Hiking with an Ostomy Bag in Cold Weather


Evening all, I'm from upstate New York and winter is coming!! Just got an ostomy bag a week ago and was wondering if anyone has hiked in cold weather with their bag. I mean cold, like 30 degrees below zero! Worried it may freeze?


Nope, it has never frozen, even though I was so cold and could hardly set up camp.

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Awesome! Sounds like you went for multiple days, but I would only be out for 7-9 hours for a day trip.


An ostomy bag shouldn't freeze as it's held close to the body. If it does freeze, you've got bigger problems.


Other body parts will freeze first

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Bag won't freeze. I was out duck hunting last winter with wind chills well below zero. The only issue I had was my chest waders froze so I couldn't lower them to empty my bag. Glad nobody was around to watch my dumbass fight that. ???????????

Never had a problem hiking at high altitudes in Utah winters.
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Hi all, here in N. Mich., we get a lot of snow, so out come the snowshoes. When you're walking with them on, you get quite sweaty, so no chance of the bag freezing up.


Thanks, you are correct. I snowshoe also and it uses a lot of energy. I've stripped down to a t-shirt because I was sweating so much even though the temps were well below freezing.


I would ask the same about getting in a hot tub, does the adhesive melt???


No, lots of people on here do it. If it is tight on land, it will be tight in the hot tub. Just follow the rules.

There are rules in a hot tub??

Isn't it only 10 minutes at a time. No diving. No food.


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The bag will be fine but you'll be frozen