10 tips for pee-planning your day trip


Do you have a “Wee” problem?

Do you find, as you get older, that the number of “comfort breaks” you need to take throughout the day are gradually increasing?

Not quite what you would call incontinence at this stage, but more of an inconvenience?

Have you begun to avoid visiting certain locations, when you are not sure whether rest rooms will be available when you get there?

Are you now an expert on the location and condition of bathrooms in your local area, establishing the best way-points to get you through your weekly shop?

If so, this post is for you!

Are you busting?

Yes, I’m talking toilets once again. But please bear with me because I’m sure you will find the information in this post valuable.

If not right now, in the future.

Even a little bit of incontinence isn’t fun. But on the positive side I am grateful that we do have public toilets available in many locations here in Australia.

Even so, finding a toilet in a hurry and getting there “in time” can be a huge challenge!

And once found, the cleanliness may not always meet our own standards. According to my blogger friend Aunt Beulah, now that technology is showing up in some conveniences, they can be something of a mental test as well.

Not to mention the physical difficulties presented to we more mature individuals, which I will leave to my friend Grandma Williams to describe in greater detail.

The cutting edge of incontinence

It was news to me that here in Australia we have a National Continence Management Strategy. This, as well as Information and advice on how to manage incontinence, is available HERE.

For the US find similar information HERE, for Canada HERE and for the UK HERE

Our National Public Toilet map, started in 2001, is proof positive that Australia has been at the cutting edge of the provision of toilet information online – for the public at large and for the “weak of bladder” senior citizen in particular. They don’t call us “The lucky country” for nothing . . .


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Here are 10 tips for pee-planning your day that will give you the confidence to really enjoy  it.   

If you are planning a day trip to unfamiliar locations, you need to do your research and pee planning beforehand, based on the capacity of your bladder, and that of your companion if you are lucky enough to have one.  


“Go” before you leave. We’ve been telling our kids this for years, but don’t forget to do it yourself. And after you’re done, give it another try!


Don’t make your incontinence worse by drinking too much alcohol, tea or coffee before your trip. Drink water instead to keep yourself hydrated.


Know your “pee interval” – how often do you usually need to “go”? Plan for a shorter interval.

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For the ladies, use a panty-liner in case of worst case scenario accidents. Carry a spare pair of underpants in a plastic bag so you can use it if anything gets wet. Take along a dark colored sarong or a spare jacket so that you could, if needed, cover any telltale signs of leakage by tying it around your waist. If you think you might be better off with incontinence pads, get your free samples from TENA before you go.


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Carry a pack of moist towelettes or put a wet wash-cloth into a plastic bag in your purse, in case you need to clean up. 

IncontinencePlan your route and your day. Which places will you visit at approximately what time, and where will you stop? Use Google maps to estimate times and distances. Turn on traffic on the day to find out about any bottlenecks.  Get your free check-list HERE. And don’t forget to fill up on gas!

Find out where the toilets along your route are. The toilet maps in the below links might help, depending on your location, but search online for more.

  UK       US    Australia    New York
If you are using public transport, check the location of the restrooms in train stations, bus depots or airports. It could be a long walk!


IncontinenceCheck that the public toilets will be open at the time you need them. If  you are wanting to extend your trip to the evening hours or week-ends, you may find yourself locked out. In this situation, look for accessible rest rooms in shopping malls, restaurants, bars, cinema complexes or petrol stations. Give them a call beforehand if you want to be sure.


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If you’re travelling by car, will you be able to park near the public toilets and will you have enough coins handy for any meters? Use Parkopedia to find parking spots. This map is especially useful because you can filter for disability spaces. It is getting harder and harder to find a free one these days. The parking map will tell you the distance from a parking space to your destination, as well as the cost and the opening times. 


Finally, add the toilet finder and parking app to your smartphone*.

Thank you for visiting Maddy at Home. Now you can forget all about that weak bladder and have a great trip! Be sure to let me know how you get on, in the comments. 

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*If you don’t have a smart phone, make sure you put one on your Christmas list right now. I know some of you said “I don’t need a smart phone”. They can be pricey I know.

