I need j-pouch travel tips ASAP for sharing a bathroom with strangers! Travel stuff that 100% eliminates smell!
Since I had my surgery at 28 yrs old (5 years ago), I've pretty much avoided going anywhere that would require me to share a restroom with someone. I'm a self-conscious, shy, introverted woman with Asperger's/ASD and an anxiety disorder. Having a j-pouch has not been easy for me and had added difficulties (i.e. ASD issues = sensory issues, easily embarrassed, need to be prepared for everything, trouble socializing, being a private person, sensory overload, trouble sleeping).
But... 1. I can't afford having my own restroom, & 2. I'm tired of my jpouch anxiety getting in the way of having a life, like traveling. When you're young, single, don't have a stable life, want to date, want to explore and go on adventures... this kind of thing just... really sucks.
For the first time post-surgery, I want to try going a weekend-long dance weekend. But this requires sharing housing with multiple strangers and 2 bathrooms with fellow dancers (like 5-10 people). If I could afford to get a place with my own bathroom (and bedroom), I would. But I just can't.
Travel advice needed for: how can I make my issue basically unnoticeable, in smell and otherwise, to the multiple other people forced to share a bathroom with me? The sound is embarrassing... but what I'm MOST concerned to the point of having it stopping me from going is smelling up the bathroom. My stuff smells very bad.
I did recently buy Poo-Pourri spray to use "before you go". But:
- Is there anything that works even better than Poo-Pourri that I should buy?
- Which specific products cover up the smell 100%?
- I always forget to use it before I go. Is there anything similar that will cover up the smell 100% AFTER I "go"?
- Any advice for eliminating or softening the sound as well, since it'll be cramped quarters.
Thank you. I'm so anxious but just so sick of barriers stopping me from having a life. Bad experiences traumatize me from trying again.