Traveling with Incontinence

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Traveling with Incontinence
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Anticipating a vacation should include excitement; however, when coping with incontinence, the thought of traveling may bring about feelings of dread. The main objective of a vacation is to enjoy the sights and refresh your mind and body. Don’t let incontinence stop you from some much-needed rest and relaxation. Instead, plan and prep for the break you deserve without the worry.

Plan Ahead
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Plan Ahead

Whether you are traveling via plane, train or automobile, planning for bathroom breaks is crucial with incontinence. Map out the trip ahead of time and note all opportunities to make a stop. When traveling on a plane or train, choose an aisle seat for easy access to restrooms. Pack protective undergarments as a precaution.

Consult With Your Doctor
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Consult With Your Doctor

Before traveling, it’s important to seek the advice of your physician. Ensure that you are in good health to travel and inquire about incontinence medications that may ease the change in your schedule. Keep in mind that many medications must be in your system weeks before you travel, so plan accordingly.

Pack a Travel Kit
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Pack a Travel Kit

Take preventative measures to ease your mind while traveling. Pack a travel kit that includes pads and liners, extra undergarments, outer clothes, hand wipes, travel soap and plastic bags for easy disposal. Toss these items into a carry on bag or a backpack so that they are easily accessible in case of a bathroom emergency.

Curb Your Diet
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Curb Your Diet

Certain foods, such as carbonated drinks, spicy foods, alcohol and sugar, can make incontinence worse, says Alyce Adams, New-York based registered nurse and founder of KegelQueen.com. Curb your diet while traveling to minimize moments of incontinence. When dining-out options are limited, plan for it, says Adams. “Understand that you may be more likely to leak that day and plan your day accordingly,” she says.

Map out Touring
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Map out Touring

If you’re anxious to see the Grand Canyon or shop hours on end at the Mall of America, be aware of restroom locations before you get to your destination. When visiting attractions, map out your itinerary and incorporate frequent bathroom stops into your day. The National Association for Continence also provides a bathroom locater at NAFC.org

Drink Plenty of Water
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Drink Plenty of Water

Although many people with bladder control issues reduce liquids to ward off the need to urinate, less liquids may result in highly concentrated urine that irritates the bladder surface, according to the National Association of Incontinence. Highly concentrated urine may encourage bacteria growth and leakage. Continue to hydrate with H2O while visiting your favorite vacation spots.

Navigate Foreign Travel
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Navigate Foreign Travel

Traveling internationally can get tricky if you do not know how to find public restrooms. Before stepping foot on international territory, learn the words for “toilet” or “restroom” and know how to pronounce them. Many toilets in foreign countries charge a fee, so make sure that you have change on hand to use the facilities.

Take Control
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Take Control

When struggling with incontinence, it may seem like your bladder controls your life. However, it doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying daily activities and visiting your favorite hot spots. Discuss treatments with your physician, plan ahead and prepare yourself physically and mentally for much-needed breaks when traveling so that you can soak up the fun at the beach, mountains or city.

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