The Best Ways To Discreetly Carry Catheters

You’ve got places to go, from family reunions, outdoor events, and much more. So, don’t let the need to carry catheters stop you from going on your trip and having some fun. If you’re worried about traveling with catheters, take a moment to relax and refer to the following tips to learn how to discreetly carry your catheters anywhere!

Traveling With Catheters

Whether you’re getting on a plane, taking a cruise, driving to a concert, and more, preparing is important to remain sanitary and dry for the entire duration of your trip. You may also want to be discreet with your catheter supplies, which is easy to do when you take a little time to plan ahead.

1. Pack A Catheter Kit

Make a list of everything you’ll need in relation to your catheter supplies to make sure you don’t forget anything important. In a small backpack or your carry on bag and be sure to include:

  • Catheters - Always pack extra, packing enough for two extra days for vacations is recommended
  • Extra underwear and a pair of pants in case an accident occurs
  • Catheter lubricants
  • Disposable changing gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes for quick and easy clean ups and to sanitize surfaces
  • A handheld mirror to help you see proper catheterization
  • Plastic bags for disposal of used catheters or soiled clothing
  • Pads to catch any accidental leaks
  • A bottle of water to stay hydrated
  • Paper towels, tissues, or a dry cloth

Note: Don't carry all of your cathter supplies together in one bag in case it gets lost. Split them up between your carry on and luggage.

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2. Map Out Bathrooms

Before going to a museum, airport, or park look up bathroom locations ahead of time so you won’t be struggling to find a one when you need it. Then you can set an alarm or plan your day accordingly to when you need to catheterize.

It can be helpful to use your catheter and empty your urinary drainage bag before you leave your home and when you first arrive at your destination.

3. Dress For Success 

If you need to travel with a drainage bag  for your foley cathter or extrenal catheter you may want to conceal it with outfits to hide catheters. Belly bags can be hidden under baggy layers, but this isn’t the best option during hot days. Instead, you can strap your leg bag to your upper thigh to easily hide it beneath shorts or a skirt. You can also wear shorts with longer t-shirts. Make sure your clothes are easy to remove to simplify and speed up the process catherizing in public restrooms.

If you have a longer flight or train ride be sure to use your larger bladder bag during your trip. Larger urine bags can be hidden under blankers or placed in a bag. However, make sure your drainage bag is placed below the bladder and the tubing is free of kinks.

4. Have A Discreet Catheter Carrying Case

If you use intermittent catheters you might not want to carry them out in the open to the bathroom. Luckily, they’re compact and easy to place in a variety of catheter carrying cases like:

  • Your pockets
  • A makeup bag or purse
  • A briefcase
  • A backpack or drawstring bag
  • Your glasses or sunglasses case
  • A fanny pack
  • Inside long socks
  • Your service dog's pack
  • A fanny pack (That's right, we said fanny pack! They're coming back in style.)

When picking a catheter carrying case be sure to pick an item that can store your supplies without bending or crushing them. Straight catheters are often easier to conceal than coude tip ones. Also, female catheters are often longer and take up more space.

5. Traveling With Catheters On Planes

Traveling by car is a little simpler than traveling by air with catheters because you usually don’t have to go through security checks or get seated between strangers. That being said, preparing for the airport is a little bit different, make sure you:

  • Call the airport 72 hours in advance to let them know you have a catheter and what security measurements will need to be taken.
  • Carry a copy of your prescription and your doctor’s phone number in case you have any questions or run into an emergency. Carrying a doctor’s note may also help with carrying medical items through customs. You can only carry liquids such as lubricants in bottles that can hold 3.4 oz. or less unless you have a prescription.
  • Arrive at your flight early in case you get held up in a long line in order to have enough time to cath or empty your drainage bag before you board the plane.
  • If you have a longer flight try traveling with a larger drainage bag or switching from an intermittent to condom catheter. There are also a variety of compact catheters you can try.
  • Airplane bathrooms are notoriously dirty, so some people inquire about closed system catheters to reduce the risk of infections.
  • If you need to cath in flight, but can’t use the bathroom, your flight attendants will help provide privacy with curtains or blankets.
  • Don’t worry about the increase in air pressure as your plane takes off, your urinary bag will not burst. Air compresses at higher altitudes, but liquid does not.
  • Continue drinking fluids to remain hydrated. Do not avoid drinking water during flights, it could lead to dehydration, infections, and other complications.

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