4 Travel Essentials You Never Knew You Needed (while on a period)

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Summer is here!

I’m sure most of you would have your holidays booked and are all ready to go! Here are some essential items and hacks that you never knew you needed, especially if Shark Week decides to come swimming in during your vacay. This one’s for the ladies!

P.S: Even if you’re not travelling this time, no worries! This handy guide is here to stick around for any of your future travels!

1) Wet wipes / hand sanitizer

This is a must-have item in every travel bag! Hostels and public transportations aren’t exactly the cleanest places you’ll visit…And sinks may not be readily available in some countries. What’s more, you never know when you need to have a wipe-down in case of a spillage situation.

P.S: You may even want to swap the wet wipes out for make-up removal wipes if you can bear the splurge (since make-up remover wipes usually cost more), but it saves you the hassle of bringing x2 wipes or other cleansing products!

2) Period Emergency Kit!

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Now I’m not asking you to dedicate a substantial amount of your precious luggage space to lug the cumbersome womanly items around, but here are some versatility that you never knew you could get out of them that makes the space taken more worth it:

 

  • Pads / tampons

Even if you’re not expecting your period, it may be good to just bring a few along, especially if you’re picky about the brands of pads you use! You may be surprised but some parts of the world do not readily stock an extensive supply of various brands.

What’s more, if your trip involves camping or being in the outdoors, the wool in your tampon / pads make excellent kindling for starting a fire!

You could also opt for a menstrual cup instead.

 

  • Panty liner

While most people don’t have the habit of using a panty liner, it might be a good idea to use it on a holiday for various reasons:

#1: It’s much lighter and handier than a pad, but still able to hold a substantial amount of liquids. Thus, if your period comes unexpectedly, it’s able to buy you some time to find a toilet to change into a pad rather than helplessly feel your liquids trickling down your pants! Gross, I know.

#2: Since we often try to pack light on holidays, panty liners help us get more use out of each panty before requiring a change. As it acts as a barrier between your feminine parts and your underwear, it helps absorb the natural musk / odour as well as the occasional discharge that our body produces, making it more hygienic to wear the same underwear again!

(More reasons to use a panty liner can be found here.)

Which brings me to my next point….

  • Disposable underwear

A personal habit of mine is to bring disposable cloth underwear when I travel. This way, my load gets considerably lighter as the trip progresses, and I never have to worry about wet underwear not drying in time! The quality of most cloth disposable underwear are also good enough that it feels like an actual proper underwear, and I’m able to get a few uses out of it.

Of course, it is always good to bring along a few spare or a mixture of proper ‘real’ underwear in case of stains or if it is an exceptionally long trip. The best thing is that these underwear often comes neatly rolled-up and compressed in a compact packaging which makes it easier to toss it into your luggage!

 

  • Heat pad

You never know when the menstrual cramps might be especially painful that month, and you wouldn’t want your cramps to get in the way of your precious holiday, do you? This MenstruHeat pad is so lightweight and portable, it’s as easy as slipping a pack of tissue into your bag, and you can easily stick it on your abdomen to relieve your menstrual cramps while travelling around – no one will even notice!

What’s more, if you’re travelling to a colder country or hiking up mountains, this could double up as a heat pack to keep you warm as well. (Trust me, you’ll be thanking me for this tip when you’re freezing up on the mountains) What a win-win situation it is! Really, there are so many possible surprising uses you can get out of a heat pad that you never knew about.

Find out more about heat therapy here.

 

  • Paracetamol (Panadol)

Paracetamol is a painkiller that can be used to treat pain (headaches, toothache, sprains etc), as well as reduce a high temperature. Commonly not known is that the average Panadol is able to serve as a menstrual cramp relief as well. While you may assume that the pink pill is more effective for menstrual cramps, you’d be surprised that both types of pills contain the same ingredient – paracetamol, the key factor helping to reduce the pain.

The only difference is that the pink pill contains pamabrom, which helps reduce bloating or other forms of water-retention related problems, which can be easily solved with the right tea or food.

So instead of packing many different kind of painkillers, simply pack a 1-fits-all, but not forgetting other personal medication (eg inhalers) that you need!

 

3) Dental Floss

Before you decide to give your floss a miss, think again! Its use is not limited to just your teeth! You can slice food with it, sew with it, use it to lock things and many more. Truly an unexpected piece of versatile object.

 

4) Sarong

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Errr what? Yes you heard that right!! A sarong is the ultimate versatile piece of accessory, which can be used for many different purposes such as:

#1: When you’re cold

#2: To cover your legs / arms when you visit temples or cathedrals (some have strict no-shorts-or-sleeveless-tops rules)

#3: Makeshift picnic mats on grass or beaches

#4: Bikini cover-ups

#5: Scarf / headdress / head band when the sun gets a bit too bright, or simply for fashion

#6: Line beddings if you’re not sure of the hygiene standards or have sensitive skin

#7: Tie around your waist in the unfortunate event that you sullied your bottoms on your period to hide the stains while you rush to the toilet or hotel!

… and the list goes on! The possibilities are simply endless with this one.

 

OR! If you like to make sure that your travels are 100% free of the icky time of the month, be sure to plan your holidays around it with the help of a trusty period tracking app. Otherwise, you could also opt for some period-delaying pills if you’re really at your wits’ end.

 

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That’s it for now for the little hacks to travelling! Stay tuned for more!

And no worries even if you’re not travelling this holiday, this handy guide is here to stick around for any of your future travels, so go ahead to bookmark this page for easy reference!

 

Happy travels and stay safe! 🙂

 

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Isadora Wong

An Explorer sustained by the sheer power of caffeine.
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