3 Top Tips for Travelling with Incontinence
Travelling with incontinence can be a stressful daily affair and managing it can cause anxiety.
When we decide to travel, that stress can be exacerbated with the worry of ensuring that incontinence will not be an issue during our trip.
Luckily, there is a range of incontinence products available to assist you with all your travelling needs and a few tricks on how to choose the right ones.
Below, we’ve pulled together some top tips for travelling with incontinence and offer some advice on which products to consider for your trip.
1 - Plan your route effectively
Where commuting is concerned, bladder and bowel sensitivity need to be considered carefully.
For some of us, certain modes of transport might be wholly inaccessible or cause problems, depending on individual needs.
Be mindful of which kinds of travel are most comfortable for you, and how you can plan in advance to ensure that you won’t find yourself in difficulty, should any issues arise.
For short-haul trips, try to reduce your fluid intake to a safe but lower level. Doing so will reduce the number of times you will need the toilet. For long-haul trips, ensure that you are seated as close to a toilet as possible.
Luggage restrictions should also be considered before any flight. Consider whether you need to buy extra luggage to accommodate your supplies and whether any exemptions apply for carry-on.
Coach / car
Long journeys on the road can be quite disruptive for incontinence sufferers since there’s less opportunity to move around, and therefore fewer opportunities for toilet trips.
When planning any road trip, ensure that there will be an appropriate number of stops at service stations with good facilities – or a nearby toilet in relation to your seat, if travelling by coach.
For very long journeys on the road, it might be worth breaking up your travel into two parts, so that you can reduce discomfort.
2 - Research appropriate accommodation and nearby facilities
Wherever you stay, we’d recommend booking a room which has an en-suite, for greater privacy and comfort.
Within your room, you should also have access to other facilities such as bins or laundry service, so that you can dispose of and wash items where required.
You should also liaise with your hosts to check whether protective bedding is available, or whether you might need to bring your own.
Planning activities effectively
For site visits, such as trips to museums, parks or other leisure activities, check the available facilities. After all, a day out will be made very difficult if there are no convenient amenities.
We’d also suggest thinking about whether your itinerary falls in line with your bowel and bladder movements and plan social activities accordingly.
What’s more, cuisine in new places (and especially when abroad) doesn’t always suit an overactive bladder or an upset bowel. Try and look up some of the local restaurants and supermarkets, to ensure that you can acquire the kinds of foods which best suit your health needs.
3 - Think carefully about which incontinence products to pack
Make sure you can take enough of your regular supplies to last the duration of the trip and consider whether making small changes to your usual supplies could help or hinder you.
Disposable versus reusable incontinence products: which is best?
The facilities which can be provided at your accommodation and during your travel should inform you of which products will be best for you.
Clothing that will not obstruct you if you need to make it to the toilet quickly is certainly a bonus.
Weigh up how many layers of clothing you might need depending on the climate of your destination, and how easily or readily these can be removed or changed where needed.
Swimwear is also available explicitly designed with incontinence in mind, so if you’re lucky enough to be heading to a sunny resort this summer, we’ve got you covered!
If you are taking any medication to treat your incontinence, ensure you have enough to last.
If travelling abroad, it’s a good idea to take a doctor’s letter so that none of your medications are restricted or prohibited when you get to airport security or border control.
How to pack
Split your supplies between bags in case one is lost when you’re travelling and have a small personal bag handy for whenever you need to get to a toilet quickly.
Stay savvy, stay safe, and have fun!
If you need any advice or further assistance or would like to enquire about any of the incontinence products we have on offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.