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Question #89341 posted on 04/14/2017 6:44 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Background: I am a man in my twenties suffering from a health problem that has not been successfully diagnosed. The unfortunate thing is that the main symptom of this health problem is urinary incontinence (leaking). I have been to multiple doctors, but no one can figure out why someone as young as me is having this happen. I recently realized it might be related to lactose or gluten intolerance, but I'm not sure if I have those things yet. (Still experimenting with diet.)

The Actual Question: It's about the side effects. Having to buy Depends is embarrassing but I've dealt with it and I'm sneaky enough that even my roommate doesn't know I'm wearing them. But that might change if I go on a big multi-week trip with my roommate this summer. I haven't figured out how I can bring a large number of Depends with me without him noticing. And I don't know how I can throw away the used ones during the trip without him, or the friends we'll be staying with, noticing something. (We will be in another country at one point and I don't think there will be a huge garbage can somewhere I can toss them in when no one's looking. Especially because I will be with someone at almost every moment of the trip.)

I will deal with this if my friends find out but I'd prefer they never find out. Do you have any ideas?



Dear person,

It appears that none of us have any ideas. It's hard for us to respond because we don't know where you are going or what kind of trip this is. The only thing I can think of is bring an extra suitcase or backpack and store the used ones in garbage bags inside of it as you accumulate them and throw them out if you ever happen to get the chance. But that's not a particularly genius idea in any way. Sorry.


posted on 04/14/2017 8:55 p.m.
Most people I know who go on long trips without a washer and dryer plan on doing small batches of laundry (mostly underwear) almost daily, washing in the sink at night and hanging to dry while they are sleeping.

If you are dealing with leaking a simple solution is to purchase some incontinence briefs. They look like regular mens underwear and, if you wear garments, can be worn underneath them comfortably and simply washed and dried each day along with anything else you are washing. If you find you need to dry them more intensely after a night of hanging to dry, a portable hair dryer (which meets the voltage standards of the place where you are traveling) can be used to finish the process in the morning.

Also, this page has helpful ideas for traveling with disposable incontinence pads.

Honesty Wthout Embarrassment
posted on 04/15/2017 9:31 a.m.
The web site "Honesty" posted is good, but their briefs have flys that some people find makes them less effective.

I have found some without flys or with less easily inadvertantly opened flys here: https://continuonliving.com/

Traveling On
posted on 04/15/2017 3 p.m.
One of my friends had this come up. And he brought a type similar to the links above. When a friend did notice and asked about it, he simply responded that he thought it would be convenient way to do less laundry on the trip and still be sanitary. His friend thought it was a cool idea and never had a clue.

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