Women of the world! Wondering how to survive your period while traveling? Your period on vacation can happen anywhere, any time. But traveling on your period does not mean you have to stop enjoying your journey.
I’ve picked up lots of period tips and tricks throughout my solo travels and discovered some amazing products, to make my own ‘period kit’. I pack it in my backpack and I’m always good to go. I’m going to share it all with you now, so take what you wish from it so you can make up your own period survival kit, unique to you.
Let’s face it…traveling and backpacking on your period isn’t the most convenient thing. But since when has ‘inconvenience’ stopped you lady? We all have different needs when we’re menstruating, which is why this bumper period survival guide is for all of you.
I’ll show you:
♥ how traveling can change your cycle
♥ what’s possible whilst camping, hiking, flying, swimming and sleeping
♥ wonderful menstrual products (they’re brill!)
♥ and if you really want, I’ll show you how to stop your period for a week
Can travelling make your period late? It sure can, especially if you’re changing time zones. Your menstrual cycle is sensitive to hormonal changes and boarding a flight exposes your uterus to the elements. You may experience jet lag afterwards (trouble falling and staying asleep, digestive issues, disorientation) and this causes stress on the body = menstrual cycle mayhem argh.
Traveling East to West is worse than West to East as your womb will be adjusting to a shorter day. Meh.
Increased/decreased exercise and weight loss can also cause your period to stop or skip a month.
What does this mean for your travel period?
It means that your period might say hello earlier or later than you expect. Make sure you’re armed with contraceptives if you’re not trying to get pregnant as you’ll be fertile at a different time to normal.
Because you could start your period at any time, check out my favourite period products below so you’re ready.
Air pressure changes your flow. Up in the air it will be lighter. Yet, once you hit the ground, it’s going to be heavier! Can you bring tampons on a plane? Sure. But there are better ways to manage your period while flying.
For the flight, I like to use my Lily Cup menstrual cup or my reusable menstrual pads so I can see what my body and flow is doing. To manage your heavy flow when you land, it’s a great idea to wear some period panties so you’re covered.
If you’re camping while on your period in the backcountry, this means you’ll have no immediate access to waste disposal. This is where I really do recommend you invest in a Lily Menstrual Cup: there’s no waste you’ll have to discard! Please remember to travel responsibly and bury the contents of the cup in a cat hole you’ve dug 6-8 inches deep, 200 ft away from any water source.
Special tip! To keep bugs and wildlife at bay, put dry tea bags inside the plastic bag with the used products to keep nasties at bay. Apart from that, keep an eye out for stinging nettles and pointy branches when you’re squatting down to do your period business. Hehe!
Can you swim on your period? Sure you can girl! Can you swim with a tampon and menstrual cup? Absolutely, and it is now possible to swim with a pad if you want to, thanks to the clever people at Ruby Love and their period swimwear. Hell yes.
Ruby Love have created underwear and swimwear which is 100% leakproof and discreet. So whatever your style (be it swimming with tampons, a menstrual cup or a pad), nothing is getting in your way. Being on your period, you can swim, paddleboard, snorkel or relax on the beach like a total boss. Sorted.
There’s your period, then there’s the times when it can really start to waterfall. If you’re bleeding more than 60ml in your cycle, then you’re on the heavy end of the spectrum.
A menstrual cup holds three times as much fluid as a super tampon, so I always use mine on heavy days. Menstrual cups are healthy, environmentally friendly and a great way to measure how much you are bleeding so you can stay connected with your body. Investing in a menstrual cup will save you money in the long run too. For added protection, pop on a pair of period panties.
To deal with bad period pains, drink lots of water and avoid high-fat, sugary foods. If your period is interfering with your travels, I recommend speaking to a doctor (always have travel insurance when you’re on the road!). They might recommend hormonal birth control to help you out.
When you get your period, this is what you can use to make your menstruation as stress-free as possible, so you can get on with your adventures. Wondering particularly how to manage periods without pads and tampons? I got you covered.
♥ Picking one of the products below means you will save more money to travel
♥ The environment will love you: less plastic, less waste
♥ You’ll be way more in touch with your body and cycle = girl power
I love using my Lily Cup menstrual cup. It’s a latex-free product, made of premium medical-grade silicone that does not cause sensitivity or allergic reactions. You can wear it internally everyday (or night) for up to 12 hours whilst it collects your menstrual fluid.
I am obsessed with menstrual cups for the following reasons:
♥ help you to connect to your body and flow
My Lily Cup is perfect for when I’m working out on my period. 12 hours of use means I can spend a whole day hiking, backpacking and having adventures. My thighs don’t get sore from having to wear pads too.
There are two types of Lily Cups. The Lily Cup Compact is collapsible, perfect for backpacking and ladies with a light to medium flow. Have a heavy flow? It’s still totally for you; you will just have to empty it more often. It’s also shorter, so great for women with a shorter vaginal canal.
The Lily Cup on the other hand, is great for all levels of flow. It’s longer i.e. perfect for higher cervixes, but it can be easily trimmed to make it shorter.
There are also different sizes in both of the cups. Size A is great for women who haven’t given birth or have given birth by Cesarean. Size B is great for women who have given birth naturally or have a weaker pelvic floor.
Inserting and removing a Lily Cup does take a little practice but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s easy.
Period panties are underwear which you pop on and directly bleed into if you’re a light to medium flow. No smell, no mess, no leaks. Just seriously awesome magical underwear. At the end of the day, I’ll take the knickers off, hand wash them in the sink of my accommodation, air-dry them out, then they’re good to go again.
I’ve been using period panties for quite a few years now and I freaking LOVE them.
A big pro for many women with period panties is that you don’t have to insert any product into yourself if your period is light to medium. BUT please note: for some ladies, period panties just aren’t enough and you’ll need extra protection on heavy days.
Want to save money on menstrual products but not use a menstrual cup? How about trying reusable cloth menstrual pads? Reusable menstrual pads wrap around your underwear and snap into place. The bamboo makes these pads super absorbent, caring for sensitive skin and neutralises odours naturally. You can easily wash the pads in cold water with a little soap, dry them out, then they’re ready to be used again. Voila!
Personally, I haven’t tried them yet, but I want to give you all the possible options! A sea sponge is inserted internally like a tampon and it absorbs your menstrual fluid. When you are ready to change, you remove it, wash it out and can then clean it to be used again. It’s not my favourite, because inserting and taking out these things can be messy. I just don’t see it as the best option if you’re on an adventure.
Yet, many women do love Sea Pearl Sponge Tampons for having sex whilst on your period. Pop it in and your partner will never know you’re menstruating apparently!
Maybe you just can’t bear the thought of being on your period whilst you’re on holiday. If you’re going away for a short vacation and don’t want to be menstruating at this time, there are some ways to stop your period while on holiday.
I’m gonna be honest with you though girls. I don’t think it’s good to mess with your cycle and your hormones. There are a ton of ideas above to help you survive your period while traveling. Please consider these first before going down the ‘no period’ route. Still want to know? Mmm OK, but it involves drugs, a pill to delay period and a bunch of side effects.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘period on vacation’ tips and advice! Traveling on your period should now hopefully feel like a breeze. Double check what you need with my period survival kit list below, and you should be all prepared and ready to face the world! Go conquer the world girl!
How to do you survive your period while traveling?