Keeping items like toilet paper and a bathroom access card close at hand can help in case of an accident or emergency when you’re away from home.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain and cramping, diarrhea, and a sudden urge to go the bathroom. UC flares can be unpredictable, which may understandably lead to anxiety about traveling or being away from home.

However, having UC doesn’t mean you can’t go on a vacation, spend a night out with friends, or enjoy a weekend getaway. The key is to be prepared in case you experience a UC flare or an accident.

If you’re going on a weekend getaway or an extended trip, start gathering the below items 6 to 8 weeks ahead of time to make sure you can get everything you need. Medications, access cards, and doctor’s notes, for example, may take some time to gather.

While your exact needs depend on where you travel and the length of your stay, consider the following nine must-haves for managing UC while on the go.