How to prepare when flying with a bowel condition
If you are suffering from a bowel condition please follow the steps below to help you prepare for your flight.
Inform your airline
It is advised that you inform the airline you’re flying with in order to leave enough time before your trip. If you use an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, you can ask them that you will require wheelchair assistance, you can find out more about how to organise that here.
Check with your doctor
If you need prescribed medication for your bowel condition, it's advised that you speak to your doctor about taking medicine on a plane at least two months before you fly off. They can recommend you about any special arrangements that you may need to make, as well as give you important documents that state you can consume your medication.
Check your insurance
It is recommended that you check your current level of medical insurance in regards to your health condition. If you aren't fully covered, it's important to then look for an upgrade in order to cover yourself in any event.
Pack your own food
It's recommended that with this condition to pack your own food and snacks so that your condition doesn't worsen. Remember to follow the airport security protocols when it comes to packing your own food such as liquid on your flight. For more information on what you can and can't pack see our guide here.
Select your Seating
It is advised that you check you book a seat which is easily accessible such as the end of ailes seat so you can pop to the toilet. Also, it's recommended to book a seat close to the toilets. Look to upgrade your seat to offer you that little extra comfort and ease for your condition. To learn how you can book your seats click here.
Bring enough medication
In most cases, your doctor will find you a medication so that you don't feel sick or have chronic symptoms. Medication such as anti-diarrhoea tablets will help you not to use the bathroom as much during your flight and people with this condition also travel with antibiotics to reduce the pain. Ensure that you remember to take enough medication as prescribed in order to last you throughout your journey, as well as sufficient amount for two to three days use upon arrival. The rest should be packed away in the hold luggage. Pack your medication in your hand luggage so that they are available for inspection by the airport security officers.
Ask for Assistance
Your condition may require you to be wheelchair-bound and to get around the airport and board the plane. For this, you'll need to inform your airline as soon as you can. They'll be able to provide you with a wheelchair service from both ends of your journey and there normally is not an added charge for this service meaning it's free of charge.