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Transporting your ostomy supplies

Posted by dls, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:00 pm

OK, now that I am learning to use all this stuff, I am keenly interested in what you carry and how you carry it.  I am small woman who likes a smallish handbag. When I carry a large handbag, sachel or tote I look like I'm hauling luggage. Again: what do you carry, how do you carry it?  I would like to hear from men as well as woman as they usually only have pockets, unless they carry a man-purse (would not suggest it in these parts). Thanks!

Reply by panther, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:26 pm

I fold 1 bag in half and keep it in my pocket,  it's seen me right for 30 years


Reply by xnine, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:33 pm

I put everything in a sandwich size zip lock, one in my jacket and one in my wife's purce. When traveling I have a Hollister pouch with everything that I leave in the car during the trip.

Reply by dls, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:38 pm

Panther, does thatmean you always wear a two-piece?

Reply by panther, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:42 pm

dls, No I use 1 piece drainable


Reply by mild_mannered_super_hero, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:04 pm

i carry an "emergency kit" in both the car and the truck, i use the small fanny pack type thing to keep it in. dont forget to rotate the supplies out of there a few times a year. if i am doing outdoor activities i carry an extra cap, fold it in two paper towels, and then folded as small as is practical in one the plastic bags that are supplied in most ostomy supplies. folded neatly and scotch taped shut i stick it in either front or back pocket, or the cargo pocket on cargo pants.

Reply by dls, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:27 pm

Panther,does that mean you may have to chang your entire appliance somewhere besides home. A one piece cannot change bags.  Do you use SALTS products?

Reply by Angelicamarie, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:25 pm

dis... I am a small Woman, unlike you I carry a tote..   I carry 2 small make-up bags. One includes two pouches, skin Barriers and rings. The other a small can of deorizer spray along with baby oil and disposable gloves.  I always have a change of clothes in the trunk of the car if needed.

Take care




Reply by Mrs.A, on Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:02 pm

Since my earliest years of having a stoma I kept extra clothes in my car, change of supplies at work and always a small emergency change in my purse, just the essentials. It has been sometime since I ever had to use any of them but I like to be prepared.

Reply by Bill, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:50 am

I have always travelled 'light' with no extras or safeguards. However,in the light of recent events, I may have to revise my approach and consider what I might need in an emergency. Up to now, I carry my phone and my wife will bring stuff to me pretty quickly if I ever needed it. Since having a stoma, this situation has not arisen but before that it was a regular occurrence that I would need a complete change of clothing. Far too much to carry around! 

Best wishes


Reply by Puppyluv56, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:13 pm


i do not like carrying a large bag either. I have a small makeup type bag that fits in most any small purse. I have taken pictures of what I have and what all it holds. In this little bag is 2 pouches, two barrier strips, a slim barrier, two adhesive remover pk, one deodorant/lubricant pk, two baggies for discarded bag, two pantie liners, filter covers And a spare pair of panties. I also carry a small pack of baby wipes in my purse but not necessary if you have access to a private restroom. Everything I could possible need in a small space and never have anxiety about being without supplies! 


Reply by knotagain, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:17 pm

For people who put their supplies in a ziploc bag--how do you keep things like the wafer or barrier strips from getting bent or damaged? I need something about the size of the wafer, something with stiff sides like metal or hard plastic to keep things safe. The travel kits I got from Coloplast, Convatec, and Hollister when I first got my ostomy are useful, but are larger than I'd like for most purposes. I was thinking something like those metal tins the AOL trial CDs came in but a little larger. Is there anything like that out there?

Reply by bigal1579, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:19 pm

I don't carry any extra supplies and have never needed them.

The only exception is that I tuck a 1 ounce bottle of deodorizer in my pocket, wrapped in a baggie so it doesn't leak, if I will be in a situation where odors after emptying might be obnoxious to others, like on an airplane or visiting someone's house.  Alternatively, some breath mints, which are even simpler to carry, will also do the trick.

Your tolerance for carrying things can easily change and become more relaxed if you go awhile and see you never need the supplies.

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:36 pm

For ladies I imagine the dollar store would carry small makeup bags or travel kits for men. I get mine, that I pictured, here from Ipsy. I get 5 trial sizes of makeup every month and a new little bag! They are great because I only need one so once I take the samples of makeup out, I fill them with sample sizes of soap, shampoo, razors, feminine needs, mouthwash, toothpaste and any other hygiene things I can find and give them to the homeless around Christmas time. The wrapping it is mailed in also useable for the same thing for the guys with like products. 

Love reusing things!



Reply by collie123, on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:37 pm

I use a small freezer bag with emergency supplies.   I aso have a childrens snack bag which also does the job just as well. As I drive I have a shoping bag with a change of clothing, small towel plus all the kit. If on foot I have a rumpsack with the above. A dress T shirt+ leggings is very thin and portable. The key for me is if anything goes wrong; I am prepared. Peace of mind.

It is a drag. It reminds me of my new status (March 21st 2018) but I feel safe.

Hope this helps.


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