Travel Hacks for When You’re On Your Period During Vacation
One thing that our male travel counterparts never have to think about is that “time of the month” while traveling. Often times, we find ourselves planning our trip around our cycle or finding ways to make it work. While it can be slightly inconvenient, it shouldn’t stop you from traveling.
Read on for travel hacks for when you’re on your period and see the world, girl!
1. Do Your Research
Depending on where you’ll be traveling to, some places in Europe and Australia have tampons with no applicators. While some places in Asia may not have any sanitary products readily available.
You may have to go to Western stores or even get them from the pharmacy.
If this is the case, make sure to think ahead and bring what you’ll need.
2. Consider Skipping Your Period
If you are on birth control, you have the option to skip a period for a short-term vacation. You can do this by not taking the placebo pills and continuing with your birth control to skip a cycle.
While I wouldn’t do this personally, it is definitely an option that will eliminate the inconvenience of your cycle while traveling.
Check out Knixteen’s guide on how to induce your period, you’ll be on your way!
3. Pack Female Sanitary Products
Think about the duration of your trip and what you’ll need. Bring tampons and pads. If you’ll be swimming, having enough tampons is always a good idea. Bring what you think you’ll need but, if you’re going on a long-term trip, pack a couple of boxes. If not, save the luggage space.
If you have a long overseas flight and use tampons, make sure you are changing frequently. There is always a risk of toxic shock syndrome if you leave a tampon in too long. To avoid this, use pads during your flight and change accordingly.
4. Consider Using a Cup
While using a menstrual cup isn’t for everyone, it can be a great option for long-term travelers. You can use one for up to 12 hours and since it’s reusable, it will be no cost for you.
They last for several years and all you need to do is empty, wash thoroughly, and re-insert. It’s a great option for those who are eco-conscious as well.
Another option to consider would be using period panties. They’re really popular right now!
5. Bring Comfy Clothes
When you’re on your cycle, you know that you get bloated. Bring comfy yet stylish clothes that you’ll feel comfortable in and won’t be too tight.
The point is to enjoy your vacation and not have to worry about your clothes causing discomfort.
Dresses, yoga pants, or leggings are great options. You can pair them with comfy shoes and accessories, and you’ll still be styling!
6. Don’t Forget the Meds
If you have painful cycles, it’s always safe to say that you’ll need meds. Whether you take acetaminophen or Midol, make sure you pack it for relief. You can also bring ibuprofen which is an anti-inflammatory. As always, consult your doctor on what the best options for you are.
7. Bring the Heat
For me, applying heat when bloated is a godsend. It helps tremendously and when paired with pain-relief meds, I’m saved. A small refillable water heat bag is easy to pack. All you need is hot water from your hotel tap, and you’re set.
There are so many wonderful things about being a woman. Even our monthly cycles, while not as convenient, are a beautiful thing. Now that you have these travel hacks for when you’re on your period during vacation–you’re set!
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Get out there, see the world, experience culture, and see all the things!
Your period is not gonna stop you.
have any travel hacks for when you’re on your period while on vacation?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.