Help...tips for hiking on your period

You’ve got a camping or backpacking trip planned and your moon cycle doesn’t care - it’s coming.

You’ve got a camping or backpacking trip planned and your moon cycle doesn’t care - it’s coming.

The lack of restroom facilities on your wilderness trip may seem like cause for your concern, but it’s really no big deal. Once you’ve learned our tips for hiking on your period, you’ll be prepared for a few more things.

First, know your options.

There are many different options when it comes to sanitary care. Decide which feminine hygiene products work best for you:

Menstrual cup

The menstrual cup is a small silicone or latex cup that functions similar to a tampon. This a great eco-friendly option as it can often be reused for years and leaves behind zero waste. It can take some practice to get used to properly inserting the cup so make sure to practice at home before enduring your backpacking trip.

How to use: After 12 hours of wear, remove the cup and empty it in the same kind of hole you’d dig for bathroom use. Make sure to cover the hole. Rinse the empty cup with clean water or a wipe and re-insert it. If you feel the need to really clean it, most menstrual cups can be boiled.

Tampons/Pads

If the idea of a menstrual cup doesn’t sound appealing, or you’re not into trying something new, stick with tampons and pads. The obvious downfall with these options is that you’ll have to carry your waste with you. Our period-kit prepares you to handle this. And if you want to reduce waste, there are applicator-free tampon options!

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Backpacking on your period feeling a bit less daunting?

Be sure to keep these general tips below in mind:

  • Bring plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes to clean your hands before handling any of your products.

  • Use unscented tampons in bear country.

  • Make sure to pack painkillers like Midol if you usually experience cramps or back pain.

  • It’s even more important to stay hydrated during this time of the month.

  • Never bury your products, you want to try your hardest to leave no trace.

We can never be prepared for every little thing nature throws our way, but we hope this tips and tricks on toilet etiquette, day hiking essentials and the best a #thickthighs girl can get in a legging!

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