The dream backpacking trip that you’ve been planning for ages is finally booked. Does the idea of backpacking fill you with excitement? It should if you are an avid camper or backpacker. But some people suffer form stomach syndromes like irritable bowl syndrome that keep them from seeing the world. However the idea of camping with IBS can be a stressful enough to cause someone not to camp all together. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning your trip and allow individuals living with IBS to explore their surroundings with less worry about potential health issues.


Packing Your Bag

When backpacking your pack back is your life. You carry your food, clothing, toiletries and everything else you need all on your back. When packing, being prepared is everything, it is important to remember everything you will need to deal with your IBS. Depending on the duration of your trip will depend on how much you bring and how much room you can spare. When dealing with IBS or any other stomach issues it is important to bring enough supplies. Toilet paper, medication, proper food and even a camp shovel, should all be checked and tripled check before leaving on your adventure.

Check List

Here are a few things you should think about before going on your trip.

  • Take enough medications along. Ensure that you have enough IBS Medication for the whole trip, and take extra, just in case something happens. Probiotics and prebiotics are good things to bring along.
  • Bathroom check. Be sure to check and see if camp sites will have restroom or if you will be creating your own. When backpacking, most of the time you will be digging your own, but it is still good to check before.
  • Talk to your doctor. Talk to your doctor before going on an extended camping trips. Your doctor knows best and can make helpful recommendation to make your backpacking trip better.
  • Create a Bathroom Kit. Keep the kit with you and include things like extra undergarments, hand soap, toilet paper or wet wipes, and plastic bags, just in case you encounter a bathroom that is not stocked properly or you have to make your own.


You definitely don’t want to be caught in the woods without your shovel and toilet paper. These tips may lessen the stress that travel can bring, and the potential for a stress-related IBS. For more information about IBS and other issues contact