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Worrying about accidental bladder leakage while traveling locally or to fun, faraway places can affect your good mood when you’re packing up suitcases and passports. Whether you’re a caregiver or someone who regularly wears bladder protection products, you deserve to be self-assured when you head out to new destinations and encounter a variety of unknowns. It’s all about the pre-work, preparation, and packing. Don’t let unnecessary worry happen to you by preparing ahead - try to factor these four tips into your travel plans.

Watch your Liquid Intake

First, managing your fluid intake is very important, especially as you start out on your trip. Staying hydrated during the hot summer months is pivotal to maintain health, so don’t stop drinking plenty of H2O because you’re afraid to inconvenience travel partners with too many rest stop requests. Communicating upfront that you’ll need to visit the bathroom every few hours is reasonable and will alert travel partners ahead of time. A WebMD article provides tips on managing your fluid intake: Foods and Drinks to Tame an Overactive Bladder

The Less Caffeine, the Better

Second, there are certain liquids, foods, and pharmaceuticals that contain caffeine which is a diuretic, and will increase your need to go to the bathroom. By cutting or limiting caffeine, you may be able to curb or lessen leaks while traveling, unless of course, a health condition or side effect from surgery, states otherwise. Being knowledgeable about the effects of caffeine on bladder control may nudge you to tweak habits while traveling. Obvious (and surprise) sources of caffeine include:

  • Black and green tea

  • Cocoa

  • Chocolate

  • Cola and non-cola soft drinks

  • Caffeinated and regular energy drinks

  • Coffee or chocolate ice cream

  • Slimming tablets

  • Pain relievers

  • Medications

Rest Stop Reassurance

Third, it may be difficult not to start off your driving journey with your favorite 24-ounce coffee drink, soda, or filled water bottle in hand. Be sure to budget time for rest stop breaks to ensure you still reach your destination on time. If you do drink liquids, plan your stops along the way using these helpful GPS and online tools for smartphones and tablets:

  • Interstate Rest Areas is an up-to-date rest area map along the Interstate Highways that is color-coded to identify your direction of travel (Eastbound, Westbound, Northbound, Southbound, or both directions of travel).

  • USA Rest Stops is a free app on the App Store for iPhones and iPads. This useful app helps you locate the nearest rest stop plus welcome centers and service plazas when you’re traveling within the US, including interstates, US highways, and state highways.

  • If you don’t prefer to use apps or your phone memory is limited, try the ‘Maps’ icon on your smartphone; enter ‘Rest Areas’ and your GPS will pinpoint the closest ones based on your location.

Pack it Up!

Fourth, the average adult goes to the bathroom 8 - 10 times a day. The amount of urine your body produces a day can be directly related to your health, so best to factor in how many leakage products you’ll normally use in one day (then multiply by the number the days you’ll be traveling). Adding a few extra in the count couldn’t hurt in the event of unexpected travel issues or flight delays. To postpone product shopping while you’re feeling jet-lagged, pack smartly before you leave!

  • How will you discreetly fit products into your suitcase? A tried-and-true packing trick is to roll up the individual product tightly then secure with a rubber band. Search for the open spaces around the outer boundaries of your suitcase, and tuck-n-stuff (around the edges, inside shoes, socks, or hats, or into packing cubes, if you prefer).

  • Consider purchasing a larger quantity of incontinence products that you’ll be needing for your future trip. Once packed, you can take a ‘sigh’ of relief and happily cross that item off your travel checklist. Be sure these items are not buried in the bottom of your suitcase or trunk of your car, but easily accessible in your carry-on or the glove compartment. Need a travel checklist? Generate, edit, save and print a custom travel checklist for your specific requirements using Travels Checklist, and don’t forget to include plenty of:

    • Briefs

    • Underwear and Discreet Underwear

    • Pads and Discreet Pads

    • Underpads

    • Wet Wipes

Struggling with nightly incontinence? You are not alone. According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million Americans are affected by bladder control. It’s very possible that this number is even higher, since many adults find it difficult and embarrassing to discuss bed-wetting with medical professionals.

Many adults struggling with incontinence experience it during the night, when they are asleep. This referred to as Nocturnal Enuresis. When you are experiencing nighttime incontinence, bed time is anything but relaxing. The worry of wetting the bed, inconveniencing your partner, or having to wash the sheets and remake the bed can cause anxiety, making a good night’s rest difficult. At Domtar, we highly recommend speaking to a medical professional about incontinence issues, but if you are simply not ready to do that yet, here are a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep when you are experiencing


Nocturnal Enuresis:

1. Wear Protective Underwear or a Thin Adult Diaper

While no one likes to feel like they are wearing or need a diaper, extra protection will give you piece of mind. There are millions of Americans dealing with incontinence, so there are many different products available such as protective underwear and adult diapers. If you experience nighttime incontinence, your sheets will be protected and a diaper can be easily and discreetly tossed away in the morning.

2. Protect Your Bedding

Frequently having to wash and change the sheets on your bed can be frustrating. Investing in water-proof bedding and an easily washable underpad will give you piece of mind and make dealing with nighttime incontinence easier.

3. No Caffeine Before Bed

Caffeine has been linked to bladder problems, so it might be best to avoid it completely. However, it should particularly be avoided before going to bed. Not only could the caffeine keep you awake, it can increase your risk of a bed wetting episode, since it is a diuretic that increases urine output.

4. Limit Your Fluid Intake

Try to avoid drinking any liquids after 6pm. If you must quench your thirst, take small sips of water instead of big gulps. Avoid alcoholic beverages and citrus juices.

5. Empty Your Bladder TWICE

This is also known as “double voiding” your bladder. Before getting ready for bed, empty your bladder. Then, go through your usual bedtime routine (brush your teeth, remove make-up, etc.,) and then empty your bladder again right before lying down to go to sleep.

6. Do Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises involve contracting and relaxing the muscles around the urethra. Not sure how to do it? Start by stopping your urine midstream - that’s a Kegel exercise! Once you know how it’s done, start doing them frequently to strengthen those muscles and reduce the risk of nighttime incontinence.

7. Use a Bedwetting Alarm

Yes, these exist! A Bedwetting Alarm is a moisture-detecting sensor. You lay down on top of the sensor and it emits an audible or vibrating alarm if any wetness occurs. Then, you can empty your bladder on the toilet instead of the bed. This is also an effective way to retrain your bladder, since it conditions you to associate the sensation of a full bladder to getting up and using the bathroom. However, it should be noted that if your incontinence is related to a disease, a bedwetting alarm may not effective.

Causes of incontinence include weak bladder muscles and nerve damage from diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. In men, an enlarged prostate could be the culprit. This is why you should definitely consult with your doctor if you experience nighttime incontinence. Doctors typically use urine or blood tests to determine the cause of incontinence. Once diagnosed, your doctor may recommend muscle exercises, dietary changes, or even prescribe medications to help manage your bladder.