Not everyone likes to travel during menstruation. Some people just like to curl up in bed or slow down for those few days a month. But if you’re one to not let your period dictate your travel plans, here are some tips to make your trip worry-free.
Does traveling affect menstruation?
Some people believe that flying on an airplane affects the cycle. But the truth is that it has no direct effect on the cycle. However, any form of physical or mental stress to the body can cause temporary hormonal changes, says Dr Tanvi Desai Wadia, gynaecologist. Also, moving to another city or country, involving a change in eating habits, sleep patterns, and physical activity, can cause a temporary change in the regularity of your menstrual cycle. These factors can affect your hormonal balance, so you may have irregular or no periods.
How to make traveling during menstruation easy?
It is safe to travel during your period. However, you should be equipped with the essentials needed during bleeding days. Here are some tips:
1. Keep a handy record of your cycle regularity
The record should include days of bleeding and days of heavy flow. This way, your period can be predicted ahead of your travel plans as much as possible. Also, if you’re prone to nausea or headaches during your period, take that into account as you plan your day or schedule.
2. Keep extra menstrual products
Your period doesn’t always come on the day you expect, but you can predict. So carry extra sanitary napkins, tampons or other menstrual products. They can easily be stored in your bag. You can also carry menstrual pain relief products to manage the cramps!
3. Wear extra clothes
Even if you’re only traveling for two days, bring an extra pair of clothes or underwear. They can be used in case you get your clothes dirty.
Keep prescription antispasmodics or pain relievers on hand, suggests Dr. Wadia. That way, you don’t have to suffer from severe menstrual cramps while traveling.
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5. Stay hydrated
Hydrate yourself adequately, so bring water bottles or buy one. It is essential because it helps relieve menstrual cramps.
6. Use the toilet whenever you can
Use the restroom proactively when you have access to one, rather than waiting until you have to search for one when you need it. Try to change your pads often to avoid leaks.
7. Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or a break from other trip members. It’s amazing how helpful companions can be.
8. Don’t fear your period
You don’t have to fear your period. Try treating it like any other day of the month and half your battle is won!
9. Eat healthy
You may feel like eating chips and all kinds of delicious junk food, but consuming too much can lead to bloating and cramping. It will make your trip uncomfortable. Eat fruit and nuts as snacks if you’re craving something while traveling.
10. Take comfortable clothes
Most days you can wear skinny jeans and fitted tops. But if you’re traveling on your period, you don’t want to juggle bloating and uncomfortable clothes.
Although travel may be comfortable, long periods of walking or strenuous physical activity should be avoided on heavy bleeding days due to increased fatigue. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your trip!