But why don’t you ask a youngster to remember you when they upgrade to a new phone? (They do it all the time!) You will be helping the environment by using a phone that would otherwise be discarded.

And you will be able to use your pre-loved smartphone to find out where your nearest toilet is.  Just ask that teenager to download the apps before they gift you the phone. They will be delighted to show off their superior know-how. If you can’t find a teenager, try your local library. Here is what they will need to know . . .

For an iPhone, search iTunes, and for Android phones search Google Play. Most of the toilet finders can be found on either site.  Flush!  is at the top of my list because it’s very easy to use and sometimes it even tells you if there is a fee, or if you need to collect a key.  But you could also try Toilet Finder, Bathroom Scout or many others.

 . . . and while they are about it, get your geek to give you the Parkopedia as well so that it will be right there on your phone when you need it.



  • Jacqueline Jung

    October 26, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I’ve always had that problem…Eat popcorn!

  • Pam Kirst

    October 25, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Such a practical topic that we never talk about!!!!

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    October 24, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I feel for you Donna. Gas all round more or less lol. The cover of a car is quite comforting however, compared to the middle
    of the supermarket for example which is the one place that that “sinking” feeling is not welcome! And if you can find a restroom,
    it can be devastating when you find there’s a queue.

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    October 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you Oneta, I will have to go back and check that BW link out. I posted it in a hurry on my way out this morning.

  • Donna Parsons

    October 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    tea, oh my nemesis, maybe I shouldn’t but just can’t “stomach” the idea of just water yet, so, hub takes me out to eat after church yesterday – seeing a car in the parking lot thinking from my home state/yea, even county, and still there after eating, so wanted to put a note on it, never oculd figure out who it might have belonged to, but then when got closer, wasn’t from my county after all, but then he in hurry to get to hospital to see uncle, get there and, surprisingly, both he fact and not knowing, his sister was there, but, mainly, aunt, who hadn’t gotten to see, was there, so didn’t want to leave then and not a problem yet, then when wanted to leave, expected to come straight home, but, no, wanted to stop by car lot, and since for me, but there’s a place they need them! so anyway, then on the way home, think…could have made it, but you know, and this is the strange, but also worse, part, when you get the rumblies, and then he’d already said needed to get gas, good?…hm…but then instead of, what, realizing, do I say anything? drama and theatrics?! hardly, but how about there’s a gas station – oh, my, maybe in more ways that one – but there’ll be a restroom and, yes, he can get gas – and then, it’s one of those only one, or at least only one for each – dare I use the other one? since, of course, mine’s in use, can I wait? well, I did make it but if it had been any longer…..

  • Oneta Hayes

    October 24, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Good info well written. I feel so free now to admit to a problem a couple of times. However, for my age (83) I have been doing pretty well. It is good to see you; I couldn’t get the link to BW to work so came to see you at home.

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    October 24, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Thank you! I think the fact that people don’t talk about incontinence makes it harder to deal with when it happens to us. We may think we areon our own, but there are millions who suffer from incontinence.

  • Anonymous

    October 24, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Such timely, practical advice, Maddy. It’s a subject we women don’t talk about much, so I appreciate your open, matter-of-fact advice. Also, thanks for the mention of my blog with it’s post about public restrooms..

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    October 23, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Good to see you Indira. Yes, unclean cubicles can be a disaster when you’re in a hurry. I think we should have a convention that older people could jump the toilet queue to allow for the weaker bladder!

  • m.butcher@iinet.net.au

    October 23, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks Bernadette. Locating the toilets easily is even more important in a foreign country where you don’t want to miss out an any of the attractions! Good to hear that you have had a good holiday – welcome back.

  • Indira Mukhopadhyay

    October 23, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks Maddy for sharing. Contraction exercises helped me a lot but now again seeing some problem at 70. I follow most of the tips but cleanliness in my area is the biggest problem. Carrying extra clothes is a good tip.

  • Beernadette Laganella

    October 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    So ironic that you wrote this very informative post. I just returned from a cruise to Greece and every single person said the best tour guides were the ones who made a point of telling us where the WC’s were located and how to use them.

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