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Is there a right way to travel with incontinence?

Do you love travelling but feel incontinence stops you from doing it as often as you would like? Read on for tips on how to make your next travel experience a more enjoyable one.
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Get dressed for success

Choosing the right outfit to travel in can help a lot. Clothes that are comfortable reduce pressure when sitting. Planning your trip with clothes and incontinence products that are easy to change will also make life easier when changing in cramped airplane restrooms or airport toilet cubicles. 

Don't just survive, thrive!

Preparing and having a survival pack will help you thrive during your travels. You know your needs best, but this might include a handy travel kit with: 
  • Spare underwear 
  • Incontinence products 
  • Wet wipes 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Colored plastic bags (to discreetly dispose of used items if no garbage bin happens to be available) 
 
It’s also a good idea to bring a few more incontinence products than you think you’ll actually need. This will allow you to confidently manage any challenging moments that may arise. 
 
And if you find yourself on a long flight, you may thank yourself for packing the more absorbent version of the product.  

Do the detective work

Knowing where you are going is one thing. Knowing exactly where the toilets are once you arrive is another. For example, a simple map of the airport could make all the difference, and most are available online. Same goes for tourist attractions (three-hour queues are a whole lot easier when you know where the toilets are). Going long distance by car? Google Maps can show you where to find each rest stop along the way. You can even find toilet apps that help you locate restrooms in various cities.  

Drink well, feel well

Overthinking your liquid intake is never fun, especially if you’re going away for Christmas or some other holiday that includes a lot of food and drink. But avoiding liquids that can irritate the bladder — such as coffee, alcohol and energy drinks — might be a big help. This doesn’t have to mean cutting out your favourite drinks completely, just take it in moderation to play it safe.  

Timing and seating

Avoid drinking too much right before you travel. And if you are going by plane or train, always, always, reserve an aisle seat. If possible, you should also choose a seat that is a comfortable distance from the restrooms.  

Preparation and advice

When it comes to dealing with bladder leakage and travel, your healthcare professional can give you tips and advice based on your needs. Certain medications (such as diuretics) may exacerbate incontinence effects. On the other hand, there are prescription medications that can make some of the symptoms of overactive bladder less severe. Some of these may take a while to start working, so remember to talk to your doctor in good time. 

Keep yourself active

If you are already on a trip, the best thing you can do is to try and keep active. You could try Kegel exercises, you could get up and stretch your legs, or go for a walk if it's possible. Wearing compression stockings when flying can also be a good idea. Keep your body moving and your blood flowing, and you’ll probably be more comfortable.