The weather is beautiful, the country is opening and people are beginning to look forward to traveling again. Trips to see family and friends and vacations have many excited. However, the idea of traveling makes others anxious.
To those who suffer from urinary incontinence, traveling can cause stress. The fear of leakage and accidents is often enough to convince many to stay at home.
That said, there are several things those who suffer and their loved ones can do to make travel seem less overwhelming and ultimately possible. Below we are sharing seven tips for traveling with incontinence.
Consult With Your Physician
If you suffer from incontinence, your physician should know. They can help determine the cause of your issues; incontinence is often a symptom of other health problems. Share with your doctor that you are planning to travel and ask for advice. There may be things you can do to make your trip more comfortable including prescription medication.
Plan Your Route
This is especially important if you plan to travel by car. You don’t want to go long stretches without access to a restroom. Take the time to map out your route, identifying rest stops along the way. Knowing that frequent breaks are scheduled can help alleviate the worry of not being able to find a bathroom. Technology makes planning simple.
Eat and Drink Smartly
If you know you are going to travel, eat wisely making sure to avoid foods that tend to irritate your bladder. This may mean skipping coffee and soft drinks. Additionally, avoid alcoholic beverages and even chocolate. That said, make sure you drink water when you travel. Dehydration can be irritating to the bladder.
Reserve a Seat
Should you be using public transportation (like a plane or train) reserve an aisle seat. This will allow you easy and fast access to the restroom without worrying about disturbing those around you. If you know you won’t be bothering your seatmates, you likely will be less anxious.
Make sure you wear easy, comfortable clothing when you travel. If you need to access a bathroom quickly, you don’t want to be fumbling with lots of buttons, snaps, and zippers. Also, consider using personal protection to guard against leaking and wear dark colors in case of an accident. They hide more.
Plan for Emergencies
It’s always wise to carry an extra outfit (including undergarments) when traveling “just in case”. Make sure your emergency outfit is easy to access (not in a checked bag) so it’s available when and if you need it. Don’t forget to bring extra personal protection too, especially if you are flying and have checked bags. You want to make sure you have extra clothes and that you can get them when needed.
Consider Incontinence Products
There are a host of products available today to help you when traveling. Consider car seat covers to protect your automobile. Having one on the seat can provide peace of mind when driving. The wide array of personal protective products can also reduce worry and stress.
Vacationing or traveling to see friends and family is one of life’s great joys. One that should simply not be missed. Consider the suggestions listed above. With a little bit of preplanning, you can reduce the stress associated with traveling when you suffer from incontinence and enjoy your time away from home.
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