Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a common condition that affects more than 33 million Americans. While OAB is most common in women, men can also be affected. Sudden and involuntary contractions of the bladder muscles can lead to a sudden urge to urinate and/or urinary incontinence.
OAB can cause you to urinate 8 or more times during the day and 2 or more times through the night. While you may have found ways of coping in your day-to-day life, dealing with OAB while traveling can be a source of stress and anxiety. Some simple tips can help you travel more comfortably and help to put your mind and bladder at ease.
- Be prepared and pack wisely – For females struggling with OAB, packing a supply of incontinence pads can be helpful if your symptoms cause you to suffer an occasional leak. Even if you think you may not require them, your bladder will be under additional stress and the emergency supply could be a good idea. If symptoms are more severe, you can find adult disposable underwear at places like surgical stores and pharmacies also.
- If flying, choose a good seat – Pick an aisle seat if you can so that you don’t have to disturb your neighbors with frequent restroom trips.
- Traveling by car? Map your route ahead of time. Knowing where the rest stops are and planning meal breaks ahead of time can save you the last minute hassle of trying to find a place to stop. Yelp Is a good app that can help you plan stops and if you’re a foodie, can give you some great tips on good places to eat!
- Be conscious of your liquid intake – Space out your drinks and make sure that you’re staying hydrated, but be aware of your intake to prevent a strong urge to use the restroom.
- Don’t forget your emergency kit! While you may not need it, it’s certainly a good idea to have. This could include a bag with extra undergarments and a pair of pants. Including a couple of resealable plastic bags in the kit is a good idea for any unexpected leaks. This kit could also be a good place to store the incontinence pads we mentioned.
While an overactive bladder can certainly cause discomfort when traveling, some simple planning and preparation can make all the difference.
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