I suffer from incontinence and I’m going abroad with family this summer. I’m worrying about leaking while travelling especially and wondered if you had any advice to help with this experience?
Are any products available to offer additional protection as well as normal incontinence pants?
You shouldn’t let the worry of leakages get in the way of your holiday!
If you are travelling on an aeroplane, one thing you can do is call your airline and ask about the configuration of the plane. Finding out the location of the restrooms can settle your nerves and make you feel more prepared for the journey. If you can, swap with the person you are travelling with to ensure you are next to the aisle.
If you are in a car for your journey, it can be invaluable to research the locations of the services you can visit during your journey. A journey is much less worrisome if you have planned intervals.
Watching what you are eating and drink during travelling can also make a huge difference. Ensure you avoid caffeinated and sugary drinks, which can be tempting to buy on aeroplanes in particular. Do not hold off drinking water during your journey, as dehydration can only cause further irritation to the bladder. Avoid heavy meals when travelling and stick to lighter meals to avoid feeling uncomfortable.
Lastly, ask your Doctor for any additional aids you can take on holiday to make your trip less stressful. Are you currently taking medication for your incontinence? This can be effective as it is easy and quick to take.
You mention that are looking for additional protection as well as pants. What are the pants called that you are currently wearing?
There is a large range of incontinence pads that can be used with your current pants. What is the severity of your incontinence? I am more than happy to recommend you a specific pad.
Thanks for your advice, i’m really nervous about it but looking forward to a break. I don’t currently take any medication for it. Can you buy it from shops or would i have to see my GP?
I’m currently wearing Tena pants super medium but just worried they aren’t going to be sufficient enough. My incontinence is just bladder and i would say it’s medium but occasionally it can be more which is my main concern for travelling i don’t want to leak everywhere!
Medications are only available from your pharmacist, with a doctor’s prescription. It is recommended that you visit your GP and explain your symptoms so they can prescribe the best medication for your situation.
For travelling, I would choose either a more absorbent pull up product or an all in one. You need a product that you won’t have to change frequently, so it is ideal to find one with a high absorbency level. All in ones are perfect for obtaining liquid for a large amount of time. They are nappy style products that are usually belted and fitted with velcro straps for ultimate protection. Would you be willing to try one of these for travelling?
As you’re travelling, I would recommend an all in one as they retain the most liquid. This means they won’t need changing frequently and they will put your mind at rest for the journey.
iD Expert Slip Super are designed for moderate to heavy incontinence and should keep you dry for your journey. They feature double wetness indicators and anti-leakage protection cuffs in the product prevent side leakage. The soft cotton feel will ensure you are comfortable for your journey.
Do these sound like a product you would like to try? Let me know if you need guidance on where to purchase these.