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It has been more than 70 years, but I still remember everyone tumbling into our family Ford Tudor sedan on an early December morning. We then headed north from our home in Philadelphia 100 miles to the snow-capped Pocono Mountains for some ski adventures.
Still Look Forward To Winter Fun
Many decades later, I’m still always ready to go on cold-climate vacations with family and friends. Although my skiing is now confined to the beginners’ slopes, I still enjoy bundling up in warm clothing, feeling the crunch of snow and breathing the brisk mountain air.
However, as with many people of my advanced age, I must deal with incontinence. It can become an uncomfortable and embarrassing problem when I travel during winter. Some of the ways I deal with it may help others cope with their incontinence.
Take Adequate Supplies
My winter vacations usually last about a week. When packing, I take along a week’s supply, plus at least two extra days’ supply of Depend underwear. I carry enough for what I’ll need during each of the days and nights away from home.
Dress In Easy To Shed Clothing
Of course, winter travel requires more levels of clothing than in other seasons. Along with the Depend products, I wear stretch-waist sweat pants, heavy shirt and hooded parka. If I must dress for dinner at a resort or hotel, I wear a loose sports jacket with several deep pockets that hold extra Depend disposables and plastic throw-away bags. If I expect an activity or event will last more than two hours, as I go into a restaurant or theater, I first check out the locations of the nearest bathroom.
Eat and Drink Sensibly
When traveling, the tendency is to break away from the usual bland home diet, especially with buffets, exotic menus and other temptations. I stick to simple foods and liquids in small portions. If I do give in and try something different, I make sure I have an extra disposable Depend, toss-away bag and will be within steps of a bathroom. I drink water, but not too much and avoid citrus juices, alcohol and caffeine and other things that irritate my bladder.
Cleanliness Is Always A Priority
When I do suffer a period of incontinence, I make sure I get rid of the soiled Depend disposable into a sealed plastic bag as quickly as possible. Before putting on clean protection, I wash myself thoroughly. This is not only for comfort and cleanliness, but it also avoids skin rashes.
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