The menstrual period, also known as menstruation, is the monthly shedding of the endometrium lining of a woman’s uterus through the vagina.
The period can be uncomfortable, very inconvenient, and troublesome especially when on a trip.
However, with a detailed plan, you can go on with any of your intended activities or trips without any fear.
Here are some of the tips that can help you travel confidently while you are on your period.
- Plan ahead
Planning goes a long way when trying to get something done. So, preparing accordingly should be the first thing on your mind when planning a trip.
Even though your period can be unpredictable, using some methods and apps can help you have an idea of when to expect it. This way, you will be able to plan adequately and won’t be caught off guard.
- Get your period kit
Since you now know you may have your period during your trip, pack anything and everything you will need in abundance.
Assemble your menstrual products — pads, tampons, wipers, and the likes — in a portable, accessible bag. You should also take note that the period you’re traveling isn’t the best time to try new menstrual products.
Therefore, it’s advisable to go with the brand you’re used to already.
Menstrual products of your choice, panty liners, underwear, pain relief, and heating pad are some of the essentials of your period kit.
- Pack comfortable clothes
Feeling suffocated by clothes is definitely the last thing you want to feel during this period, right?
So, slightly loose and comfy clothes should be your first choice while packing your clothes.
- Have a plan B
Prepare for unforeseen circumstances as well. Packing your period essentials might not just be enough so an emergency kit can be your best bet.
Pack an emergency kit that will contain wipes and plastic bags. Wipes for bad toilet situations and a plastic bag to dispose of your stained pad/tampon when no bin is in sight.
- Eat right
During menstruation, you lose blood and also experience hormonal imbalance so eating right is necessary.
You also have to be more conscious about what you eat because you’re on a trip.
Taking some menstrual unfriendly foods while traveling may lead to painful cramps and bloating and could make the trip unmemorable.
It is therefore advisable to switch to healthy foods like nuts, and fruits. Also, don’t forget to stay hydrated to help reduce weakness and cramps.
- Plan for easy activities
Traveling on your period should not stop you from enjoying the trip. However, while planning for fun activities during the trip, your period must also be considered.
Choose activities that are less strenuous, relaxing, and fit for your period. Activities like hiking can be ditched for sightseeing, and book reading.
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