Travelling for work or leisure can present additional challenges when managing incontinence. The good news is that many of these can be overcome.
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Advance planning and anticipation of problems is important in helping you cope when travelling; for example, thinking through how you can minimise the amount of products you need to take.
Make a checklist in advance of things you might need to take.
Here are some general points to consider when traveling:
Public toilets vary in cleanliness and facilities. Here are some things to take with you which you might find useful to keep clean and fresh:
You may find a urine director useful if you:
Think about your clothing choices when travelling. For example, drop front pants are easy to change if wet without removing trousers. Women may prefer to wear a skirt for easy use of a hand-held urinal or urine director.
How you manage your leakage when travelling will be influenced by the type of accommodation you have. For example, if you rent a house you may be able to use washable products without too much difficulty. If you are camping you are likely to want disposable products.
Try not to worry! People who travel regularly report that most people are sympathetic if you get into difficulty.
*Cut up old towels into small squares and take one for each day with you when travelling. You can the thoroughly clean yourself and throw them away.
Sharing tips is an important aspect of this website. Please click on Contact to leave your 'user tips'.
'Always carry spare pads, underwear and trousers in the car in case of leakage'
'Contact the airline before you fly, I did this and I cannot stress how helpful they were'
'Have an emergency kit for when away from home. The contents will depend on how long you are away. Use a hard plastic container to safely store product when away from home'
'If you are travelling with a companion who is aware of your need for products, put some spares in their luggage – if your luggage is lost you will still have some products available to you!'
'Men’s toilets often do not have disposal bins. Try disability toilets, department stores or museums which may have bins for disposal of nappies and similar “medical” supplies.'
'Some luggage has special built in waterproof compartments which can be used for used products.'
'An alternative to a bin bag is a reseal able food bag.'
'Some cruise ships provide special bags for disposal of catheters and other items which are labelled with a biological hazard sign.'
'For men, carrying a bag can be a problem. If you need a bag to carry products with you, use a bag which matches as much as possible your activity e.g. when at work use a ‘conference’ bag'
'Take/use a hand towel when travelling'
'Public toilets vary widely in facilities provided and cleanliness. Find out if there is a key system for accessing locked toilets e.g. the Radar key scheme in the UK.'
'US toilets often don’t have washbasins so you may wish to take a bottle of water and small towel with you'
'Always look for a hook on which to hang up your bag. However, not all toilets have a hook – be prepared for this!'
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