Vacation is supposed to be a stress-free and relaxing time. But if you’re one of the 25 million North Americans that experience incontinence to some degree, then the thought of traveling for hours by car or by plane to get to your vacation destination can be anything but stress-free and relaxing. Yes, while unintentional urine leakage is never something that’s welcomed with open arms, it can be especially inconvenient while you’re traveling.
But incontinence should never stop you from living the life you deserve. With that being said, here’s a look at some ways to manage incontinence while you’re in the air or on the road.
Book an aisle seat: Traveling by air? The first thing you should do to prep for your trip is reserve an aisle seat. This will make it much more convenient for you to get up and use the restroom while in the air.
Plan pit stops: Driving? Plan regular stops along your route for bathroom breaks. To be safe, stopping and using the restroom once every 90 minutes or so should suffice just fine.
Travel smart: If you’re traveling by air, be sure to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight. This gives you plenty of time to use the restroom before takeoff and ensures you won’t be hurried. Whether you’re traveling by air, rail or road, you can minimize incontinence in many cases by also simply watching what you drink. Stay away from incontinence-triggering drinks like caffeine and alcohol and instead opt for water.
Pack your supplies: If you’re particularly concerned about leakage in transit, there are a number of things you can do to manage symptoms. Simply put, you can pack a change of clothes should leakage occur. For those who experience heavier leakage, incontinence briefs for men or incontinence panties for women are always a safer option. Not to be confused with adult diapers, these types of underwear are similar to normal underwear and can be washed and reused like normal clothing.
Kegel exercises: If you’ve booked your vacation far enough in advance, you might want to start doing Kegel exercises to help build your bladder strength up immediately. In many cases, these exercises can build up the muscles enough that any unintentional urine leakage can be resolved completely.
Management medications: Lastly, prior to your trip you might consider speaking with your doctor about management medications to take. Many are quite effective, and only require taking one tablet per day. However, it’s important to start taking these medications prior to your trip, as it may take time for them to become effective.
Just because you experience incontinence doesn’t mean that you can’t also experience the finer things in life, like vacations. So keep these tips in mind the next time you’re on the go. This way, you’re ensuring the only stress you experience will be flight delays and traffic jams.