A Comprehensive Guide On What To Do When Camping On Your Period
Periods and camping can be a challenge – keeping yourself comfortable and managing your menstrual flow among all the other things that can make camping on your period tricky. But it isn’t impossible and can actually be a great time.
As an experienced camper and a father of three, I understand that proper planning and preparation can be the difference between an awesome camping trip and a pretty miserable one. I have rounded up some of my top tips for what to do when camping on your period so you can stay comfortable and have an awesome outdoors experience.
1. Pack All the Supplies You Will Need
This is one of the most important things to do when preparing for a camping period. Make sure you have all the supplies you need to manage your period, such as period-proof underwear, pads, tampons, and wipes. You may also want to consider bringing along an extra pair of underwear and a few extra panty liners just in case.
Pack enough supplies to last you the duration of your trip and consider packing extras in case of emergency. Additionally, consider environmental friendly sanitary products like menstrual cups or reusable pads if you can.
2. Use Period-Proof Underwear
Period-proof underwear is a great way to stay comfortable when camping on your period. Period-proof underwear is made from a special material that is designed to absorb and protect against any unexpected menstrual leaks. It is also designed to be lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for camping.
If you don’t have period-proof underwear, consider changing your sanitary product more frequently, such as every four hours, to prevent any leaks. Here’s a helpful video on how to do this properly.
3. Stay Hydrated
Camping on your period means you’re going to need to stay hydrated to stay healthy and comfortable. While it can be tempting to skimp on the water to save weight in your pack, it’s important to drink plenty of water throughout your trip. Try to drink a few of liters a day, depending on the length and intensity of your activities.
It would be wise to bring along a water bottle on your camping trip, not only to keep you hydrated but to easily flush your menstrual blood.
4. Wear Comfy Clothes
Camping on your period can be uncomfortable, so wear clothes that are comfortable and give you a calming feeling if you experience cramps. Since the weather tends to be cooler when camping, it is best to opt for layers. Try to wear clothes to keep your menstrual flow away from your skin such as leggings or trousers with an inner layer of period-proof underwear.
Opt for breathable, lightweight clothes to keep you from over heating. Additional,e avoid tight clothing like jeans or tight yoga pants, as they can be restricting and cause you to overheat.
5. Have a Menstrual Kit Handy
Not to be confused with the supplies you packed at the start of the trip, a menstrual kit should include items such as Ibuprofen, a heating pad, an unused bathroom wipe and a spare pair of underwear. This way, if you experience cramps or an unexpected leak, the items in the kit can help you manage.
6. Embrace Movement
Mild physical activity can help ease cramps while on your period so consider embracing that during your camping trip. Activities like walking, yoga, or stretching can help reduce bloating and pain. For yoga, you don’t even need a mat – just the ground!
7. Take Care of Hygiene
Good hygiene should always be a top priority, especially when camping on your period. Make sure to keep your campsite sanitized and practice good hygiene during your menstrual cycle. This means cleaning your hands regularly, washing your face and body at least twice a day, and changing your sanitary products regularly.
Camping on your period doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a successful and relaxing camping experience, even on your period. Make sure to pack all the supplies you need, invest in period-proof underwear, stay hydrated, wear comfy clothes, and have a menstrual kit handy. Embracing movement can help ease cramps and taking care of hygiene is essential.
With these tips in mind, you can enjoy a happy and comfortable period camping trip.