Travel Safe, Travel Healthy: Tips for Optimal Feminine Hygiene When You’re Away from Home

Travel Safe, Travel Healthy: Tips for Optimal Feminine Hygiene When You’re Away from Home

Headed out on a journey during “that time of the month,” or maybe just taking a quick flight for spring break? Wondering what to pack for an adventure trip to a third-world? Looking for tips for staying healthy “down there” while trekking through the Himalayas, or splashing through the coast of Florida?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to share all our tips for women wondering how to maintain intimate area health and wellness when they’re far away from home.

Let’s face it; travel may be fun and adventurous, but it often wreaks havoc on our health. Constipation, lack of hygiene and ‘modern comforts’, poor sleep, and digestive distress are just a few of the culprits. But let’s focus on the area of your body you can keep healthy with a little planning and attention. 

Here is a quick list of do’s and don’ts for optimal feminine health for your next big adventure. 

Travel Essentials and Tips for Optimal Feminine Hygiene

  1. Keep clean and wash daily. OK – this applies when we’re talking about more than a weekend trip to Vegas (although, it's still important to keep clean and wash daily, okay? 😉). Think more along the lines of rafting the Grand Canyon or hiking the Annapurna Circuit. We know all too well of how inconvenient backcountry hygiene can be! No bathroom, privacy, or running water, often in wet, humid, exhausting conditions. Even if it’s just a quick sitz bath in a stream or wipe from a wet washcloth, take the time to clean away daily sweat. (hint, hint--nudge, nudge--take along a travel pack of healthy hoohoo feminine wipes for a gentle clean). When using our feminine wipes, or just a roll of TP, always make sure to wipe front to back to keep your urinary tract healthy and prevent any infections. Avoid using harsh feminine, anti-bacterial or baby wipes that may irritate your intimate area. No one wants a UTI over spring break!
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  2. Be mindful of your clothing choices. Tight clothing can restrict pelvic area air circulation. If sweat does not have an opportunity to evaporate, it can open the door for unwanted bacteria. Your best choices include loose fitting skirts and pants and natural fiber underwear (check out our blog post on healthy underpants for our favorites). And if you can, sleep sans underpants in your sleeping bag or hotel room – let ‘er breathe at night!
  3. For your menstrual cycle, pack your normal hygienic supplies from home. Countries often vary in their offerings of feminine products, and tampons may not be available. Here’s a fun hoohoo hint: If you’re going to be gone for several months, prepare a Ziploc bag for each month’s supplies. Include not only your tampons, pads and/or panty liners, but toss-in a fun treat for yourself. We were in Bhutan and we're giggly-happy to rediscover a Theo chocolate bar and new pair of underpants we’d stashed in a Ziploc. Also be mindful of your hygienic-product footprint. By that, we mean the waste you are leaving behind. If you’re in a third world or wilderness area, your best choice is to use an applicator-free tampon to avoid not leaving behind non-biodegradable packaging. Another hoohoo hint: Healthy Hoohoo individually wrapped wipes are sourced from plant-based fibers, so you can refresh with a clear conscience. 
  4. Think holistically and be mindful of drinking enough purified water, eating fresh fruit & veggies (when safe), curbing sugar consumption (no matter how tempting that second French pastry can be) and exercising. Also, taking daily doses of probiotics, or eating lots of yogurt rich in live cultures will help regulate your system in response to any new or exotic foods and drinks you may be consuming.  
  5. Finally, learn to squat! In certain situations, like the ‘restrooms’ consisting of nothing but a hole in the floor in India, you won’t have the opportunity to sit down, which is actually a blessing in disguise! For truly unsanitary scenarios, like filthy outhouses with seats (a particularly horrific one in Bhutan springs to mind), you will want to refrain from sitting down wherever possible. Keeping your bottom away from unsanitary seating will avoid the literal cesspool of bacteria on the surface and build up your quad muscles as well! It's a win-win!
  6. Keep in mind that vaginal yeast infections are more common in tropical countries, or any hot and humid environments (hello, spring break in Florida).
  • When traveling to hot & humid destinations, make sure to try and keep your intimate area dry ~ sleep sans panties and IF you have access to a blow dryer, use it on the “cool” setting to help dry after showering. 
  • Whether you're getting out of the resort pool or ocean, or maybe you're just dripping with sweat (it happens), ditch the soaked bikini bottoms or underpants. Wet swimsuits or soaked underpants provide optimal fungus growing conditions. When fungus grows too quickly, it can lead to a yeast infection. Toss a skirt or sarong over those wet togs and drop those breeding grounds to the floor!
  • Use of antibiotics (like the malaria medicine doxycycline) may increase your chance of getting a yeast infection, as antibiotics kill not only the “bad” bugs, but the ‘good’ ones too. These “good guys” a.k.a. vaginal flora, naturally fight off infection and protect us. You might consider carrying your own remedy.

We created our travel-friendly individually wrapped feminine wipes with you in mind, after many miles, trials and our own travel nightmares!  Please let us know if you have any travel questions, concerns or other great tips.  

Here’s to getting out there and confidently exploring this amazing world!

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