Let’s talk periods. For as long as I can remember I’ve always hated that time of the month. Let’s face it, periods pop up at the worst times! For example, you have a special night planned with bae or you’ve got a night out on the town planned with the girls. Maybe if my period would just come when my app says it’s coming, we would have a better relationship, but the surprise visits don’t sit well with me. But what do we really hate about periods? For me, it’s the intense cramps, the backaches, arguing with my partner for no reason and my mood swings that are so sharp I get whiplash. It’s a lot. Now, how do you travel with all this going on? You have to prepare to combat any mishap. I know this sounds like Mission Impossible, but I’ve done it and so can you! Here are a few things you’ll need for your mission:
1. Pack A Period Kit
Yes, a period kit! In this zip lock bag or pouch you’ll have everything you need to keep feeling fresh and comfortable for the entire trip, even if water activities are included.
Period Kit Checklist
Tampons/Sanitary Napkins (Please pack more than you need)
Plastic Bags (small)
Plastic bags really come in handy if by chance the bathroom facilities available don’t have proper disposal bins for your sanitary napkins or tampons. Feeling fresh and clean is the aim here, so in case of any accidents you can always slip into your comfortable extra pair of undies! Trust me, all the items in your period kit are great to have at your disposal.
2. Dress Comfortably
Comfort is key when travelling, especially while on your period. Wear breathable clothing that doesn’t fit too tightly as this could make your menstrual discomfort worse. If you can, opt for darker clothing in case of the off chance you have an accident it’s not too noticeable.
3. Swim Good
If your trip includes water activities, be sure to wear a tampon in the water. Pads and water, don’t mix! Your pad will lose it’s adhesive and stands the chance of slipping off in the water. Remember pads were built to absorb, you wouldn’t want your pad soaking up the whole pool or ocean leaving nothing for the other guests to enjoy, would you? Personally I stick to tampons when swimming, but you can always opt to use a menstrual cup.
4. Stay Hydrated
Now, you know water is good for just about anything. Keeping hydrated is a major key as this will help your muscles to relax, and lessen period cramps. So bottoms up!
5. Focus On Having Fun
Let’s say, mind over cramps! Focus on having fun on your vacation rather than on the cramps you might have from time to time. I totally understand that cramps are different for everyone, and I’m not trying to downplay the pain you’re going through, but sometimes it’s a matter of mind over matter. Focus on the good things like the beautiful views, delicious food & cool people you’re about to meet!
Well, there you have it. That’s how I travel unspotted! I hope these tips will help you to think twice about cancelling an amazing vacation ever again! Stay tuned to my Instagram @yourtravellingpen for more travel tips & inspiration!