I admit, I was a bit nervous about the whole Ostomy on Vacation thing. Before we left, there was a great deal of pondering about how many supplies to bring. I read a rumor that the pouch would puff up on the plane (false, guys, false, even the pouches with no filter). I worried that some J-hole would make a big deal at one of the airports.
Overall, I was very glad to have an ostomy. No one hassled me at any of the airports. Completely unwrap and "test" the statue Eric bought? Yes. Not one person wanted a peek at the pouch. They were more concerned with why I had two DVD players. I emptied before I went through security and again before I got on a plane (as needed). I had extra supplies (no scissors of course). It was easy.
In Cambodia, it was no big deal. The only time anyone even saw it was during a massage, and the woman's main concern was whether it hurt. Again, I carried extra supplies with me. Towards the end of the trip, we all got some sort of intestinal thing. It was super nice not to be tied to a toilet. Ostomy pouches are so portable! As long as I could find a bathroom to empty, it was all good.
As far as how many supplies to bring on a trip...I read somewhere to bring three times the amount I would normally need. That amount of supplies was WAY too much, but I wouldn't have wanted to run short on anything. I was glad I had plenty of pouches and wafers.
So if you're considering a vacation, don't let an ostomy hold you back! Vacations rule!!!
Don't miss out on seeing cool stuff like this!!!! :)