Are you planning on holiday traveling with catheters? Of course, you want to travel, no matter what type of medical supplies you rely on. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!
For those of you who self-catheterize or are a caregiver for someone who must use intermittent catheters, you may have some concerns about the journey ahead.
We here at 180 Medical want to offer you some tips for your holiday travels.
Top Tips for Holiday Traveling with Catheters
Here are some tips to help you feel more comfortable when holiday traveling with catheters.
Prepare for TSA security when flying.
First, if you’re flying, you should be prepared for the security lines.
Remember the 3-1-1 rule for carry-on luggage. For instance, if you are a tube of catheter lubrication or sterile water for bladder irrigation, you should be able to bring this aboard the plane in a carry-on bag as long as the item is 3.4 ounces or less in volume. Also, your items must fit inside a quart-sized clear plastic zip-top baggie. The TSA only allows one zip-top clear bag per passenger as of the time of publication (2013).
In addition, if you use sterile lubrication packets, you should probably include those in the clear bag.
If you need to bring more liquids, you may want to pack them in checked luggage.
Take enough catheter supplies with you to last your trip.
Before you head out on your trip, count how many times per day you use your catheters and any other medical supplies. Then multiply that by the number of days you plan to be away. Next, include a few more days worth just in case of delays or emergencies.
You want to have enough supplies to be able to last throughout your entire trip.
If you plan an extended stay at your destination, contact 180 Medical. We can ship your supplies to your destination as long as it is anywhere in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.
Shipping your supplies will help free up space in your suitcase for clothes, souvenirs, and gifts. Plus, you will know you have the supplies you need when you need them without worrying about your luggage getting lost or delayed.
Talk to a 180 Medical Product Specialist about trying out a travel-ready catheter.
When you’re traveling, you’re making a lot of stops in public restrooms, hotel rooms, etc., and a sterile environment just isn’t a guarantee!
Consider trying an intermittent catheter that is specifically designed to be “touch-free” and travel-ready, like a closed system catheter or a pre-lubricated catheter (depending on what your insurance covers). Often these catheters also include insertion supplies like antiseptic wipes and gloves to further reduce the risk of UTIs. Give us a call today to discuss your options with one of 180’s trained specialists at 877-688-2729.
For personal tips on airline travel, check out Bill’s article from earlier this year. Bill has been using catheters for years and has plenty of experience traveling as a person in a wheelchair.