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Traveling on Your Period
Nadya Eddy (she/her)
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7.20.2021

Traveling is stresfull enough as it is, here are my best travel hacks as an unlucky person who gets their period on vacation ALL the time! I hope some of these tips and tricks come in handy the next time you need to travel on your period. Above all, listen to your body and do what feels best for you to stay comfortable!

Preparing for Your Trip

I love to plan, and I get a huge kick out of putting a cute, self-care, period bag together for my trips. My period go-bag has all the usual suspects: emergency tampons, pads, pain killers, wet wipes, a sweet treat, and underwear in the case of an emergency! Additionally, I try to wear something loose to travel in because staying comfortable is priority #1. My last packing hack is a weird one. Non-gel heating pads are allowed on planes, and on one particularly crampy period, I brought one in my carry-on and plugged it into the socket under the seat! If you’re road tripping home this holiday season, you can borrow this hack if your car has a socket, otherwise you can always outfit your car’s lighter with an adapter.

A Possible Solution If Your Period Coincides with Your Big Trip

My sophomore year of college, 14 friends and I chipped in to rent a houseboat on Lake Shasta for Memorial Day weekend. The trip was planned almost a year in advance, and as fate would have it, my period lined up with the exact dates of the trip. I was desperate to avoid dealing with my period while sharing a single bathroom with 14 people on a weekend where 50% of my time would be spent in the water. After talking to my gynecologist, they recommended that I skip the placebo week for my birth control pills and go straight to the next pack. I was very lucky for this to be possible on my birth control, but before making the same choice, confirm with your doctor if this is a safe and healthy option for you.

A Reminder that Flight Attendants are Your Friend!

In case some people didn’t know, when travelling by plane there are free period products on board each flight. I have seen them in labeled drawers in the bathrooms on some flights, and I have personally asked a flight attendant for some on others. Don’t be shy to ask for a period product, flight attendants who menstruate know what this experience is like more than anyone and are happy to accommodate you—sometimes even with a free bonus snack! My most memorable story while travelling #onmyperiod took place a few years back when I felt a leak in progress during takeoff. The plane had barely left the ground and I booked it for the bathroom, tampon in hand. The flight attendant must have noticed and seen the look on my face, because when I emerged from the bathroom, they handed me a bag of pretzels and a cookie!

Curious About August Period Care and Camping?

I spent a week #onmyperiod and in the desert using only August products. So I can guarantee that August is leak-proof, dance-proof, hike-proof, and comfy even in 103 degree heat. As an August insider, I know that they were designed to be breathable, and that the long organic cotton fibers would make them airy & comfortable-- but boy did they not disappoint! As for disposal, I brought a small biodegradable bag, saved up all my pads, lines, & tampons for the week then composted the lot when I got home. For the tampon applicators, I saved those too, gave them a rinse and to the recycling bin they went.

Click here to watch a mini vlog from our TikTok of how that trip went!

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