How to have a zero-waste period while travelling
Saying goodbye to 2020, or welcoming in the new year with a trip? Your commitment to using less plastic and contributing less waste doesn’t need to take a backseat while you travel on your period. Let’s take a look at some of your options and the perks of choosing reusable alternatives when you’re on the go.
When we travel, it’s confronting to see how much waste one person can generate when everything becomes disposable. Without the use of reusable period products, we’re sending a lot of waste to landfill every single month. One pad contains as much plastic as four grocery bags! Reusable pads are the way to go – they last years, and are made with recyclable, biodegradable and compostable materials for when you’re ready for new ones.
Have you ever kept a disposable pad on stand by in your bag and the outer packaging starts to break away, leaving the pad exposed to who knows what? Kinda makes it unusable because you don’t want to put that near your most sensitive parts. That won’t be happening with hannahpad. Keep them folded and clipped into place with the snap fasteners on the wings, and store them securely in your wet bag.
If you’re camping and there’s no dedicated rubbish bins, reusable pads will make life a whole lot easier. You can keep the cloth pads in your bum bag, small purse or with your toiletries and easily swap out your used pad for a fresh one on the go – just store the used pad in your wet bag to rinse out at the campsite later.
Menstrual cups make travelling on your period even easier. Depending on your flow, your hannahcup will only need to be changed every 8 hours, giving you more time to enjoy your trip and forget you’re even on your period. Just empty the cup out in the shower, rinse it, and pop it back in morning and night.
You only need to sterilise your cup after every cycle, so you can do that once you’re back in the comfort of your home – just rinse it out thoroughly in warm water each time you put it back in. Inserting and removing the cup can take a bit of getting used to, so we suggest practicing one or two periods before your trip.
One menstrual cup is all you need for your entire period, so it takes up way less space compared to packing a box of disposable pads or tampons – more space for clothes and shoes! Keep your hannahcup in your toiletries bag along with a couple of backup cloth pads just in case you want to change things up.
A lot of mainstream tampons and pad brands contain bleached rayon, conventional cotton and plastic. In other words, toxic chemicals, pesticides and artificial fragrances that you don’t want to be putting in or near the most sensitive part of your body. It’s this exposure to toxins that is one of the reasons for period pain. Made of medical grade silicone, the hannahcup is the safest cup that will not disturb your vaginal flora.
Our other travelling tips? Bring reusable menstrual products your body is used to because you may not be able to find the exact same one overseas. Pack a stain remover bar just in case – not that you’ll need it with the right fitted pad or cup – it’s handy to keep in your bag to take out spaghetti stains or otherwise on the go. And, we’re going to sound like your mother here, but always pack extra underwear!
Ready to take hannah on your next adventure? Let’s go!