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Backpacking/Hiking with an ostomy

Thu Mar 24, 2022 8:17 pm
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I have an illeostomy and I hike with a small pack but I’d like to graduate to a big pack with a waist belt so I can hike and pioneer camp.  The only thing is, I’m worried the waist belt will be on my ostomy.  Does anyone backpack and can share their experience?

Thu Mar 24, 2022 11:05 pm

Backpack no but I do carry duck decoys that has a waist belt on the bag. No real issues but I’m usually wearing multiple layers and chest waders. I do have a StomGuard belt and it protects your whole stoma area quite well. You could easily cinch the waist strap from a backpack over it and you’d probably never feel it. Its very comfortable to wear.  

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Sat Mar 26, 2022 5:41 am

Thank you!

Mon Mar 28, 2022 6:34 pm

I have done quite a few multi day back-pacing trips. Most recently three days in Bryce and three days in Zion. I did not have any issues with my pack. I have had my ileostomy for a long time. I adjust my shoulder straps so the belt is comfortable and it is fine. Have fun out there! 

Tue Mar 29, 2022 10:28 am

I hike some and travel by air a bit, always using a backpack as my carry on. I've found over time that I have to wear a hernia support belt (Nu Hope) and a bag support wrap (Ostomy Secrets) and have had no problems. To be fair I am not carrying 60 pound packs on three day hikes so my experience and free advice are worth what you paid for it! :) 

Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:14 pm


BackToCa wrote:

I have done quite a few multi day back-pacing trips. Most recently three days in Bryce and three days in Zion. I did not have any issues with my pack. I have had my ileostomy for a long time. I adj...

I'm not much a hiker but I did do the Subway in Zion about 20 years ago. Hadn't really thought about it for a long while until your post here. Beautiful place. Thanks for the reminder.

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