Ready to fly! (Well, almost…)

In less than 48 hours, my husband and I will be on a plane on our very first trip to Europe. I can’t believe it’s here already. I have been planning this trip for the better part of a year, and it’s crazy to think that it’s actually time to just go for it.

I know you all know how crazy everything has been for me lately, so I’m sorry if I’ve sounded like a broken record. I  knew at the beginning of the year that April and early May were going to be a  busy time with running my half-marathon, planning the CCFA Take Steps Walk and now turning in my final research paper for my grad school class. Very purposefully, I planned to make it through the whirlwind of all that, and then I just wanted to get away. So I planned our trip to start as soon as everything was finished. Thus, we are leaving this Thursday. However, what I did not take into consideration is the fact that I actually need to plan for this trip and I have had no time to really sit down and go through everything and take it all in.

travel suitcaseBut I am getting really excited now, even though I realize how much there is left to do. I spent part of the day talking with the travel agent (yes, I did use one, and yes, they are still relevant, and yes, I’m really glad I did) and letting my credit card companies and phone company know I’m traveling. I haven’t even thought about packing yet. But it’s alright, I have my passport and place tickets and that’s really all that matters.

This is the first major trip I have taken in a long time. When I was 16, I went to Thailand with my church. At 20, I flew to China to study abroad for the summer (had to come back a week later because I was so sick, but that’s a story for another day). And then we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon. The first two trips were completely planned by others and I just had to follow along. And our honeymoon was at an all-inclusive resort, so we didn’t leave the entire time we were there. This will be the first time we are really doing this on our own.

While I’m definitely a little nervous about how everything is going to go and about finding our way around and figuring out how to talk to people, I am so looking forward to some time away from everything and just getting to enjoy a beautiful new country with some real history behind it. I will definitely be posting pictures as often as I can, so follow me on Instagram or Twitter to get the highlights! (I apologize in advance for any annoying food pictures, but I think I might have to! When in Rome… and all that.)

I will definitely be looking forward to filling you all in when in get back, not just about the trip and the country, but this is also my first international trip with my ostomy. I ordered extra supplies this month, just to make sure I have enough. I think I’m going to bring some trash bags for the flight, since it’s about an eight-hour flight. And I’ll definitely pick up a big bottle of water for the plane! And if you have done a big trip like this with an ostomy, feel free to share any tips before I leave!

Now, I guess I better get packing…

2 thoughts on “Ready to fly! (Well, almost…)

  1. Louise

    I love reading your blogs. You’re an inspiration & keep me focused & positive as I am brand new to having an ileostomy! I hope you have a blast in Europe 🙂 x

  2. Marie Colantoni Pechet

    I am not sure what kind of bag you are using – I have one that drains at the bottom. So just a couple of thoughts…..of course, take more supplies than you need! And, as usual, scope out the nearest (and farthest!) bathroom. I most often prefer a less-used bathroom.

    Another note, one time, I emptied my bag into the airplane toilet and then I couldn’t get everything to flush down, no matter how many times I tried. That was awful! So now, I bring little plastic bags with me. I use the bags that my newspaper comes in, but you can use little doggie poop bags or any other little bag. Then if I need to empty the bag someplace like an airplane toilet, I empty it into the plastic bag instead, and then double-wrap the bag.

    I bring a small bottle of scented spray with me to use in a public restroom if I am self-conscious. I also use it in my hotel room. I also bring a little tiny candle for the hotel room in case I feel like that would help with the odor.

    I’ve tried and my kids love it but it doesn’t help as much for my situation as I hoped.

    I’ve travelled from the U.S. to Brazil a couple of times and these tips worked for me, but I am interested to hear what other tips people use.

    Have a really wonderful time! I know that you will find the ostomy a secondary thing on your trip!


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