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There’s one thing every female traveler has to deal with on her travels. Well, at least every YOUNG female traveler. Her period. But, how do you deal with your period when traveling? It’s annoying. It’s messy. I usually ruin at least one pair of underwear during my cycle and I can only pack so much underwear. Ugh. I’ve compiled some options for what to do about your period when on the road…
How do you deal with your period when traveling:
Menstrual pads are always an option for your period. But who uses pads in real life? Pretty sure nobody. They’re big and bulky in your underwear and will be big and bulky in your backpack. Not recommended.
Tampons are my standard at home. They’re easy and comfortable — you totally forget they are there! But they may be hard for travel. They take up a lot of room in your backpack and are sometimes really hard to find (and/or really expensive!) in other countries. Especially third world countries where people don’t wear them. So while they are a great, standard option for your period, they may not be the best choice for traveling.
3. Reusable Tampons
You can also buy reusable tampons. Like, tampons made of sea sponges. That just sounds weird to me but whatever, it’s an option. I guess you just stick it up in yourself then take it out and wash it and then use it again when it’s dry. I don’t know, be sure to read the directions if you use them.
4. Birth Control
You can also totally stop your period by using birth control. Like with most birth control pills you take a hormoney pill for 21 days then a non-hormoney pill for 7 days. But you can totally skip the non-hormoney pills and go forever without a period. Other birth control options like the Mirena IUD, Depo-Provera shots, or vaginal rings (like NuvaRing), or birth control implant (like Implanon and Nexplanon) might totally stop your period, or at least make them come less frequently, too. So going, and staying on birth control might be a great way to stop you from getting your period while traveling and then you don’t have to worry about it! (And you won’t have to worry about getting PREGNANT abroad! LOL!)
NOTE: I’m totes not a doctor, just a backpacker, so don’t take medical advice from us, see your doctor!
5. Period Panties
Menstrual period panties are underwear with water-resistant lining that you can wear during your period to protect yourself from leakage. I’ve already blogged about the best underwear options for female travelers, but you might want a couple of pairs of these in your bag too. Now, they might not be the BEST for heavy periods because I think they only are for light leaking. So you might want to only wear these on light days or in combination with something else. But they’re a good option to have in your backpack!
6. DivaCup Menstrual Cup
OK, let’s talk DivaCup. I know a lot of travelers SWEAR by it but it seems kind of WEIRD to me! The DivaCup is a reusable plastic cup that you put inside of you down there so it can collect all your menstrual flow. Seems icky but I guess so are tampons! The best part of the DivaCup for travelers is that it’s reusable. So you only need to buy one and carry one with you and never have to worry about running out of tampons or finding them in weird Asian 7-Elevens. So it’s a totally awesome alternative for dealing with your period while traveling. Have any of you female travelers used a DivaCup? What do you think?
There are so. many. options. for what to do about your period when traveling. I’m not sure which one is best. Should I use tampons? Use birth control? Get a DivaCup? I DON’T KNOW!!!!
How do YOU deal with YOUR period when traveling?