IBD Bathroom Emergency Kits

Why You Need An Emergency Kit

Bathroom Sign
When you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), when you need a bathroom, you need it right away. And sometimes accidents happen, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to be prepared with some items you can carry in a kit. Image © Patrick Horton / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images

It's no surprise to anyone with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that clean, well-stocked bathrooms aren't always available. When you go out, you may end up using a bathroom that doesn't have toilet paper or soap, or maybe even running water. That's why it's so important to keep a stash of useful items in a small bag that you can grab and take with you wherever you go. Here's my list of what you need to keep handy so that you can go out and about with some confidence. And most importantly — make sure to restock your kit after it has been depleted! 

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Plastic Baggie

Plastic Bag
A plastic bag can be truly helpful, and they're usually pretty easy to come by. Image © Marzie

A small plastic baggie that seals can help if you need to transport some soiled underwear or could be used to collect trash if there are wipes or other items that you can't flush down the toilet. In a pinch, a plastic baggie can also be used like a glove, to protect your hands. You can put your entire emergency kit in your baggie so that you can pick it up quick and tuck it into your bag or purse. 

Toilet Paper

Toilet Paper
Toilet paper is pretty much a staple for your bathroom emergency kit. Carry as much as you think you might need!. Image © Charles Schug / E+ / Getty Images

It happens frequently that an available restroom is not stocked with paper. You can use all sorts of things in an emergency, but if you have a roll of toilet tissue in your emergency kit — you'll already be set! You may be able to find small rolls of paper in the travel size section of a drug store, but you can also just take a roll from home that's mostly used up, which makes it smaller and easier to carry. When traveling you might want to make room to put an entire roll of "the good stuff" in your luggage.


You don't need a full bar of soap, maybe just a sliver of a bar, or a chunk. Even some liquid soap in a small squeezable container would be helpful in a pinch. Image © Jamie Grill / Getty Images

Such a small thing, soap. It's usually a required item in a washroom, but how many times have you hit the pump only to find that all the soap is gone? And when you need it — you need it! There are many choices for bringing soap along, from putting a bit of liquid soap in a travel container to bringing a little sliver of a bar of soap along with you. Soap can help you out in so many situations, from washing your hands or your bottom to cleaning off a surface like a sink. 

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
A small container of hand sanitizer can really come in handy when you need clean hands but there are no water sources or soap available. Image © Mike Clarke / E+ / Getty Images

Hand sanitizer isn't really a replacement for soap when you need it, but if the situation is really bad and there's not only no soap but also no water, hand sanitizer is the way to go. Killing bacteria (or washing it away) that gets on your hands after using the bathroom is so important to good health. Hand sanitizer can also be used in a pinch after you've used something like a shopping cart, or a library computer, for instance. People with IBD, especially those who may have a compromised immune system, need to be careful to keep the germs away. 

Wet Wipes

Wet Sipes
You might not want to carry an entire package of wet wipes, but a travel pack or even an individually packaged wipe, can be a great addition to your IBD emergency kit. Image © Dorling Kindersley / Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

Carrying at least one wet wipe with you can make all the difference if you're having a bad IBD day. A wet wipe can be used to clean up your bottom, your hands, your clothes, or wipe down anything else that has gotten soiled or dirty. Wet wipes come in neat little travel sizes now that contain 10 or so wipes, and some even come individually packaged so you can just pop one in your pocket.

Extra Underwear

A pair of underwear won't take up much space in your bag, but when you need it, you'll be awful glad that you have it available. Image © Ti-RougE / Moment / Getty Images

An extra pair of underwear can make all the difference after having an accident. Being able to change into a fresh pair can take some of the sting out of what has happened and help you to go about your business with a clean and dry bottom. It can really help you get your dignity back and help you to move on without anyone else being aware that you're dealing with accidents.

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