Tackling incontinence the right way
Suffering from incontinence and not confident about traveling this holiday season? Don’t get hassled; you’re not alone. 29% of people between the ages 60-70 experience urinary leakage when sneezing, coughing, or laughing. Moreover, 15 million adult women in the U.S. suffer from stress urinary incontinence. While urinary leakage can lead to embarrassment and frustration, there are smart ways to manage the problem and travel stress-free. Whether you’re planning a road trip with family or a vacation at the beach, you don’t need to worry about incontinence-related issues anymore. In this post, we’ll discuss 5 useful tips to efficiently manage incontinence while you’re traveling.
5 effective tips to tackle incontinence while you’re traveling this holiday season
Let’s now look at 5 helpful tips to help you sail through the holiday season vacation easily, without letting incontinence bother you or the people around you.
1. Stock your incontinence products well before time
This one’s a no-brainer. Whether you use an incontinence diaper or incontinence underwear, make sure you stock the products in advance. It’s always better to have extra items in stock. If you typically use two pack of diapers a week, carry four. Planning ahead of time can help you manage incontinence without depending on others or getting frustrated while you’re traveling.
2. Ensure easy access to the restroom
Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, make sure you have quick access to the restroom. Don’t try to restrict urine flow; it can lead to a urinary tract infection. If you’re traveling by car, make sure the route you choose has plenty of stops and restrooms. If you’re traveling by plane, discuss your problem with the staff so that you don’t have to stand in long queues to access the restroom.
3. Get dressed accordingly
If you want the journey to be comfortable and stress-free, wear clothes that are dark-colored and absorbent, and don’t show urine leakage. Moreover, absorbent clothes do not cause any odor. Carry clothes that are easy to wash and maintain. Carry a couple of extra clothing sets.
4. Limit your liquid intake
This point is only applicable to the ‘journey,’ not your entire vacation. If you don’t want to make frequent stoppages and visit the restroom, limit your liquid intake. That doesn’t mean ‘stop drinking water altogether.’ You don’t want to get hydrated, right? Avoid consuming caffeinated beverages as they can lead to dehydration.
5. Stay away from potential triggers
Some beverages and foods can irritate your urinary bladder and cause urine leakage. These include:
- Sugary foods
- Spicy foods
- Fried foods
- Processed foods
If you already have a list of items that trigger incontinence, make sure you avoid them as much as possible.
Don’t let incontinence stop you from enjoying the holiday season.
Now that you know 5 useful ways to effectively manage incontinence while you’re traveling, you can follow them and enjoy your vacation. Planning ahead of time, avoiding triggers, and limiting liquid intake are the three most important things that you must follow to be at ease during the journey.