Ultimate Guide to Managing Period When You Travel
Almost 6 out of 10 times I'm travelling, I have my period. Because of that, I have become an expert in handling period when on the go. From coping up with the pain to perfectly packing waste, this post covers it all.
PERIOD TRACKER APP
In order to check due dates, I highly recommend having an app/calendar with predicted dates. This will help you plan your trips. I use the Period Tracker app. Learn how to use it in this post.
PAIN RELIEF TABLETS
I literally always hoped I was dead on the first day of period; the pain is so bad. But, since a year now, I haven't come across such brutal pain. If you're someone who has severe pain, visit your gynaec. My gynaec had prescribed Dynapar Spas tablets; he asked me to consume one whenever I had severe pain. So when you travel, make sure you have some sort of pain relief tablets.
PAIN RELIEF BALM
Carry a pain relief balm. I use Amrutanjan as it works wonders for me. You can try applying balm if you don't want to consume pills. If you can, carry hot water bag too!
LONG SANITARY NAPKINS
Invest in long pads. When we're travelling, especially with strangers, we always are worried about stains. Best is to use long pads. Longer the pad, the better you feel. If you can't find long pads, just ask your mom to make a cloth-pad for you! Just place that long and thick cloth-pad on your underpants and then on top of that, put your regular pad. By this, even if there are stains, they'll go on the cloth directly and not on your pants.
EXTRA UNDERPANTS & PADS
Underpants are so light and won't take up lot of luggage space. If you're going on a one day trip then carrying only one extra pair of underpants is okay. However, if you're on a five-day long vacation, carry as many underpants as possible. Also, more number of pads, the better.
HYGIENE WASH, HYGIENE POWDER, HYGIENE WIPES
These are the three travel essentials nobody tells you about. When you're travelling, irrespective of period, carry a hygiene wash and powder. If you're on period, carry wipes along with them. You don't need to carry large size bottles; just use little containers for carrying. Read this post to know why you should carry all this.
NEWSPAPERS & PLASTIC BAGS
For wrapping used pads, you need these two items. Just wrap the used pad in a newspaper sheet and then in a plastic bag. Know more about properly disposing pads right in this post.
If your period hasn't started yet, but the due date is during your trip, wearing panty liners is a safe option. These liners are mini pads and if at all you start menstruating on a road trip, where there's no washroom nearby, then panty liners will save you. They're also great to use during fourth and fifth days of period as the flow is less.
Period sucks all your energy and the best way to not only get energy, but staying hydrated, is by drinking juices and water constantly. Also, eat food that is rich in providing energy but is not too heavy for your stomach.
CHECK IF THE PLACE HAS WASHROOM
If you're on trip and have made plans of going to a museum/park, check where the washrooms are. Also, before going on any ride, check the status of your pad.
CARRYING A PERIOD EMERGENCY KIT
Lastly, when you're on trip and have to leave your hotel for sight-seeing, carry an emergency kit. The kit should have extra pad, extra underpants, extra leggings (in case of stains), pain relief tablets, juice, wet wipes, water spray or rose water spray, and hair ties. I'll write an elaborate post on the period emergency kit soon, so stay tuned.
What are your period hacks when on the go?