You can safely manage your bladder with CIC both at home and on your travels. Here we have gathered some advice so you can be prepared, and can avoid the need for troubleshooting on your journey.
Always pack extra catheters. Your journey home can be delayed or other contingencies can occur that cause your need for more catheters.
Tip! Bring extra hand sanitizer. Wet wipes are also good to have.
Ensure that you pack extra catheters in your carry-on bag in case that you lose the rest of your luggage. It's a good idea to see if your travel companion can bring catheters on your behalf in their luggage.
If you travel in countries with poor water quality, you can bring catheters with integrated sterile water. Do not forget to wash your hands before ISC - and after!
The following LoFric catheters have enclosed sterile water: LoFric® Sense™, LoFric® Origo™, LoFric® Primo™, LoFric® Hydro-Kit™.
Tip! If the water quality at your destination is good enough to drink, you should try to use cold water anyway since the risk for bacteria is then reduced.
Tip! If the tap water is not good, you can use bottled water. In an emergency carbonated water will also do.
Bring the LoFric travel certificate (Medical Validation Certificate)! This explains in ten different languages why you are carrying catheters in your luggage. There is also a section on the certificate that urges the customs service staff and TSA officials to show discretion. Download the certificate here.
If you take any medication, it is wise to pack this in your carry-on bag. Be aware that some medication require certain certificates. Ask at your pharmacy or your doctor.
Don't let your diagnosis stop you from doing what you love! Looking at the possibilities rather than the obstacles is a great place to start.
Download and print the LoFric medical certificate for the security check at the airport.
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