How to deal with your period when hiking, camping or bush-walking.
A reusable menstrual cup is the ideal solution when travelling.
For a start, it’s a great space saver; a menstrual cup automatically reduces the amount of stuff you need to pack as you only need one.
It can be a challenge finding sanitary products in some remote locations or foreign countries; travelling with a menstrual cup eliminates the need to find a store to buy extra supplies if you run out.
Menstrual cups are eco-friendly. When you are on the move, it may not be easy to discard disposable tampons or pads so a menstrual cups are the perfect solution to ensure you are reducing your personal waster.
If you are camping or hiking in the great outdoors they also perfect as there is nothing to throw away or carry out. If you have access to a toilet, see our menstrual cup public bathroom hacks.
If you don’t have access to a bathroom, here’s what you'll need when in the wilderness;
- Trowel/small spade
- Water bottle
- Toilet paper (optional)
- Hand sanitiser or soap
How to empty your menstrual cup when camping or hiking
Follow these steps to dispose of menstrual cup waste in the wilderness;
1. Dig a cat hole in a suitable location (as you would if you were doing a poop).
Source: Art of Manliness
2. Using your bottled water, wash your hands with soap or use a hand sanitiser after digging the hole.
3. Remove your cup and empty your menstrual flow into the hole.
4. Rinse your cup out with bottled water over the cat hole.
5. It is preferable to rinse the cup only and not use toilet paper at all but if you do need to use toilet paper, find out if it is ok to bury toilet paper in the area you are in. If it is fine to bury, use a biodegradable, fragrance-free toilet paper and use the least amount of paper necessary to wipe out your cup then pop this in the hole too. If you are not allowed to bury toilet paper in the area you are in, put the used paper in a zip-lock bag to carry out with you.
6. Fill the hole with dirt.
7. Wash or disinfect your hands with a hand sanitiser.
Keeping your menstrual cup clean when travelling or hiking
Using water from a stream is not safe as it may harbour bacteria so take extra water for cleaning your cup and hands. Consider our environment and leave no trace.
Even when travelling, it is important to remember to disinfect your menstrual cup after your cycle and store your cup in the pouch it was supplied with, in a well-ventilated area and not in a toiletry bag or plastic bag which does not allow any airflow.
So, next time your preparing to travel or hike, put JuJu on your packing list – it will be your best travel buddy!