I’m sure that everyone has had that problem: you have that trip that you spent months preparing for (both physically and mentally) only to look at the calendar and come to the realization that your periods will arrive right on time to ruin your mood. And it does kind of sour the mood, doesn’t it? Maybe you planned something active (like a hike or some sightseeing in the mountains) or just wanted to spend some quality time with your significant other. And who wants to think about menstruation during a trip anyway? Exactly, no one.
But we are here to put most of your concerns to rest and share some helpful tips on how to travel while on your period and still enjoy it through airports, taxi rides, and long journeys on foot alike.
Pack Your Pads
Yeah, yeah, it’s a pretty obvious step, but also the most important one. Take with you everything that you might need in abundance – pads, tampons, cups, whatever you prefer. In some areas of the world, those basic sanitary products may not be easily accessible or may be too expensive for your liking. Don’t forget your hand sanitiser and wet wipes as well. We don’t want to be dirty while on our periods!
Bring an Emergency Kit
Some people can get through their periods without medical assistance, but if you are not in that category, don’t forget to pack your meds. It’s not a good idea to leave it to chance or hope that someone somewhere will have what you need. You don’t want to spend your holidays lying in your hotel bed in the foetal position, so prepare in advance. Take your Livia period pain relief machine, some painkillers, and any other medication or tools that will assist you with period cramps.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
We know that it’s a trip, and you want to wear whatever you want, and we are not telling you not to! But listen! Your body will thank you if you settle for something comfortable. It will help you not feel too self-conscious. It doesn’t mean your outfit can’t be cute. Just don’t pick slim-fitting jeans if you want to be comfy on your ride to the hotel. And swimming is also not off the table! Pick some elegant-looking, dark bikinis and go for it.
Drink a Lot of Water
Staying hydrated is especially important during your period! It’s also helpful if you plan to spend your holidays somewhere really warm. Hydration will help you stay active and aid you during acclimatization.
Plan Some Light Exercise
Okay, so we don’t want to sound like that one annoying friend that constantly says that if you just smoked less and maybe went on a run from time to time, all your problems would go away. But some exercise may actually be helpful in this case. It doesn’t have to be a full hour of you sweating in the gym. A light yoga session or a jog will do the job. It will help you focus and relieve your mind, get you ready for a full day of activities, and help with any cramps you might have. Also, keep in mind that, for some reason, exercising doesn’t feel like such a struggle when you are on a trip. Believe me.
Don’t Worry if your Period doesn’t flow as usual
I’m sure you already know, but an abundance of stress can mess with your periods a little, and planning a trip is plenty stressful! Try to keep your nerves under control; drink your water, eat delicious food, take your vitamins, get some sleep. Maybe meditate and go for a jog if that’s your thing! We don’t want any surprises to ruin our long-awaited holiday!
Don’t Forget to Relax!
And last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy yourself regardless! Seize the day and what not. A trip is exactly the right time to lie on the beach without a care in the world, or sleep the day away if that’s your idea of fun. Get some much-needed rest! A nap will also help to relieve some of the pain from your menstruation. What’s not to like!