Traveling On Your Period:
So this will be a short post to address an important concern for women traveling on your period. Dealing with your period while traveling is an inevitability for many women especially if they are long-term backpackers. So this post is just to allay any concerns and to give you some tips to help keep your travels smooth.
First Things First…
There are women all over the world and just like the rest of us they are being tortured every month with their periods. I mention this as a reminder that the chances of you ending up in a place with no options for how to catch blood is incredibly slim. There may not be the options you are used to but there will be options. The women who live in those countries have learned how to get by because that’s what we women do…we are resourceful.
But as I said before, you won’t always run into what you’re used to. For example, in some places it’s easier to get pads than it is to get tampons so if you prefer tampons, you should pack enough to get you through your trip.
The beauty of pads is that they weight next to nothing. You can stuff your backpack with a few month’s worth of the stuff and not have to worry about going over your weight limit. All the places I have been, I have never had trouble finding pads but sometimes I have had trouble finding them with wings. I say this as a tip for women who prefer wings. Pack some if your travels happen to take you to South Korea and/or Southeast Asia. You’ll be able to find pads just fine but finding wings can be more of a search.
Some of the more rural destinations may not have tampons available for you to buy so, in this case, it’s a good idea to have a stash.
People have been raving about diva/menstrual cups for a while now and many female travelers swear by them. Traveling on your period has suddenly become a whole lot simpler because you don’t have to worry about pads or tampons or specific brands or any of it. You only have to keep track of one small cup that will handle all your business and can be washed and reused.
So how do you handle it when you’re trapped on a plane for half a day with your period? That is a great question. In this case, it’s not really about pad vs. tampon vs. diva cup. It’s more about feeling clean and fresh which is why I suggest all women pack feminine wipes in their backpacks and carry-ons. Being able to whip those out when you don’t have access to a shower is the key to maintaining your hygiene while on the road and especially while you’re flying.
There You Have It!
So I hope this post on traveling on your period will help you make the best travel decisions for your lady business. Our periods do not (and should not) have to be an issue while we travel because there are so many options available to us and way to make things a little easier. For more tips on what to bring on your travels, check out the solo female travel packing list next!