I personally think the absolute worst time for monthly periods to arrive is on the same week you’re traveling! Imagine walking down the side streets of Paris, admiring the quirky cafes or you’re walking the central square of Amsterdam playing with the pigeons when suddenly Aunt Flo arrives totally uninvited. What are you going to do?
Yes, I’m speaking out of experience since it happened to me while I was walking the central square of Amsterdam two years ago and I had to rush back to my hostel, which was thankfully only five minutes away. One of my roommates was reading a book on her bed, resting from her partying the night before. I gathered the courage to ask her if she had any napkins on her since I had no idea where to buy some. She smiled and said yes in her Swedish accent and I thanked her over and over. I was so embarrassed but I’ve learned, and now every time I travel, I always keep five things in mind:
Pack your essentials.
Wherever you’re going, you’re not going to be 100% sure they will have what you’ll need. What if you’re in a rural area far from a convenience store or a supermarket? What if they don’t even carry the brand/kind of napkins you need?
During the first two days of our period is when 75% of liquids exit our bodies, so make sure you have a thick pad to avoid any leakage or stains. Modess All Night is perfect for the first two days because they’re 25% more absorbent than the regular kind, thus can absorb any sudden period gushes. The pads are thicker, longer, and wider. Stock up on at least six of these and a few regular ones for the days your period is about to end.
You might be thinking, “That’s just excess in my luggage!” which might be a little true, but think of the convenience and the hassle-free worry of knowing you can easily reach for a pad when you absolutely need it.
Have plastic bags, some tissue and wet wipes with you.
Imagine this: you’re traveling a third world country, in a very rural area, with basically no proper toilets or trash bins. What do you do with your used napkins? How do you clean up?
Buy some plastic bags you can get at supermarkets, they don’t have to be huge, something like a sandwich bag would do! Pack a few of these together with your tissue and your wet wipes. The next time you need to clean up, don’t just leave your used napkins behind. It’s unladylike and very rude! Place your mess in the plastic bag, knot it and throw it away at the nearest trash bin you’ll find as you go along!
Always bring pain reliever medicine
My choice of pain relievers is usually Advil. Nothing dampens your mood quicker than painful cramps. (Just be careful not to mix medicine with alcohol! It’s a huge no-no!)
Stay hydrated and wear comfortable clothing
Sometimes feeling icky is a period symptom. I know I get it every time. I feel bloated, I feel gross and uncomfortable. You can lessen these by staying hydrated (it lessens the bloating!) and wearing loose clothing — that means no tight skinny jeans that could be pressing on your abdomen! When I have my period, I like to wear lose shorts, skirts, or even dresses. If you’re worried your pad might move around, double up on the underwear. I swear by this and I’ve done it a few times!
Just have fun!
The worst thing you can do is let your period ruin your trip. It’s a situation you can definitely take control of, so don’t fret. It’s just a small blip. Your trip is going to be something you’ll always remember so focus on looking at historic monuments, admiring art in museums, enjoying the local cuisines, and making memories.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Modess. All thoughts, words, and opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.