Urinary incontinence can be uncomfortable at home. But it can be a much bigger challenge when you travel. Long flights, hours of walking, and road trips with infrequent bathroom stops all can lead to worries with a leaky bladder. This TravelingMom shares her very personal experience in this review of Always Discreet liners.

Don't let urinary incontinence keep you from doing anything, including riding a camel in Jordan.

Without proper bladder protection, desert travel would be daunting. Photo courtesy Stacey Wittig.

Disclosure: Always Discreet paid a sponsorship fee for this post, but the experiences are all the author’s own.

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Always Discreet®. I received free samples from P&G. All opinions stated are my own.

Seeking solutions to urinary incontinence is my new route to adventure.

Wet panties are no laughing matter even though my giggles trigger unexpected outpours. Frequent urination makes even more of a difference when I travel than if I’m in the neighborhood.

My notion of a grand trip is heading somewhere my book club isn’t chatting about yet, and that means I’m sort of on my own. Jordan for instance—my 2016 solution to Middle East travel in a safe, hospitable way.

Can’t book a camel caravan in the Wadi Rum Desert (think Lawrence of Arabia) if incontinence is a worry.

Lots of people travel to Peru for tours of Machu Picchu. Me too, but I also hiked alone and got lost en route to the Gate of the Sun God. Worked out OK but could have been troublesome with wet pants, just like a road trip through Europe can be a challenge.

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Exploring Machu Picchu is best enjoyed with proper personal protections. Cultural Heritage TravelingMom says “So what!” to the inconveniences.

POST MENOPAUSE INCONTINENCE

Since I’m 18 years past menopause, my knowledge of what’s absorbent is way out of date—except for grandkid pull-ups with pictures of princesses or action heroes on them.

Discovering color and design tickled me when I launched some oh-so-personal research with Always Discreet bladder protection products—-sensitive the packages declare.

My female friends shirk from the conversation, so asking them to recommend products wasn’t satisfying. Too bad, since research suggest one of every three of us has a sensitive bladder but only one in seven are using the right protection.

Right, it seems, isn’t readily identifiable.

Since I’d rather assume (pretend?) my urinary incontinence is minimal, I started with orange-coded Very Light Liners by Always Discreet. Figured they’d give me time to realize I’d had too much coffee and get to the toilet fast after the first leak.

UNOBTRUSIVE PRODUCTS HELP

Color coding makes it easy to understand the Always Discreet products for urinary incontinence.

Color coding makes it easy to understand the Always Discreet products. Photo by Christine Tibbetts / Cultural Heritage TravelingMom

The liners are folded up small, neat, unobtrusive. I could have an extra or two in my pocket discretely. Cheerful surprise when I opened my first: a long slender graphic design printed on it, as suitable for adult-woman me as those princesses are on my granddaughters’ pull-ups.

Silly of me, but pleasing. Then I figured out this is not just art but the target for liquid absorption and odor disguise. Wish that technology existed way back in my before-tampons days.

I was not aware of wearing the liner. No sticky edges folded over to pinch—an unwanted feeling I remember from menstrual days.

Why my liner of choice is coded orange intrigues me; the color bar on the package indicates 11 absorbency products ranging from two-drip orange to eight-drip raspberry.

Green stands out on the chart with three drips and all the others are shades of purple. I think I’ll try Always Discreet green for my next road trip to fret less about pit stops when I’m needy.

TRAVEL LEAKS CHALLENGING

Travel is my main leaky bladder concern, especially long-haul flights when I’ve got the middle seat, and all-day hikes in grand vistas around the world. Accidents reveal too much to strangers.

My spirit is adventuresome, my friends don’t want to speak about incontinence and fellow travelers would consider a telltale odor way too much information.

Technology patented as OdorLock seems to neutralize the urine smell (what a scientific miracle). The feature advertised as Advanced Core locks away that wetness, something to do with the artwork turning liquid to gel.

Wonder why women shy away from the topic, especially since 40 percent of us over age 40 have some sensitive bladder situations? Most everyone I asked looked embarrassed and told me a story about someone else.

Popular travel bladder stories seem to be the full-absorbency reports of women they’ve heard about loving casinos and not wanting to interrupt a winning streak for anything.

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Mobility and flexibility affect traveling options. Protections do too. Photo courtesy of Cultural Heritage TravelingMom Christine Tibbetts.

BATHROOMS VARY IN OTHER CULTURES

I’ve been personally pleased with sensitive bladder products traveling in countries where “bathroom” can mean “hole in the floor” with no paper products and no hand washing options.

Squatting behind a low bush on a desert hike, or waiting for a return to civilization can be a possibility with proper products.

More moderate behaviors suit me better. So does pretending I don’t have a problem, but that’s not very smart. As a traveler, I’m finding confidence when I remember to include my liner with my morning dressing since my leaky bladder isn’t predictable.

Should I need to move past the green toward the purple-coded products, this research will free me to do so.

What I’m unsure of is bathing suit protection. Swim diapers for the toddlers I understand but what’s the grandmother to do on a pool swim?

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Always Discreet®. I received free samples from P&G. All opinions stated are my own.