Intermittent catheterization makes it easier to manage your bladder when traveling.
Travel Tips When Using Catheters
You can safely manage your bladder with IC 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.
Tip 1: Bring Extra Catheters
Always pack extra catheters. Your journey home could be delayed or other contingencies could occur that may cause you to need more catheters.
Tip! Bring extra hand sanitizer. Wet wipes are also good to have.
Tip 2: Catheters in Your Carry-on Bag
Ensure that you pack extra catheters in your carry-on bag in case 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.
Tip 3: If You Run Out of Catheters While Abroad
Tip 4: Clean water
If you travel to countries with poor water quality, you can bring catheters with integrated sterile water. Do not forget to wash your hands before IC - and after!
The following LoFric catheters are available with integrated sterile water
- LoFric Elle® is a pre-wet catheter with an angulated handle.
- LoFric® Sense™, LoFric® Origo™, LoFric® Primo™, LoFric® Hydro-Kit™ have enclosed sterile water
Tip: If the water quality at your destination is good enough to drink, always use cold water, with a lower risk for bacteria.
Tip: If the tap water is not good, you can use bottled water. In case of emergency carbonated water will do.
Tip 5: Being discreet
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.
Tip 6: Medication Abroad
If you take any medication, it is wise to pack this in your carry-on bag. Be aware that some medication requires certain certificates. Ask at your pharmacy or your doctor.
Summary - Things to Mark off Your Checklist
- I have packed enough catheters
- I have divided the catheters between my carry-on bag and my other luggage
- I have chosen the catheters considering my travel destination
- I have also brought hand sanitizer and wet wipes
- I have a LoFric travel certificate
Download our travel checklist by clicking here!
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LoFric is a complete solution for short- and long-term bladder management. Based on the unique Urotonic Surface Technology, LoFric enables intermittent catheterization in a safe and user-friendly way.