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How do you deal with outdoor outings?

Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:01 pm
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Risking long lines and less than ideal bathroom environments, how do you prepare for an outdoor event, like a hike, an outdoor concert, or a beach day?  Any suggestions?

Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:12 pm

Small garden trowel. Dig a hole and bury the evidence. 

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Tue Apr 19, 2022 10:21 pm

I have a colostomy if I eat very little the day before the event..so there is little action..or I just use a bag you can easily remove and put on a new one a couple times a day. Porta a potty are gross but they are better then having a accident . 

Tue Apr 19, 2022 11:07 pm

     I started bringing empty Pringles containers in the car when my kids were little. If anyone was carsick, or had to pee real bad it went in the can. Put the lid on and it was ready for disposal at the next stop. I started packing one with me on day trips and outdoor excursions for emergency empties for my ileostomy. The can stands up making empties a bit easier. The lid goes on for odor control, and the most anyone thinks when you toss it is “good choice in snacks”. You also get to eat the Pringles in the beginning. 😁


Wed Apr 20, 2022 6:42 am

I just always have a backpack of 'supplies' with me at all times. It includes items for a complete change of my pouch/wafer as well as an emergency container with a tight lid, wet wipes, change of clothes, air freshener, plastic garbage bags, etc. Everything but the kitchen sink! ❤️😃


Wed Apr 20, 2022 7:27 am

Oh another thing. My output will get very liquid if I am anxious/nervous and going on new outings usually does the trick. LOL 😬 🙄😁 so I use GEL-X Absorbent Capsules And Deodorizer. They solidify liquid output into a gel. So that buys you some time to find a place to empty.

Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:44 am

A couple gallon freezer zip lock bags and some paper towels in the glove box

Wed Apr 20, 2022 1:06 pm


Anonymous wrote:

I just always have a backpack of 'supplies' with me at all times. It includes items for a complete change of my pouch/wafer as well as an emergency container with a tight lid, wet wipes, change of ...

Sally has the right idea. If I leave the house, so does my back pack. I take enough supplies for at least 2 completes changes.  If it can happen once. . .

On the plus side, as a type 1 diabetic, the pack gives me a place to stash the surprising amount  T1D paraphernalia that also has to go with me.  I guess that's not the biggest plus side ever but you have to appreciate the small things in our situations.


Wed Apr 20, 2022 1:12 pm


StPetie wrote:

Sally has the right idea. If I leave the house, so does my back pack. I take enough supplies for at least 2 completes changes.  If it can happen once. . .

On the plus side, as a type 1 diabetic, ...

I agree... we do have to appreciate the small things. ❤️


Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:05 pm


RaenotRay wrote:

     I started bringing empty Pringles containers in the car when my kids were little. If anyone was carsick, or had to pee real bad it went in the can. Put the lid on and it was ready for dispo...

LOL Rae, this is such a great idea! 🥰 I think my daughter left a couple of empty cans in her room last time she was home. I think I will put them in my car. 😘

Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:30 pm


Anonymous wrote:

LOL Rae, this is such a great idea! 🥰 I think my daughter left a couple of empty cans in her room last time she was home. I think I will put them in my car. 😘

     Thanks Sally! We have a lot of kids that get carsick, so the trick has been around a while. It only made sense when we ended up at a park with no restroom and my bag was “fillin fast.” 😂 I like that the end result isn’t see through. 😁


Thu Apr 21, 2022 4:34 am


RaenotRay wrote:

     Thanks Sally! We have a lot of kids that get carsick, so the trick has been around a while. It only made sense when we ended up at a park with no restroom and my bag was “fillin fast.” ...

The tubes are cardboard? How long would they stand up with liquid in them? I mean if you weren't near a trash can to get rid of them right away? 🤔💩

Thu Apr 21, 2022 4:43 am


Anonymous wrote:

The tubes are cardboard? How long would they stand up with liquid in them? I mean if you weren't near a trash can to get rid of them right away? 🤔💩

Lays make containers for chips that are basically the same as Pringles but made of plastic. 


Thu Apr 21, 2022 4:45 am


AlexT wrote:

Lays make containers for chips that are basically the same as Pringles but made of plastic. 

Thanks, I will see if they are here in Oh Canada. 🍁

Thu Apr 21, 2022 4:50 am


Anonymous wrote:

Thanks, I will see if they are here in Oh Canada. 🍁

They have a foil freshness lining. From experience, they last awhile. 😂


Thu Apr 21, 2022 4:53 am


RaenotRay wrote:

They have a foil freshness lining. From experience, they last awhile. 😂

Good to know! I just remember the smell from week old yogurt containers the kids would leave in the car! So... 😛

Thu Apr 21, 2022 5:03 am


Anonymous wrote:

Good to know! I just remember the smell from week old yogurt containers the kids would leave in the car! So... 😛

😂😂😂 You were doing better than I was . Our car just smelled like French fries. 😂

Sat Apr 23, 2022 10:04 am


RaenotRay wrote:

     Thanks Sally! We have a lot of kids that get carsick, so the trick has been around a while. It only made sense when we ended up at a park with no restroom and my bag was “fillin fast.” ...

I’m cracking up as our 33 yo son was a carsick serpent from birth. And Pringles cans were our safety plan.  Friends would save them for us. Lol. Now he lives in the Rockies and is just as bad as he’s always been. His van and all of his friend’s cars have Pringles cans in them.  😂. I don’t think I’ll tell him of the alternative use yet. 

I did recently do my first empty in the woods on the side of a highway on my first big car ride since surgery. My pouch has two morning fill ups and we left before the second one.  It was so much easier than hanging my butt over a log and taking a messy dump. I did empty into one of the Hollister gray bags from my emergency kit, as I didn’t want to leave the gross mess on the ground. That bag and two baby wipes to the opening and all done. 

Finally I felt gratitude towards my pouch!

Sat Apr 23, 2022 3:04 pm


Itsinthebagnow wrote:

I’m cracking up as our 33 yo son was a carsick serpent from birth. And Pringles cans were our safety plan.  Friends would save them for us. Lol. Now he lives in the Rockies and is just as bad as...

     Haha, I love that you used the hack too! You might scar your son if you tell him our other uses. Haha, in time I guess.

     I’m glad you had a successful road trip empty! All the little successes really add up. ❤️


Sat Apr 23, 2022 8:14 pm


Itsinthebagnow wrote:

I’m cracking up as our 33 yo son was a carsick serpent from birth. And Pringles cans were our safety plan.  Friends would save them for us. Lol. Now he lives in the Rockies and is just as bad as...

That's wonderful Angela. ❤️

Fri Apr 29, 2022 10:15 am

There is no problem with going outdoors with an ostomy. I have traveled around the world with mine and if I needed to empty my pouch I just hid someplace and did it. As a matter of fact, Convatec made a video of me because how I dealt with an ileostomy might help others.

Here is the link to that video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q1KP5wpWugARBh6lb9Zb2mIajMmvEtHh/view

I hope this was helpful to you.

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