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Every woman knows that her period can strike at the most inopportune times. For me? It's always when I'm about to hop onto a 12 hour flight. When you're sitting for a long time on a plane or using that cramped airplane bathroom, the last thing you want to think about is changing a tampon or even worse, spotting on your clothing.
Switching to a menstrual cup is a life changer for many women. It can make dealing with your period much less stressful, embarrasing or frustrating. Many women who travel love menstrual cups
for this very reason. Because who wants to thinking about changing a tampon or wearing a bulky pad when you're out exploring the world?
Here are 5 reasons why menstrual cups are great for women who travel:
Compact, Discrete & Packable
Menstrual cups are compact and pack easily into your toiletry bag.
It's just one small piece of silicone that weighs a few ounces. Many menstrual cups come with a discrete fabric storage pouch for privacy if you're traveling with others or you can even buy a foldable menstrual cup that squishes down into a disc shape for convenience.
Physical Activity is No Problem
Swimming, horse riding, scuba diving, yoga, ziplining. Any form of physical activity is no problem for the menstrual cup. If it's inserted correctly you can take part in any type of activitiy you might come across on a trip without have to deal with tampon changes or bulky pads.
No Need to BYO Tampons
Outside of North America, it can actually be hard to buy tampons. When you're traveling in South East Asia, India, Central America (or anywhere outside of the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand really) it is almost impossible to find tampons when you need them. Even in Europe you won't find many options when it comes to applicator tampons, just the OB variety. Sure, you could bring along a box or two but if you're traveling for a longer period of time or on a round the world trip then that is just not feasible.
If you have concerns about your environmental footprint when you travel, then minimizing waste and avoiding use of plastics is one way you can positively contribute to local environments. Many developing countries have huge issues with waste and rubbish disposal. By cutting back on wasteful packaging and the used sanitary products you produce when in these countries, you can take comfort in the fact that you're not adding to this problem.
A More Comfortable Period
Many women who switch to menstrual cups find their period becomes much more comfortable. Less cramping and reduced odor are among some of the benefits of using a menstrual cup. When you're traveling, comfort is a huge concern. No women wants monster cramps to spoil their vacation!
Have I convinced you? Let me know in the comments if you're a current menstrual cup user or if you're thinking about switching to a cup.