Reply To: airline bladder relief

  • Josh Grisdale

    July 24, 2018 at 10:12 am


    I have been on 13+ hour flights between Canada and Japan many times – not fun, but it can be done.

    First off, on long-haul flights there are now “accessible washrooms”.  Of course, they are not completely accessible, but they are about 2.5x the size of a regular airplane toilet. I used one earlier this year and I fit in with my personal care attendant.  The airplane has an aisle wheelchair that you can use to get to the toilet.  So, actually, the toilet fit me, my carer, and the small wheelchair.  Just note that it can take some time for the staff to get and assemble the wheelchair – so don’t leave it to the last minute!

    Other people use catheters that strap to the leg.  Though, it can take time to get used to peeing when you aren’t on the toilet, so you may want to try it out a few times first!

    Finally, my usual method (which you should ignore because it isn’t very safe/healthy!) is to avoid drinking a number of hours before the flight and to take a sleeping pill.  For the most part it works well.

    Hope some of that was helpful!

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