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Women’s Guide to Hiking on Your Period

By Monkeys And Mountains Adventure @Laurel_Robbins

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Going on a hike is hard enough, but hiking on your period? That's a different story.

Periods. Lets talk about it. As an avid hiker, I can 100% say it is totally normal to go hiking on your period but its not something people talk about a lot, so lets dive into it today.

Women's Guide to Hiking on Your Period

Menstruation is a natural part of being a woman. Its also a very private topic. Many women feel embarrassed talking about it with others.

There are many reasons why women should talk openly about menstruation, especially outdoor enthusiasts. No one wants menstrual blood being sniffed by curious bears in the outdoors!

In fact, its important to do so because it helps prevent health problems later in life and helps you stay comfortable and worry-free in any adventure.

This is our guide to help you be more comfortable and worry-free while hiking on your period:

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Know Your Choices for Menstrual Products

Youve done it all! Youve planned your hiking, camping, or backpacking trip, how to get there, and what to wear but then you get your period

Dont worry; you can still go hiking!

There are tons of products to choose from when hiking on your period. Here are our top picks!

Menstrual Cups

Menstrual Cups are reusable sanitary napkins made out of soft silicone. Theyre designed to be worn inside the vagina during menstruation.

With your hands clean, you simply fold and insert the menstrual cup rim-first and wear up to 12 hours, remove and empty it, and be sure to wash and sanitize it after each use.

Menstrual cups or period cups are a popular option for eco-friendly travelers too! Plus, you dont have to worry about disposing of a tampon, or carrying a dirty pad with you until you can properly dispose of it.

Here is some more information on our top picks of the best menstrual cups

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Period Underwear

If youre going on a hiking trip during your period, you may want to wear special underwear that keeps you dry and comfortable. Theyre made from breathable material and feature a wide waistband for maximum comfort and fit.

Period panties come in different styles, including racerback, hipster, and boyshorts.

Reusable Pads

Reusable pads are an eco-friendly alternative to tampons and disposable pads. Period pads are reusable menstrual hygiene products made out of cloth, decreasing the amount of period waste produced. Theyre great because they absorb blood and menstrual odor, making them hygienic and comfortable.

Theyre also very affordable, costing only $1-$2 per pad. So if youve been thinking about trying reusable period pads and reducing your environmental impact, nows a perfect time. The only drawback is that if you need to change a pad while hiking, youll have to carry it out with you.

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Backcountry Hygiene Tips for Your Period

If youre planning to go on a multi-day hiking tour or hike in remote areas where there arent any bathrooms, toilet paper and clean water, you need to be prepared for unexpected periods.

When hiking during your period, you may experience period cramps, bloating, mood swings, and headaches.

  • To avoid these unpleasant side effects, pack extra period supplies, including feminine hygiene products, hand sanitizers, pain relievers, extra toilet paper and unscented wet wipes.
  • When packing, remember to include items that help prevent infections, such as antibacterial, biodegradable soap.
  • If you are hiking with a biodegradable tampon and you need to change it, then you need to bury it 6-8 inches deep, just as you would other human waste.
  • If your pad or tampon isnt biodegradable, then you need to carry your period trash with you until you can properly dispose of it. Carry it out in a bear canister if youre hiking in an area with bears or other predators that may be attracted to the scent. Another reason to consider using biodegradable period products.
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Is It Safe to Hike On Your Period?

Yes, for most women (if youre in doubt, check with your doctor), hiking during your period is perfectly safe. However, you may feel uncomfortable and bloated and not have as much energy as normal.

Many women find that an easy hike can help relieve their period symptoms, so see how you feel.

If Im doing a difficult hike on my period, I often find that it feels harder than it normally would, and Im slower than I normally would be. So if youre doing a day hike then take that into consideration and perhaps consider choosing an easier hike if youre not feeling up for it.

If youre feeling OK, then great, you can hike as you normally would.

While you may want to modify your hike, depending on how you feel, you can still hike on your period. You may find that it even helps to relieve your menstrual symptoms.

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