Due to its very nature, IBS can sometimes cause bathroom emergencies. It is common to worry about having an soiling accident, particularly if you have experienced some "near misses" in the past. As the stress related to this worry can contribute to the very symptoms you are concerned about, it is helpful to feel that you will be prepared for whatever situation you might encounter.
It would be well worth your while to pack the following items in a small bag that you keep close at hand wherever you are. Do not think that by doing this you are giving in to your IBS. Rather, you are acknowledging that you suffer from a disruptive health condition for which a little preparation goes a long way toward helping you to feel relaxed and confident as you go about your daily life.
Your IBS Survival Kit should include the following items, some of which are simply back-ups in the event you encounter a poorly stocked restroom:
- Imodium - A relatively safe remedy that provides enormous peace of mind.
- Toilet paper
- Wet wipes
- Antibacterial soap
- Instant Hand Sanitizer
- Alcohol swabs for cleaning your cell phone
- Adult incontinence or sanitary pads, for extra security
- Change of clothes
- Portable toilet (a useful option for long car rides)
DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment rendered by a licensed physician. It is essential that you discuss with your doctor any symptoms or medical problems that you may be experiencing.