The fall and winter holidays can be some of the busiest travel times of the year. Millions of Americans will be taking a plane to vacation or visit their loved ones. While holidays are some of the best times of the year, they can also be a source of stress for some. For more than 25 million Americans living with urinary incontinence, the idea of traveling may feel even more stressful.
If you have plans to travel, maybe you feel some concern about bringing along your catheters. You might also wonder how to use your catheter in a public restroom since they’re not always clean.
180 Medical has some helpful travel tips to help make your time away from home worry-free.
Tips for Holiday Travel with Catheters
Here are a few of our top travel tips if you use incontinence products, catheters, and other urological or ostomy supplies:
1. Get to Know the TSA Guidelines
If you plan to travel on an airplane, be sure to check with your airline to find out what can and cannot be carried on the plane.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also has a comprehensive website that may help you with additional questions about what you can bring on board or pack in your checked luggage.
2. Reserve Your Seats Ahead of Time
You might consider reserving an aisle seat on the airplane so that you can reach the bathroom quickly and without potentially disrupting other passengers when you need to get up and go.
3. Consider a Backup Option
If it’s a long flight, you could also wear protective undergarments that can manage any leakage or odor for your peace of mind.
4. Use Apps to Help You Out
There are a number of useful smartphone apps for those who use catheters or are in wheelchairs, as well as apps that can help you find a public bathroom in a hurry, like SitOrSquatt and Where to Wee.
5. Avoid Bladder Irritants and Diuretics
Although the holidays are known as a time to indulge, you may want to consult with your doctor on what liquids or foods might cause you trouble. For example, both alcohol and caffeine are known bladder irritants. They also have diuretic properties, which may make you need to use the restroom more frequently.
6. Use Sterile Travel Catheters
If you are concerned about hygiene while using your catheters in public restrooms, you may want to consider using a closed system catheter kit or pack additional supplies such as gloves and antiseptic wipes.
Our friendly Product Specialists at 180 Medical will be glad to help you look into some of the best catheter kits for your needs and let you know if these supplies will be covered by your insurance. Contact us today!