Although Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, millions of Americans will probably be on the road and up in the air from now until the end of the year to visit loved ones.
While holidays can be joyous, we know they can also be quite stressful. However, for the more than 25 million Americans living with urinary incontinence, holiday travel can feel even more stressful.
If you have to travel by vehicle or plane, you might be intimidated by the prospect of bringing along your catheters or using them in public restrooms. You are certainly not alone in this concern. We even wrote about traveling by air with catheters a few years ago, which we encourage you to check out when you’re done reading this post.
Top 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- If it’s a long flight, you could also wear protective undergarments that can manage any leakage or odor for your peace of mind.
- When traveling long distances by car, plan your trip using a GPS to determine where there are public bathrooms.
- 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.
Other Helpful Information to Keep in Mind
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, and they have diuretic properties, which may make you need to use the restroom more frequently.
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!