Adult Male rushing through movie theater hallway to the bathroom, while tossing out popcorn bucket as poo pouri and spare underwear comes from his bag.

5 Tips for Going to the Movie Theater with IBS

Inevitably, as life begins to resume back to normal, activities like going to the movie theaters are beginning to become a reality again. Of course, depending on where you live, you may still have to wait to see a movie in a theater, but in my city, this has already become a reality.

In addition to adhering to each theater’s guidelines of safety during this pandemic, it’s important to be prepared for your movie experience as someone with IBS. Let’s face it, symptoms love to hit at any moment, so being prepared for the worst is essential.

Tips for going to the movie theater with IBS

I end up in the movie theater a lot because my boyfriend is a movie fanatic. So I have come to learn a thing or two to help me enjoy the experience. Here are some tips I follow:

1. Stay away from popcorn

This is probably the hardest thing to do because the moment you enter the lobby of a theater, you are aroused by the delightful smell of buttery, fresh popcorn. It is a staple for movie-goers: get popcorn and a soda, duh! Well, not the smartest thing to do with someone suffering from IBS. So stay strong, and don’t give in to the temptation. Popcorn can irritate the gut and we don’t need any of that during our movie.

2. Bring your own snacks

Some people frown against this, but in my opinion, I think it’s fine. Nowadays, so many of us have digestive issues and allergies that I don’t think it should be an issue to bring your own food. But, I do realize most theaters are against this.

So, I suggest bringing an appropriately sized purse that can house your goods and can be hidden under a wallet and other junk that tends to accumulate in our purses. And make sure you place your food at the very bottom in case they check the inside of your bag.

3. Use the restroom halfway during the previews

Okay, I know, the previews are always fun to watch, but we have to be strategic here. Previews last for about 20 minutes. So, I suggest 10 minutes in, head to the restroom so mentally you feel fine to be sitting for the length of the movie.

4. Be strategic with where you sit

There was a time in my movie-going experience, where I had a flare during a movie. It was horrible. I must have gotten up to use the restroom about four to five times. And to make things worse, I was sitting in the middle and had to bother people to get out.

I know it isn’t ideal, middle seats are the best, but in our case, it’s wise to sit at the end. You can get up no problem to use the restroom in case urgency hits and bother no one along the way.

5. Have an emergency kit with you

And lastly, this is standard. In your purse, always have the essentials in case of an accident. Underwear, wipes, pads, Poo Pourri spray, and anything else you may need. I never leave home without these items, they live in my purse.

How about you? Any other tips you have for heading out to the movie theater while dealing with IBS? Share below, let’s chat.

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