote
Allclear

No age limit

Yes

Esure

79

Yes

Staysure

No age limit

Yes

World First

100

Yes

Columbus

85

Yes

 

*Ratings data is based on aggregated review scores provided by Defaqto, Trustpilot, Feefo, Reviews.co.uk and Which.co.uk.

Travel Insurance Policy Comparison

We’ve carefully reviewed travel health insurance providers that all understand, and cater for varying types of pre-existing medical conditions. Most, such as Allclear and Staysure, cover any medical condition. Always speak directly with the insurer to find out what’s covered and what isn’t.

Click here to see our full list of travel insurance providers or click “Quote” to get a quote from one of our recomended providers, or scroll down to read more information on individual policies.

Allclear
Staysure
World First
Columbus
Esure

Be stomach aware

As anyone with a stoma will know, you will want to prevent an upset stomach when you travel. Stick to foods you are familiar with before and during your travels. When abroad, avoid foods that are well cooked or have been standing for long periods of time. Foods such as shellfish, burgers and sausages are best avoided. Be mindful that local water may affect your wellbeing, therefore salad, fruits and vegetables washed in local water are best avoided. Opt for bottled water only. If you can, pack some preferred non-perishable foods that are easy to travel with; digestive biscuits for instance.

Tablets

It may be advisable to take anti-diarrheal tablets on your travels to prevent any unwanted side-effects. Speak to your GP first.

Firming foods

If you find that you are suffering from loose stools, try adding any of the following foods into your diet; pasta, rice, white bread, mashed potatoes, bananas, marshmallows and jelly babies.

Stay well hydrated

Especially in hot climates, it’s important to keep hydrated. If possible, try to avoid alcoholic drinks especially when flying or travelling. Replace any fluids lost – a rehydration powder may help and can be purchased in a pharmacist in advance. Aim for around 2 to 2.5 litres of fluid a day, that’s about 8 glasses of water.

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Sophia Walker
Sophia Walker

Sophia Walker is a writer with a passion for travel, health and wellbeing and storytelling. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, her work has been published extensively in print and online. Sophia is often found in far-flung destinations, when not in her native home of London.

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