Traveling with IBD

I've been traveling this past week for business and to visit with some old friends. I know I've given some advice here and there about traveling but forget just how many little "adjustments" I make while away from my familiar surroundings.

It starts the day before I embark on a trip - I was flying but most of the changes I make apply no matter what mode of transportation I take. I tend to eat a little more lightly and carefully the day before a trip. I don't take risks with what I eat nor do I try anything new before traveling. I usually eat a dinner with baked chicken and white rice and don't even risk eating a vegetable - most of the time veggies are okay for my gut but there is that possibility that a veggie will upset things, and I don't need to be running back and forth to the loo ‘cause I ate too much asparagus the night before.

The day of travel I usually have a scrambled egg for breakfast and a couple glasses of water before leaving my house for the airport. Eggs are a pretty safe food for me and will provide me with some protein for my day ahead. The rest of the day I just don't eat - I don't risk it. I drink water in order not to get dehydrated and of course, by the time I get to my destination I'm usually starving but I don't eat anything while actually traveling - at least on domestic flights. If I fly internationally I have to eat because it's risky not to eat for eight+ hours so I plan ahead and take along foods I know I can eat without a problem and that will travel well - this used to be easier when you could travel with liquids because then I would take along a bottle or two of Ensure and even a couple of yogurts in an insulated bag, but its currently not allowed.

This past Saturday I met some friends for dinner who I hadn't seen for nearly 12 years before my IBD problems existed. Thankfully my friends are kind and understanding people and only asked a question or two about why I wasn't drinking wine nor eating the salad or pate' that had been ordered for the table. I simply explained that I have a colon disease and that there are just certain things that I can no longer eat or drink. Everybody seemed satisfied with my answer and moved onto another discussion.

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