Traveling doing CIC

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I got roped into going on a 7 day cruise (Carnival) with my wife and daughter and a friend.  I do CIC @4 times a day.  I've heard that cruise ships are notorious for spreading germs.  Also wonder about taking the hydrophilic catheters on board and what that entails.  

I was going to take at least two 30 count boxes of catheters with me in my luggage and, as I saw on another thread, it might be wise to take a copy of my prescription if they x-ray my suitcase and see the catheters inside.  I would think they would be familiar with this situation.  Anyone have experience or knowledge of this?

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    I'd take an extra box for good measure plus a couple of reusable plastic or red rubbers and some lube. I would keep the reusable ones and the lube with you as opposed to packing them. An rx is always a good idea in chance event you are questioned.

    Jim

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    I travel a lot, and have never experienced a problem packing catheters. They probably see them all the time. That being said, as Jim says, have a backup plan, and separate them in case you lose your luggage, etc. Have some in your carryon, and some in your checked bags.
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    Make sure any tube of lube you bring is TSA compliant in terns of size. If they want to be mean, they could confiscate a tube that's too big. Better to take two small ones if necessary.

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    Dont know where your sailing from, but I have done 10 cruises from UK   (southampton ) yes it is a good idea to take prescription......but I have never has a problem with taking on board.   I take enough for 5/6 a day . I take them out of the boxes and distribute the among three cases (in the bottom).  Best of luck, enjoy the cruise !!
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    hi keith, Sounds like a fun trip.Do you have any natural voids? 4 times a day sounds great.I do 6 times a day,don't have any natural voids.Smart to take a prescription and at least 2 boxes of catheters.

    frank,

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    Sounds like a fun trip.4times a day.do you have any natural voids? Prescription like  a good idea.

    frank,

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      Yes, I have some natural voids but they're still pretty pitiful.  typically @ 20 - 40 cc.  I dont drink much water.  Yes, once I get filled up and have that uncomfortable feeling I can usually void a little if I have an urge.  Usually NV more when I get that full but I try to not let it get to the 350 - 400 level so its usually the smaller void when I get an urge.  I think I'm improving.  My last digital exam resulted in my Dr. saying that my prostate was "not that impressive" meaning it wasn't tremendously enlarged which was good news.  I have very little trouble getting an FR 12 hydrophilic inserted.  Thanks for the advice everyone.  7 day cruise to Mexican Riviera should be relaxing.  

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      I guess what prompted me to mention this is that I've heard that cruise ships are notorious for harboring germs.  There's been a couple of incidents where many people on board got sick.  However, I doubt that had anything to do with the bathroom facilities in the rooms.  I use alcohol pads to wipe most of the meatus before inserting.  That is, unless I am able to NV a small amount in which case it seems useless because I'm dripping a little when I insert so it would probably wash away the alcohol anyhow.

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