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Adefolake: Toilet Training when on long Trips!

I know what you are thinking, “Is she really writing an article on toilet training?” Well…Yes! That is the beauty about having your website, you can write on any topic especially when it is importantšŸ˜Š.

Anyways, back to the topic. I never would have thought about writing such an article but my last trip has left me no choice.

On my flight back into the country after a much needed holiday, I was astonished at the amount of times people visited the lavatories. Initially I thought I was overthinking it until I saw a couple of people visit the toilet over four times on a six hour flight.

I know it is not in my place to judge how many times people visit the toilet and it is also not my business, but a few tips here and there might help someone in the nearest future. It is sort of my business especially when the people are sitting on your row. A lady in the next row tried to sleep but the other two ladies beside her kept interrupting her sleep. They each stood up twice to use the lavatory making her stand up four times and thereby interrupting her sleep.

I am aware some people have medical conditions and I am not insensitive to those people…I understand. I believe this article is for people who do not have any medical condition but simply do not have toilet training for long trips.

I was once in a convoy on a road trip and we had to stop twice because a passenger had runny stomach. After much inquiry, it was gathered he bought something by the road side which might have caused the discomfort.

The nature of my job has taught me toilet training for long trips in the most interesting ways and now I will like to share a few things I have learnt over the years.

Lack of toilet training makes people eat or drink foods which can cause discomfort forcing them to use the toilet or develop abdominal pain.

We have seen situations an aircraft has being stopped because someone stayed too long in the lavatory and the cabin crew became worried and made an emergency landing. After landing, they discovered the passenger had a runny stomach.

There are certain food items one should not eat when on a trip, whether short or long trips because they can cause Diarrhea and there might be no toilet around. especially in a place like Nigeria.

When drinking water or other liquids it is important to know how much water one should take on this trips to minimize the amount of times one has to stop to use the rest room.

My recent experience has encouraged me to highlight a few do’s and don’ts when on a trip:

DO’s & DON’Ts when on a trip!

  1. Minimize your water intake while on a trip to reduce frequent visits to the toilet.
  2. Avoid eating foods that can cause runny stomach while on trips such as diary products.
  3. If you are irritable to a certain food item, abstain from eating it while on trips.
  4. You do not have to eat everything given to you on a flight, especially if you do not know what it is.
  5. Ask the air host and hostesses questions about the food before eating, if it is an unfamiliar food.
  6. If you have an allergy, make sure you make a special request when booking your flight so your food can be prepared specially.
  7. Give few minutes before eating different food items. Do not eat everything at once, it could cause stomach upset.
  8. Stop eating when you feel full. You do not want to vomit on a flight or in a vehicle.
  9. When pressed, quickly head to the lavatory or ask the vehicle for a quick stop. Do not hold it in, this could cause further discomfort.
  10. Too much of everything is bad, excess fruits, nuts or any food item can cause an upset. Eat everything in moderation.
  11. Check for expiry dates on food items as eating expired food can cause complications.
  12. When unsure if a food item is bad or has expired, do not eat it.

Trips, whether road, train, sea or flight are best enjoyed when one has the discipline to watch what you eat and there is no need to visit the lavatory multiple times within a short time.

Especially for people prone to infection, it is advisable you take all precautions to avoid contacting infection from a public toilet.

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