The prospect of traveling can be daunting when you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Will you be able to eat the foods? Will your tummy behave? What if you need the bathroom while you’re in the airport security line? These are questions that may have crossed your mind.
Pain, constipation, diarrhea, constant trips to the restroom… No doubt, the struggle is real when you’re living with IBS. Fortunately, when you need to travel, there are things that you can do to minimize the discomfort and embarrassment, setting you up for a good trip.
Here are 13 tips to make traveling with IBS more tolerable…
After making your travel arrangements, take some time to mentally prepare your body for the upcoming trip by visualizing yourself successfully handling any challenges that you might face.
A good way to do this is by sitting in a quiet place, closing your eyes, and walking yourself through the trip in your mind. Then, open your eyes and devise a plan for handling worst-case scenarios.