5 Tips for Traveling with IncontinenceFeb 2,2015
At Magic Medical, we enjoy helping you do the things you love. For many of our customers with any form of incontinence, the prospect of traveling, be it for vacation or just a particularly long drive, can be especially challenging. And while we sell a complete line of adult protective underwear, here are some tips to ensure that wherever you’re going, your incontinence will be the last thing on your mind.
1. Train your bladder: Kegels
One of the best things you can do to help control your incontinence, before medication or protective undergarments, is working with your bladder to make it stronger. Kegels are exercises that build strength in the muscles that you use to urinate. Doctors recommend three sets of ten Kegels per day to strengthen your muscles and help improve bladder control. Doing a Kegel is easy - simply tighten the muscles you use to urinate with for three seconds, then relax for three seconds. Doing a set of ten should only take you a minute, so by taking three minutes out of your day every day, you can help improve your bladder muscles, and that’s always help you can use.
2. Always use a GPS when driving
The digital age has brought more information than most of us can handle, but people with incontinence can take a portion of this knowledge for themselves whenever they hit the road, thanks to GPS devices. GPS devices can tell a person the location of restaurants, rest stops, and other vital places should the need arise, while also making sure you don’t get lost on the way to the family reunion.
3. Know the ins-and-outs of any foreign country you travel to
Airplanes, other than being great places to do Kegels, are a tricky place for incontinence sufferers. Most airplanes are not able to dispose of incontinence products, so choosing the right protective underwear is a necessity, especially for long flights. Magic Medical recommends our Tranquility, Molicare Super Plus, or Unique Wellness products to help you control leaks and control odor on long flights, as they are the best we have, and can keep you protected wherever you need to go.
When you get to where you’re going, you also need to be prepared for whatever monkey wrenches being in another country could bring. Whether it’s the squatting toilets, needing your own toilet paper, or coin-operated bathrooms, you need to study up on what you’re going to be encountering. Learn about the culture, and you can plan much more effectively and as a result, enjoy your times abroad with minimal worry.
4. Watch your diet
It’s something not many of us consider while traveling, and it’s often the last thing on many people’s minds but foods high in salt, diuretics like coffee and caffeine, and even alcohol can make us more prone to have to find a potty. Of course, that last item is only valid in cases of air and train travel. Also, experts usually recommend that you stop drinking anything three to four hours before you leave to reduce your need to go while you travel. But that’s not always going to be practical on a longer trip and let’s face it, you’ll get thirsty. But if you can limit what you drink and use protective underwear like our Tranquility, Molicare Super Plus, or Unique Wellness products, you’ll travel with more comfort and peace of mind.
5. Always bring the right gear for the job
As with anything, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Know what you’ll need to wear and you’ll be golden. Also, don’t forget to being extras and a designated bag or carrying apparatus for any soiled protection, in case wherever you end up doesn’t have adequate garbage cans. Make sure you have a plan so you can handle anything that comes up, and we at Magic Medical will always be here to provide the incontinence products you need to make things easier.
Hopefully these tips will help you when trying to plan a trip. Incontinence can make the experience of travel a much more difficult, to the point that it prevents many sufferers from doing it. Yet, with a little preparation, you can make travel much less daunting and far more enjoyable. Have a fun trip!