Trekking during the period is a time most of us women dread but well, with some tips you will be all set to go.
Period – that time of the month is something I used to dread from the core of my heart. The only thing that motivated me is it means that your body is healthy.
Having your period while trekking can be very challenging. You are exposed to extreme cold or heat while trekking which can make you feel miserable and tired. On top of that, the increased activity levels may cause more flow. Besides, you have to carry all your gear and food over considerable distances, making you feel irritable with cramps and low energy.
Even though doctors suggest exercise and hiking are best to reduce menstrual cramps, periods can be uncomfortable. We believe that it shouldn’t keep you off the trail, and why should boys have all the fun?
Getting backpacking while on your period is possible (and not as gross as you might think). You will have to deal with some extra cramps and a bit more discomfort, but a little preparation and knowledge will have you out on the trail again in no time.
Before we start, here are some of the benefits of trekking
How to go trekking during period?
Here are ten essential tips for comfortable trekking during your periods.
1. Use Reusable Pads or Tampons
While most people may not think about menstruation during their trips, it can certainly be a challenge when out in the wilds. However, you can do a few things to help ensure that this is not an issue. Firstly, use reusable pads. They absorb the blood and leakage and are the most comfortable option available. They also provide enough absorbency to absorb an average amount of blood during your period, despite the increased inflow.
Plus, reusable pads are safe and hygienic.
Even the most organic products have some chemical components that will cause problems if they leak; this is best avoided using a reusable product.
You can also use tampons if you do not have a heavy flow. One of my favorite tampons is the Playtex Sport Tampons. You can shop it on Amazon by clicking here
- You can use menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons
Menstrual cups are an eco-friendly alternative to the disposable products that are used during menstruation. They are safe, comfortable, and reusable alternatives to disposable products that have made life easier for millions of women every day. They are also the best alternative to those who do not have access to toilets when menstruating outdoors or in public places.
2. Change your pad or sanitary towel more often
The use of the same pad for an extended time can cause a build-up of bacteria and toxins. This can leave you feeling ill, especially in warmer climates. Generally, the optimum time is every twelve hours, but this is dependent on each woman’s cycle. If you need to carry your menstrual pad or towel, aim to change it out at least four-five hours after your last dose of napkins/pads or tampons, respectively.
3. Carry at least two kits
When on a long, complex, or strenuous hike, such as an overnight trek, it can be tempting to forget the basics and rely on last-minute replacements. However, there is something to be said for having a spare kit handy to use if your primary gear becomes unusable due to damaged packaging or a leak. Some women prefer to carry two kits: one for everyday use and one kept in reserve in case of emergencies.
4. Buy emergency supplies before hitting the trails
You don’t want to have to worry about how to manage your period while out in nature. Worrying about this can compromise your ability to enjoy the trip entirely.
Instead, make sure that you stock up on toiletries from a general store or pharmacy before hitting the trail. You may also find it helpful if you buy tampons, pads, or menstruation cups before hitting the trails just to be on the safe side.
If you get unbearable cramps, the best idea is to carry a hot water bag which you can place on the abdomen area. Its heat will help soothe the pain away.
5. Eat healthily
Besides taking pain medication, you should also eat healthily and choose natural products that will make your period more manageable. You can get many options in the market nowadays, including herbal tea blends but I the best option is to drink warm water.
Carrying a chocolate bar and almonds also helps to ease the period cramps.
6. Stay well hydrated
During menstruation, your body is going through a lot of changes and balancing hormones. You’ll need to stay hydrated to replace the fluids you lose. Dehydration can cause headaches, constipation, and other medical problems. Also, staying hydrated helps decrease cramps. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and electrolytes before, during, and after the period.
7. Carry feminine hygiene products
It is best to carry feminine hygiene products like tissue paper, deodorant, wet wipes, fresh, sanitary napkins/tampons, fresh body mist, and hand sanitizer if you do have any unexpected leakage or need to deal with any odor issues on the trail. These can help to ensure that you maintain your self-confidence throughout the use of your period kit.
8. Taking care of the leakage
Don’t worry if you have some leakage; it’s normal and easily managed with few things:
- A good pair of shorts that are made for trekking (breathable fabric, quick-drying)
- Environment-friendly wet wipes or baby wipes that are biodegradable and chemical-free. Choose a brand that does not test on animals.
- A waterproof nylon backpack cover or a large trash bag to pack your clothes inside. It will make it easier to clean up any messes. Make sure it has breathable holes.
- The easiest way to clean up a mess is with baby wipes. They are compact and easy to carry.
- If you’re out in nature, there is always the option of reusing a plastic bag to hold your used pads/tampons and then disposing of them properly when it’s an appropriate time.
9.Pack up a First Aid Kit
While on your period, it is wise to pack an emergency first aid kit with the addition of doctor-recommended painkillers and pain relief balms that would help relieve your menstrual cramps. Also, carry hot water bad or a heating pad.
10.Leave your pad in your pack or at camp
It is the best way to ensure that your pad is not exposed to more chemicals than it needs to be. The reality is that many of the chemicals found in sanitary napkins are not so great for the environment. Many of these chemicals are known carcinogens; some specifically weaken bones and may also have hormonal effects.
So here we have the ten ways on how to go trekking during this period. In the end, all you need is a positive attitude. I mean, it is natural and it is actually cleaning our bodily system. Trekking is cardio and cardio is the best while on period.
So ladies, tighten your laces and walk!