hi everyone. my daughter’s taking me away soon to Greece. I really can’t wait. however, it is a 4 hour flight and I haven’t been on a plan since I was 12.. I’m now 69. I know this doesn’t sound a long time, however planes are different to cars. In a car, I can plan my journey around service stations and I know exactly how long a journey will take. The plane could be delayed…the seat belt sign could stay on for ages or the toilet could be out or order. I now have both urinary and faecal incontinence after an operation which is a nightmare for stuff like this.
I’m dreading being stuck in my seat if I have an accident, I know I have protection but it just makes me feel so dirty and unsanitary.
Has anyone with incontinence here flown on a plane before?? And does anyone have any tips…this would be useful to me as I’m embarrassed talking to my daughter about it!!
Don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to make the plane journey less stressful. It is normal to worry, however please do not let this ruin your holiday!!
What kind of incontinence product do you wear currently? For a plane journey, I would recommend all in ones (pads that are belted or have fixation tabs). They are more absorbent and will generally be more reliable for long journeys.
Pack some incontinence hygiene products so you will feel more clean and refreshed. Take some wet wipes, such as the Conti Continence wipes, available on Allanda. These wipes are perfect for when you have no soap and water available. I’d also recommend taking a disposal bag such as Pop Ins Disposal bags for hygienic disposal.
Do you know whereabouts your seats are on the plane? It is worth asking your daughter where you are seated, or contacting the airport for a view of the plane seating structure. This way, you know where the nearest toilet is prior to getting on.
Read our blog on how to make air travel easier for more tips.