You’ve got places to go, from the beach to family reunions outdoor events, and much more. So, don’t let your catheter stop you from going on your trip to have some fun. If you’re worried about traveling with catheters, take a moment to relax and refer to the following tips to learn how to comfortably prevent accidents.
Traveling With Catheters
Whether you’re getting on a plane, taking a cruise, driving to a concert, and more, preparing is important to remain sanitary and dry for the entire duration of your trip. You may also want to be discrete with your catheters supplies, which is easy to do when you take a little time to plan ahead.
1. Pack A Catheter Kit
Make a list of everything you’ll need in relation to your catheter supplies to make sure you don’t forget anything important. In a small backpack or your carry on bag and be sure to include:
- Catheters – Always pack extra, packing enough for two extra days for vacations is recommended.
- Extra underwear and a pair of pants in case an accident occurs
- Disposable changing gloves
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes for quick and easy clean ups and to sanitize surfaces
- A handheld mirror to help you see proper catheterization
- Plastic bags for disposal of used catheters or soiled clothing
- Pads to catch any accidental leaks
- A bottle of water to stay hydrated
- Paper towels, tissues, or a dry cloth.
2. Map Out Bathrooms
Before going to a museum, airport, or park look up bathroom locations ahead of time so you won’t be struggling to find a one when you need it. Then you can set an alarm or plan your day accordingly to when you need to catheterize.
It can be helpful to use your catheter and empty the urine bag before you leave your home and when you first arrive at your destination.
3. Dress For Success
If you need to travel with a drainage bag you may want to conceal it with extra layers of clothes, but this isn’t the best option during hot days. Instead, you can strap the bag to your upper thigh to easily hide it beneath shorts or a skirt. You can also wear shorts with longer t-shirts. Make sure your clothes are easy to remove to simplify and speed up using your catheter in public restrooms.
4. Have A Discreet Carrying Case
If you use intermittent catheters you might not want to carry them out in the open to the bathroom. Luckily, they’re compact and easy to place in a variety of carrying cases like:
- Your pockets
- A makeup bag or purse
- A briefcase
- A backpack or drawstring bag
- Your glasses or sunglasses case
- A fanny pack
- Inside long socks
5. Traveling With Catheters On Planes
Traveling by car is a little simpler than taking to the skies because you usually don’t have to go through security checks or get seated between strangers. That being said, preparing for the airport is a little bit different, make sure you:
- Call the airport 72 hours in advance to let them know you have a catheter and what security measurements will need to be taken.
- Carry a copy of your prescription and your doctor’s phone number in case you have any questions or run into an emergency. Carrying a doctor’s note may also help with carrying medical items through customs.
- Arrive at your flight early in case you get held up in a long line in order to have enough time to cath or empty your drainage bag before you board the plane.
- If you have a longer flight try traveling with a larger drainage bag or switching from an intermittent to an indwelling catheter. There are also a variety of compact catheters you can try.
- If you need to cath in flight, but can’t use the bathroom, your flight attendants will help provide privacy with curtains or blankets.
- Don’t worry about the increase in air pressure as your plane takes off, your urinary bag will not burst. Air compresses at higher altitudes, but liquid does not.
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This way you don’t have to settle for discomfort or worry about picking up new incontinence supplies while saving more money for vacations. You’ll be comfortably relaxing in no time!