10 Travel Tips for IBS

10 Travel Tips for IBS

Your Journey into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

As its name indicates, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome. That is, IBS is a combination of signs and symptoms, but not a disease. IBS is classified as a functional disorder. A functional disorder refers to a condition where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function (the way the body works), rather than an identifiable inflammatory, infectious, structural, or biochemical cause.

Research also indicates that IBS is a multi-faceted disorder. For example, the symptoms of IBS result from what seems to be a disturbance or imbalance in the interaction between the intestines, the brain, sensory function, and the autonomic nervous system that alters regulation of bowel motility (motor function).

The articles on this site are provided to help you to better understand Irritable Bowel Syndrome and your options for relief of these symptoms.

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If you are someone that travels a lot, either for business or pleasure, you won’t want to deal with the flares that occur from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. If you are dealing with IBS, you can find tricks to help monitor and keep your digestive system under control. Following are ten tips for those who are traveling with IBS.

1. Don’t stress. Usually, stress will irritate your digestive system, and cause for IBS to flare. Make sure that you get to the airport on time, have packed ahead of time, and are avoiding any stressful situations that may arise.

2. Consider your method of travel. It may be easier to decide to take a road trip then to fly. However, if you are flying, make sure that you are sitting in the aisle and are close to a restroom. This not only gives you a feeling of being prepared, but also allows you to feel in control, which will prevent stress.

3. Know the available pit-stops. If you are driving, you should pay attention to how close each place is, as well as where you would be able to stop if needed. This will help if your systems begin to flare.

4. Be prepared with lodging. Try to avoid staying in an accommodation that has a shared restroom. You may also want to see if you can arrive early or leave late. This will help you to be able to prepare for the journey.

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5. Bring the medication. Always have your medication at hand when you are traveling that you know will help to calm your system down. Many will travel with an extra prescription bottle to keep in different areas, just in case they forget while they are traveling.

6. Know how to reach your physician. If you run into problems during your travels, have your physician’s number in hand. You may also need to make sure that you have a cell phone that will allow you to access your local area without extra charges.

7. Be prepared for re-fills. If you run out of prescription medicine while on your travels, make sure that you have the re-fill documentation on hand to get more medication. Most local drug stores will be willing to re-fill your bottle away from home.

8. Know what to expect overseas. If you are traveling outside of the United States , be prepared for different types of restrooms. You should know how to ask where the restroom is in the local language, and be prepared for things such as pay toilets.

9. Bring the right foods. If you know that you have IBS, then you may also already know which foods will irritate the symptoms. You can easily prevent IBS during your travels by avoiding the foods that irritate your symptoms, as well as bringing a bag of snacks that help calm your digestive system down.

10. Think of the worst and prepare for the best. By planning ahead on what you need, you can easily enjoy travels and your vacation. The major consideration is to make sure that you have the necessary means to prevent your IBS, and being prepared to react in case it does. This will allow you to enjoy your vacation or travels.

Those with IBS are often times hesitant to travel. However, you can easily enjoy your travels with knowing how to be prepared. There are several smaller steps that you can take to ensure your comfort during your travels and to not let your IBS symptoms get in the way of your time away from home.


Scott Parat has experienced many health problems and writes from an experiential perspective. Visit his website at for many health related articles, solutions and supplies.

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