Most of us have succumbed to the inconvenience and embarrassment of travelerís diarrhea before, but if you suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome, we understand that travelling is a whole other ball game. The symptoms can be overwhelming, to the point where travel becomes anxiety-inducing and often, something to avoid altogether.
Does this sound like your mind at the thought of travelling with IBS?
Thatís totally understandable, but at Aquinelle, weíre problem-solvers. Thatís why we want to encourage you to travel and enjoy greater freedom. Here are our best tips for you:
Research your pit stops and your destination for the types of food that will be available. You might be able to avoid your trigger foods and the subsequent flare-ups altogether with some simple planning.
But, if youíre going overseas, you might have to approach it differently. Learn to ask in the local language if a meal contains your trigger food, or whether it can be made without it.
A public toilet experience is less than enjoyable for most IBS sufferers, but choosing a bathroom that is clean can take away some of the anxiety. Looking for the larger, newer gas stations on a road trip is often a good idea. So is choosing the bathroom of a nice cafť when youíre travelling around town. A word to the wise: scope out the toilet situation before you sit down to eat.
Stress can be one of the biggest triggers for IBS symptoms. Donít add more stress by having every minute of your day booked in or setting timelines that will be difficult to keep to.
The same goes for mealtimes. Make sure you donít have to rush off after eating so that digestion can take its course. It will also give you a bit of space in case you need to make an unexpected bathroom break after your meal.
Having IBS can be draining. Be sure youíre getting enough sleep and help your body stay at ease by sticking to the same schedule as much as possible.
The last thing you need when youíre at risk of bloating is restrictive clothing. Avoid tight waistbands to make you more comfortable when you eat or sit for long periods of time. Wearing clothes that are easy to remove will help you a great deal if you have any bathroom emergencies.
Whether you call it a travel pack, or an emergency kit, this is your golden ticket to staying as comfortable as possible while travelling with IBS. Hereís what to pack:
Comfort, hygiene and privacy Ė how does that sound to you? Forget about those environmentally UNfriendly flushable wipes and make going to the toilet more comfortable with Aquinelle toilet paper spray.
Thereís no fear of being found out when you use Aquinelle Ė not only will you be squeaky clean and smelling fresh with every bathroom break, but it also acts as a toilet spray. A spritz into the toilet bowl can help keep unwanted odors at bay, and no one will be any the wiser of whatís going on in your stall.
Aquinelle toilet paper spray is also available in a handy travel size. But, you donít have to be worried about someone spotting it in your bag Ė its attractive packaging means its purpose isnít obvious to onlookers.
Want to know more about the personal benefits of using Aquinelle toilet tissue mist? Check out this post on health and hygiene. And remember, Wetter is Better!