Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1 – If you are travelling by plane, train or bus, try to always ensure that you pick an aisle seat, close to the washroom, so that you can easily access it when nature calls.
As a reminder, buses, trains & planes have limited garbage facilities. So, it’s best to plan ahead for this concern and use an adult brief or adult diaper that has a higher absorbency rating (for example an overnight rating), so that you won’t have to change as often. This also works best for those who don’t get any warning signs of an impending void, or if the warning signs don’t come early enough to get to the bathroom.
When looking for adult diapers or adult briefs, make sure you look for hospital grade products, that have the extra features. For example, hospital quality products offer better odor control, more discreet fit, elastic legs, etc, when compared to store bought products. Hospital quality incontinence products are ideal for lengthy journeys.
This tip also applies to those who travel by car for their holidays. While in the US, rest stops can be found very easily on the major highways of the country – other countries don’t necessarily offer this escape route. So, if you are travelling on the back roads of the US, or the highways of Canada, Japan, Australia, etc, you will be better off to use a highly absorbent, hospital grade, incontinence product.
2 – Pack all of your incontinence products into a bag (ie: convenient travel kit). This could be a shoulder bag, a backpack, a business case – you can think of many ways to disguise your ‘adult diaper bag’ so that nobody but you knows that you’ve got your incontinence products with you.
Necessary items for your bag include:
• Extra underwear and outer clothes
• Travel soap and disposable wash clothes or wipes
• Plastic bags for clean and easy disposal (you should be able to find ‘nappy bags’ at your local dollar store in the baby section, or alternatively, you can use ‘poop bags’ for dogs if you can find diaper disposal bags).
• Barrier cream – just in case you need it for any rashes or other skin conditions due to incontinence.
3 – Watch what you eat and drink. If you are travelling for long periods (for example flights, trains, bus trips), limit your liquid consumption prior to your trip and during your trip. However, do not allow yourself to become dehydrated – doing so will cause headaches, nausea, etc.
So, a quick list of those items to avoid are:
- Anything with caffeine (ie: tea, coffee & soft drinks)
- Salty snacks & drinks; such as chips (crisps), peanuts or other nut mixtures, soft drinks, etc,
4 – Plan Ahead. Make the most of your vacation. If you plan on visiting museums, parks, etc, make sure to have a map (usually found at the reception area or visitor’s centers). Identify where the public restrooms are for quick & easy access. Don’t forget to bring your “travel kit” (diaper bag) so you won’t be short of supplies and left in an embarrassing situation.
Always plan for a bathroom break about 30 minutes after meals, when on the road. Also, don’t make any drastic changes to your diet when on holiday, as this could have drastic consequences. Always carry water with you, so you won’t be tempted with caffeinated/salty drinks.
5 – Daily routines. It’s very easy when on holiday to forget your daily routines. With incontinence, that cannot happen. Always make time for your pelvic floor exercises.
Knowing how to properly manage your incontinence by planning ahead – and NOT allowing your incontinence to manage you – will allow you to get out and enjoy your holidays. So, go ahead and start planning your holiday…today!