The holidays rank among the most common days for traveling, whether by car or plane. Don’t let incontinence keep you at home or interfere with your travel plans this year.
Here are five tips to help you travel comfortably with incontinence:
Plan bathroom breaks
If you’re driving to your destination, look at the route and find bathroom stops along the way. If you’re flying, find the nearest bathroom by your seats ahead of time online or once you board.
Eat and drink accordingly.
Avoid drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks, since those can irritate incontinence symptoms. Drink water in moderation and try to maintain your normal diet as much as possible.
Bring along incontinence supplies, such as bed pads or incontinence underwear. Be sure to pack a few extra pair of clothes too, just in case of accidents.
Ask for help.
If you are traveling with family or friends and you feel comfortable, tell them about your incontinence. They can help you navigate public restrooms and when to stop. And, if you feel nervous about security checks during travel due to incontinence or your supplies, you can request a private security screening.
Remember this is a holiday trip to see family or friends, so try to enjoy yourself and your company as much as you can!