Traveling, for many of us is an escape from our everyday lives – a chance to explore new cultures, discover incredible cuisines, and take in breathtaking scenery. But sometimes when we’re on these journeys, reality can catch up with us – and that includes dealing with your period while traveling. Don’t worry though! Having your cycle while traveling doesn’t have to be daunting or uncomfortable. In this blog post, I’ll share tried-and-tested hacks so you can navigate the unique challenges of staying comfortable and cared for during your period while traveling – so you can focus on having the adventure of a lifetime!
When you get your period while traveling, it’s important to be prepared – that means packing the right products. When choosing which items to bring with you, it’s important to keep in mind where you will be staying, your planned activities, and (of course) the environment!
Your cycle might change
As someone who loves to travel, I know firsthand that it can be both exciting and stressful. But one thing that often goes unmentioned is how it can affect your period. I've experienced it myself - jet lag, changing time zones, and different sleeping patterns can all throw off your normal cycle. It can be frustrating, even alarming at times. That's why it's so important to be prepared.
Be extra prepared!
When I know I will be traveling I put a tampon in each bag I will be bringing with me just to be safe. Because infrastructure and waste management are an issue in many destinations you should bring some eco-friendly period products that are compostable or biodegradable.
Flying while on your period
When I know I'll be on my period during an international flight, I always opt for the safest option: either a menstrual dis and period underwear or just period underwear. I always also bring pain relief just to be more comfortable. Personally, I love to bring a heat patch for international flights while on my period.
Bring the right products
Make sure that you have tried and tested the period products you plan on bringing. Often it is worth trying new products and it is much easier in the comfort of your own home. Here are my favorite tried and tested period products for traveling.
I recently switched to using a menstruation disc instead of regular tampons. I am absolutely in love with using the disc and can only full-heartedly recommend it to anyone. For once, I love that I do not have to worry about the trash or disposing of the products. Secondly, wearing a disk is so much more comfortable than a cup or tampons! I can not feel it all while it lasts for at least 12 hours even during my heavy day. Thirdly, it is super easy to handle once you get used to it. Making it the perfect companion even when you cannot wash your hands directly after. And finally, it is way less to pack than a whole bunch of tampons!
I have long been using them at home and shied away from packing them when traveling. That definitely changed after I tried and tested washing them by hand. Now I always bring at least two on each trip I go on.
Eco-friendly period products
Make sure to always carry some products with you, just in case!
Be aware of different customs
Before heading out on your next adventure, make sure to do some research regarding the cultural norms surrounding periods in the country you’ll be visiting. Being aware of any taboos will help ensure a smooth trip! For example, you are not supposed to adhere to the traditional Sabbath celebrations of Rastafarais, etc. In parts of Africa and South America it is taboo to talk about your period.
Research alternative products
Many countries have their own menstrual care products, so research this before leaving! For example, India has a range of Ayurvedic-based products that you can purchase and use while traveling. This could be the perfect opportunity to try something new!
Menstrual products and the availability thereof vary greatly among travel destinations. So make sure to come prepared!
Backpacking is all about having an adventure and exploring the unknown so don't let packing overwhelm you and take away from your fun. With these tips, you can have your backpack