You’ve got your festival tickets, and you’ve planned your killer outfit. You’re mentally prepared to tackle the crowds, the heat and the overpriced beverages. But are you prepared to deal with your period too?
Unfortunately, we can’t always control the inner workings of our bodies. But if your period does show up on the same day that your favourite artist lands in town, don’t fret. Here are our top tips for managing your period this festival season.
First up: be prepared
Tracking your cycle using an old-school diary or one of these handy period tracker apps will keep you on top of your period game and help with avoiding any surprises mid-festival. If you’re within the ‘danger zone’ and predict your period may arrive while you’re at a festival, wear a pantyliner or pop on a pair of leak-proof period undies to keep your outfit protected. And always pack your JuJu cup in your bag, just in case!
Avoid the portapotty queues
Nobody wants to have to dash to the loo every couple of hours during a festival. Not only does it mean you risk missing your favourite tune, but it also means more time spent in a smelly, hot portapotty. Gross!
If you want less time in the toilet at your next festival, use a menstrual cup instead of tampons or pads. JuJu menstrual cups can be worn safely for up to 8 hours, and hold the equivalent of 2-3 tampons worth of fluid. That means more time spent enjoying yourself, and less time in the toilet!
Period-proof your outfit
If you have a heavy flow, or just want to peace of mind of protecting your outfit from period leaks, wear a pair of JuJu period underwear as a last line of defence. They’re available in three different styles and have built-in absorbent and leak-proof layers. The best part? They look and feel just like regular undies!
Say no to sweaty smells
Let’s face it - you’re probably going to be sweaty enough all over from dancing your days and nights away at a festival. The last thing you need is to add to the sweatiness with disposable pads and icky tampon strings! By opting for a menstrual cup instead, you’ll eliminate any sweatiness, there are no odours and you’ll be completely free from strings and wings.
Keep fresh and clean
Whichever period product you decide to use during a festival, make sure you change it regularly and keep your body clean to avoid things like thrush, urinary tract infections and potentially deadly Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Be sure to check out our tips for emptying your menstrual cup in a public bathroom - these same tips will apply for portapotties or festival toilets, too. It’s a good idea to take a small bottle of clean water, some hand sanitiser and a little bit of JuJu Cleansing Wash in a travel bottle with into the toilet to you to keep your hands and your cup clean. And remember, don’t ever leave your cup or tampon in for longer than recommended - it’s just not worth the risk.
Don’t add to the festival trash
Festivals are notorious for creating a whole lot of waste. Where there are crowds, food and drinks, there’s (unfortunately) usually mountains of single-use plastic. Using a menstrual cup during a festival is a great way to avoid being part of the problem. Instead of throwing away used pads, tampons and all the associated wrapping, all you need is one little cup. It saves room in your bag too!
Want to make the switch to a menstrual cup for your next festival experience? Take our quiz to find the right JuJu cup for you!