A woman reaches into her purse, where you can see items illuminated as if in an x-ray: pantiliners and pads, baby wipes, peppermint oil, Poo-pourri, and an extra pair of underwear.

5 Things I Keep In My Purse During an IBS Flare

Going through an IBS flare is no joke. The urgency and pain are debilitating and the thought of heading somewhere in public in the midst of experiencing symptoms can lead to incredible bouts of anxiety.

What if there isn’t a bathroom?

Will it be crowded?

What kind of food will be offered?

Will I have the energy to keep up?

One thing I’ve learned is that the more we prepare for the worse, the better off we will always be. So in lieu, of experiencing my fair share of public accidents, I now travel with a couple of essentials to help get me through what could be some of the most embarrassing moments IBS has to offer.

Here are 5 essentials I keep in my purse at all times during an IBS flare:

Baby wipes

I always have baby wipes with me so that whenever the urgency hits I am prepared. I use a travel-sized pack that fits conveniently inside my bag and it also helps keep my anxiety low knowing if I go into a stall that doesn’t have toilet paper, I am still covered.


This is such a necessity. Whenever I am in a flare, I always have on either an Ultra-thin Pad or liner just in case I don’t make it to the restroom in time. These products have become such a great tool for me to use. They are thin enough to not feel like you are wearing a full-on diaper, but they also offer enough protection if you have a small accident.


For years now, I always have a clean pair of underwear with me in my purse. You never know if you need to change and having one on you is key to making a bad situation not so bad. It is even best to have a change of clothes in your car in case a really bad accident occurs.


I love this product. It is a spray before you go freshener. I keep a travel-sized one in my purse for the moments that I use the restroom in public. I enjoy the variety of options in scents and I like that the travel size is perfect for those moments on the go.

Peppermint Essential Oil

This has become a stable in my IBS journey. Peppermint essential oil is amazing at calming a spastic colon. It also helps alleviate nausea, bloating, gas pains, diarrhea, and constipation. I have a 5-ml bottle with me in my purse and whenever I need to use it, I apply directly to my abdomen.

Just as a side note, not all essential oils are made to be applied topically. I buy expensive therapeutic oils for this purpose because I use them daily and want the therapeutic benefits. So if you are interested in using oils to help with IBS symptoms, definitely do your research and make sure the oil you buy is of therapeutic grade and can be applied topically.

And there you have it: 5 things I keep in my purse during an IBS flare. What about you? What do you always have on hand when out in public during a flare? Comment below.

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