The idea of travelling and going on vacation should be an exciting feeling. Unfortunately, being away from home for an extended period of time when suffering from adult incontinence can be a challenging experience. Managing your incontinence in unfamiliar conditions can get complicated if you don’t plan ahead and pack properly in the case that an unsuspected need for relief comes your way.
In this article, discover tips to help with adult incontinence and pick up some good habits to start ushering into your daily routine before you take flight or hit the road to your next travel destination.
The most common type of incontinence that adults suffer from when concerned with travelling is Urge Incontinence, also known as an Overactive Bladder (OAB). Urge Incontinence refers to the sudden and unsuspected need to use the washroom throughout the day. Adults who suffer from Urge Incontinence describe not receiving any mental notice of needing to relieve themselves, until the time comes to do so.
To decrease the chance of any unsuspected urges to relieve yourself during inconvenient times throughout your trip, it is recommended to incorporate some of these suggested habits into your daily routine:
- Limit your liquid intake. By doing so, the likelihood of the need to relieve yourself is lessened due to the amount of liquids you are consuming.
- Practice scheduled washroom breaks. Rather than letting your body determine when you need to use the washroom, routinely using the washroom and relieving yourself on your own schedule enables you to be more in control of any sudden urges.
- Try Kegel exercises. Strengthening your pelvic muscles is not only important for helping incontinence, but is also part of a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about Urge Incontinence and the other types of adult incontinence, refer to our article that covers
everything you need to know about wearing adult diapers.
Being out in public more often than usual comes with the territory when travelling and vacationing. Adult incontinence on the go can be troublesome, although with thorough preparation, can be as stress-free as it can be.
With very little space to move, being on an airplane while suffering from incontinence can be one of the most anxiety-inducing situations in life. Thankfully, booking a flight should also give you ample time to consider what you need to do in order to make your trip on an airplane is as comfortable as possible. Follow these tips below to ensure that your prepared for your next flight:
In order to safely make trips to the plane washroom, booking an aisle seat allows you to get up and sit back down whenever you please with less obstructions.
Avoid ordering bladder irritants
Be mindful of bladder-leak triggering foods and beverages while you’re on your flight. Try to avoid the following:
- Carbonated or caffeinated drinks, such as coffee, tea, soda
- Spicy or salty foods
- Citrus fruits, such as oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits
- Tomato products, such as pizza, salsa, pasta
- Alcoholic beverages
That being said, you shouldn’t cut down on fluids altogether – be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout your flight. This is because dehydration can make your urine more concentrated and irritating to the bladder, which increases the risk of unwanted leaks. The trick is to drink just enough water to stay hydrated, so spread out your fluid intake throughout the flight and be mindful of when and what you drink.
Unlike travelling on a flight, driving in a car can make it easier to manage incontinence when on the go. This is also true should you be the driver or travelling with less people. The core benefit of travelling by car is the ability to plan your own route.
While practicing positive habits to help with incontinence, planning your own car trip allows you to choose which pitstops to make and when. Packing properly is still an important part of travelling by car, as well as managing your liquid intake.
Depend® offers adults who suffer from incontinence a range of products for men and women which also come in a range of sizes to choose from. Each Depend® product was designed with the user in mind to allow them to go through their everyday life without worrying about incontinence, especially when travelling.
When on the go, the Depend® Protection with Tabs incontinence briefs are ideal for quick changes in confined spaces such as the airplane washroom, or the public stall. More notable designed for easy changes while sitting, lying down, or standing, Protection with Tabs is a great alternative for users who are looking to change quickly in publicly used washrooms.
For more information about Depend® products, explore the collection of adult incontinence products to find the right protection for you.
Kimberly-Clark Canada makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. This information should be used only as a guide and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice.