Traveling & Your Period:
Tips for a Comfortable Journey
If you’re like most women, we think you’ll agree that the 3-10 day window where you’re on your period isn’t the most fun, comfortable or enjoyable time of the month. Even when you’re sitting at home in your comfiest clothing, all wrapped up in a plush blanket with a hot water bottle resting on your abdomen and your favorite kind of your chocolate in your hand, period week is a less-than-good experience that most women must endure each month. When you’ve got exciting travel plans or a fun journey ahead, period week is even more tumultuous.
If you’ve got travel plans ahead and your period is looming, we’ve got some tips to help your trip be as painless as possible.
5 Tips for Traveling on Your Period:
Pack Smart: Whether or not you are expecting your period, it’s best not to give everyone’s favorite Aunt Flo a chance to catch you unawares. Travel can interrupt your regular cycle and as you travel, you may not have access to a store where you can purchase pads or tampons. Even if you are not expecting your period, be sure to pack a good supply of pads and tampons in a readily accessible piece of luggage so they will be available throughout your journey.
Prepare Yourself: Depending on where you are traveling to, there are a number of things that you can pack just in case you find yourself in an uncomfortable or awkward situation:
Toilet Paper – If you are traveling to a developing nation or camping in the wilderness, you might find yourself without toilet paper. A smart traveller always remembers to pack their own roll of toilet paper just in case.
Opaque Freezer Bags: If you find yourself somewhere without a trash can, the last thing you want to have to deal with is figuring out what you’re going to do with your used pad or tampon. Bring a few opaque bags along on your travels just in case. Once you find a trash can, you can dispose of your pads or tampons.
Bottled Water: Whenever you handle a pad or tampon, you should be sure that you have clean hands. Throughout your travels, you might find that you lack access to a sink or clean water. Bring along a bottle of water so that you will be able to wash your hands.
Hand Sanitizer: Cleanliness is super important when using pads or tampons to prevent toxic shock syndrome and other infections. Before using a pad or tampon, make sure that your hands are clean and sanitized by using a hand sanitizer.
Visit the Lady’s Room: When embarking on a long journey, you might not have access to a bathroom for extended lengths of time. If this is the case, make sure you take advantage of every stop at a restroom. Taking the time to change your tampon or pad when you stop will prevent leaks and also means you won’t be wearing your tampon for longer than the recommended 3-6 hours.
Get Comfortable: If you’re expecting your period, it’s probably a good idea to dress in comfortable, loose fitting clothing when you head out on your trip. The last thing you want to be dealing with while you’re stuck on a long plane or bus ride is cramps and tight-fitting skinny jeans. If you’re worried about looking your best while you travel, wear some smart-looking yoga pants or a loose-fitting dress.
Make Healthy Choices: Like most women, you might crave chocolate, sweets, chips and greasy food while you’re on your period. Unhealthy snacks can worsen bloating and uncomfortable period symptoms. Instead of loading yourself up with chocolate, snack on fruits, vegetables and nuts while you travel.
All of these tips will make traveling while on your period a little bit more bearable. The most important thing to remember, however, is to not let your period slow you down or make your trip unenjoyable. No matter what you’re doing, or where you are going, have fun and make the most of the exciting new experience and adventures that lay ahead!