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Travel with an Ostomy | Lifestyle Video

Laura Cox, LPC
Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
05/09/14  10:29 PM PST

In this travel with an ostomy video, Shield HealthCare’s Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist Laura Cox gives travel tips, including:

  • Getting through airport security
  • What to pack in your carry-on – keep all supplies with you and pack two times as many supplies as  you think you’ll need
  • Why you should try to book an aisle seat

Laura also talks viewers through her experience of what happened to her on her first airline trip she took after getting ostomy surgery. Three months after her surgery, she took a trip and was worried about what would happen when she went through airport security. She decided to tell the TSA officer upon arrival to the security area, and, while TSA agents are supposed to be aware of what an ostomy is, they did not. Laura now recommends not bringing up that you have an ostomy unless you find it necessary.

Click here to read Laura’s full article about traveling when you’ve had ostomy surgery, which includes a packing list.

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Dear Laura, I wear a two piece ostomy bag. I need help with concealing an ostomy bag. When I move around my shirt hikes up and the tip of the bag peeks out from under my shirt.
Hi Tom, I have a few suggestions that may help!
First, I'm wondering if a stealth belt would be a good option for you. This is a black belt that you can conveniently tuck your pouch...



  1. Larry N
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 10:18 am PDT

    “they did now” >> “they did not” ??

  2. Aimee Sharp
    Posted March 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm PDT

    Good eye, Larry! Thanks for the catch – fixed! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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