Traveling with a UTI: How to Prevent and Treat While Traveling

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As many of you know, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are torture.

And for those of you who don’t, well, you’re lucky. The painful and straight-up annoying symptoms can bring rain clouds to any sunny day.

Recent studies project that one in every three women in the U.S. will have contracted at least one urinary tract infection by the age of 24. Scary stuff, yes, but don’t let it put a damper on a good time!

Here are some helpful tips that have saved me on my travels through the desert, sea and everywhere in between…

1) Stay hydrated

I know all too well the beauty of holiday season: the sun, the fun and the copious amounts of cute umbrella cocktails.

But when the symptoms of a urinary tract infection hit, you need to listen to your body and the call of nature.

traveling with a uti

2) Stay away from irritants like alcohol and caffeine

But drink plenty of water. Around 8 cups of fluid a day is just right for kicking bad bacteria out of the bladder.

3) Use Cranberry Juice and Vitamin C

If Cranberry juice (the real thing, none of that sugary cranberry juice cocktail nonsense) is available, drink that.

An easy alternative to the juice are cranberry pills, sold at any pharmacy or health food store.

Vitamin C is another handy aid at suppressing bacteria in the bladder.

4) Use the Bathroom Often

A huge factor in the recurrent UTI is holding your pee, so listen to your body and go when you have to go!

I have the tendency to fall into an instant sleep once I step foot on any means of transport- cars, planes, trains. It could be the recycled air or some weird subconscious deal I’ve made with myself.

Either way, sleeping for an entire transcontinental flight = Bad News! So set an alarm if you have to and pee on the regular. And if you’re sexually active, do your thing, but remember this:

5) Safe Sex is Smart Sex

Be safe, be smart, use a condom. Pee before and after sex. You will thank me later…

6) Take Showers, Not Baths

Keep yourself clean and take showers instead of baths. Use mild soaps, fragrance-free are your best bet.

If you have a tendency to contract UTIs and you’re about to leave on some epic journey, pack accordingly.

7) Get The Right Medications Before You Travel

Contact your doctor before you leave and get the proper antibiotic and symptom relief medications just to be safe. The most common antibiotics used in treating UTIs are amoxicillin and doxycycline, which are fairly easy to find in pharmacies worldwide.

And luckily, antibiotic names seem to translate pretty closely from English to other languages.

A common drug to help with discomfort and pain is Pyridium (Pirimir in Spanish).

Remember, UTIs are nothing to be taken lightly. These are some tips I’m sharing to help in times doctors and medical professionals can’t.

You know your body better than any outside force so be smart and travel on!

Have you ever traveled with a UTI? How did you treat it? Share with us in the comments below:

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11 Comments

  1. Great tips! I used to have to deal with UTIs all the time! Luckily, I figured out how to prevent them and I’ve been UTI free for a few years now. YAY! 🙂 One thing that always helped me if the pain got too intense is AZO tabs. It’s not a cure, but something to help the discomfort.

  2. Great tips! Nothing is worse than a UTI when you’re traveling and I find in some places where the bathrooms are dirty you end up holding it longer than you should, making you prone to a UTI.

    • Thanks Miss Laurel! I know, dirty bathrooms are the worst…that’s where strong legs and sanitizer come in. So close those eyes and squat!
      Can be kind of meditative… 🙂

      • Drink as much water as you can stand. Vitamin C helps. I have used Cystex for the pain when I didn’t have the RX. Good stuff.I am now on a prescription asenitptic called Urex that prevents me from having infections. They are marvelous!!! If you have frequent UTIs, maybe your doctor will prescribe some for you. Some doctors do not believe in prevention, but this stuff has changed the quality of my life!!

  3. great post! amoxicillin always does the job for me, though i have to take it three times a day for seven days to make sure the infection is totally gone! will take the other tips religiously. being on the run sometimes make me forget… thanks for the tips!

    • When treated prpomtly and properly, UTIs rarely lead to complications. But left untreated, a urinary tract infection can become something more serious than a set of uncomfortable symptoms.Untreated UTIs can lead to acute or chronic kidney infections (pyelonephritis), which could permanently damage your kidneys ..you just need some antibitiocs to treat your symptoms why are you afraid of docs? why continue with something that is easily treatable?

  4. I have had great success with crrrbeany- BUT YOU HAVE to catch it before it gets bad. At the first inkling you should Drink crrrbeany juice, take the capsules of crrrbeany extract, drink lots of water too. Watch what you are doing prior to getting a UTI you may have gotten dehydrated, may have waited too long to go to the bathroom. Cranberry makes the lining of the urinary tract slippery so that bacteria can’t adhere to the walls and cause an infection. Make sure that your privates are very clean before sex, the vagina is very near the urethra and bacteria can get pushed up. Go to the bathroom after sex too! Try to alkalize your body with a diet of mainly vegetables and little meat, sugar, dairy and things that turn to acid in the system AND of course use Therapeutic quality essential oils regularly. If you already have a bad one- you may need that Dr. to get you through this one THEN pay attention!

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