Traveling with Incontinent Loved Ones
Summer is a time for road trips and family vacations. Check out tips on how to enjoy your time away from home with your friends and family without worrying about the urine leakage.
The most important part of good incontinence care is to ensure both the physical and emotional comfort of your loved one, and the key to this is using the products that provide maximum care and prevent the negative side effects that incontinence can cause. Things like leaks, waking to a damp mattress or skin irritation have physical, emotional and time-consuming consequences.
That means being prepared, especially if you have bladder weakness. Often during travel, it’s easy to stray from your typical routine. So, it’s important to have a plan in advance to ensure that you’re vacation goes as smooth as possible. From packing tips to travel advice and everything in between, we have your summer escape guide covered. That also means tips on how to stay dry. The last thing you want to worry about during your long awaited getaway is a pesky leak!
Taking care of someone with incontinence doesn’t mean you have to be overcome with unexpected challenges. We’ve complied time-tested strategies that can help you keep your loved one comfortable in every situation you can think of. Here are a few tips to help your loved one feel at ease, and be ready, about the incontinence throughout the year from caregivers who’ve been there.
- Book an aisle seat: We’ve all been there, trapped in the dreaded middle seat. To avoid having to climb over the person next to you just to go to the bathroom, book an aisle seat. That way, if you feel an urge, you can simply get up and go. Also, it’s much easier to stretch your legs. Just watch out for the food cart!
- Arrive early: Traveling by air? Be sure to get to the airport nice and early. Not only will you avoid stressful line-ups and rushing, you’ll have time to locate and use the bathroom in peace.
- Bring a neck pillow: On a plan or in a train or car, you’re best friend can be a neck pillow. It keeps your head from swaying to either side and makes for much more comfortable naps
- Watch what you drink: Stay away from leak-triggering fluids like coffee and alcohol. Instead, be sure to stay hydrated with water. Dehydration leads to concentrated urine, which can in turn irritate the bladder.
- Void before you board: Be sure to empty your bladder before you board your flight or before you kick-off your road trip. This will make your life much more comfortable during travel.
- Travel with a travel blanket: Flights can get pretty chilly. Lightweight travel blankets can keep you warm and double as a scarf!
- Plan pit stops: If you’re hitting the open road, make sure to plan out scheduled stops before hand. Try planning stops for every 90 minutes or so. This should keep your mind at ease and ensure you have access to a bathroom as needed. No need to pull over on the side of the road!
- Self-inflating seat cushion: Keep from cramping on a long trip with a self-inflating cushion. Simply twist a valve and you have a cloud-like cushion for your bottom. Your fellow travelers will envy you.
- Stay entertained: Whether you’re in the car, on the train, or on a plane, it can be hard to pass the time. But not to worry, we’ve got some creative ways to keep your attention and in turn, make time fly during travel: