We all know what an inconvenience it is to be on our periods but add on travelling and it can be a hassle. Here are some tips to help you experience a more comfortable trip.
Support your Body by Eating Healthy
Most of us tend to crave salty or sweet junk food when we have our periods but these foods can make PMS symptoms worse and increase bloating. At restaurants, choose healthy nutritious foods such as fresh fruit, salads and whole grains. You also want to make sure you’re eating enough protein and iron especially for those who are anemic or have very heavy periods. Include: beans and legumes, poultry, red meat, fish, nuts/seeds and leafy green vegetables to get you iron fix. For snacks on the go, nuts and seeds along with dried fruit will give you the energy and nutrients required.
Stay Well Hydrated
Fill up your reusable water bottle every chance you get with water when travelling. You want clean filtered water to stay hydrated and to avoid getting any stomach issues. Aim for 8-9 cups of water and possibly more if you’re travelling in extreme heat outdoors. Cramps and PMS symptoms can worsen if you are dehydrated.
Pack Medication (just in case)
The last thing you want is to be lying in bed with painful cramps. Plan ahead and if you’re expecting your period to start while you are travelling, bring painkillers to help reduce cramps. You can also pack disposable heat packs or a hot water bottle. Placing something warm against the abdominal area will be soothing and helps to alleviate cramps.
Planning your Trip
If you can’t plan your trip around your period, plan activities depending on how you normally feel during your period if possible. If normally on the first day you’re tired and bleed heavily, avoid anything too strenuous and try to sleep earlier. Do something a little more slow paced such as strolls throughout the city or a nice easy walk to the lake for a picnic.
Bring plenty of feminine hygiene products. Overestimate the amount of products you will use whether it’s pads, tampons, or a menstrual cup. If you are using a menstrual cup, carry a bottle of clean water in case there is no access to a sink for rinsing. It’s also a good idea to bring extra toilet paper and tissues as not all countries have the amenities as in North America. An extra plastic bag to hold dirty products would also be advised.
Being on your period while travelling doesn’t have to be a bad experience if you plan ahead. Yes it can sometimes be an inconvenience but you’re out there exploring the world! Enjoy the sights and experience what the world has to offer.