Post # 1
Aunt Flow just stopped to visit, and I’m planning to be out of town on a float trip this weekend.
I’ve boated and done outdoors things before on my period, but never a float trip where there are no bathrooms to stop in to take care of business. It’s looking like my flow will be pretty moderate (I’m usually light to normal flow, never extremly heavy) on Saturday when we are going to be on the river. I’ll most likely be in an out of the water (hence it being a float trip) and also wearing a swimsuit.
Any tips/tricks for how to deal with my period and changing things out while we’re floating? It’ll essentially be all day long and I’m mostly just concerned about sanitary things and also feeling self-concious/out of place having to deal with it. I want to conceal it as much as possible… think it would be bad to like let another girl on the trip know and she if she can be a friend if I need to go into the woods or something? I feel like this is something another girl would totally get and feel for me.
Post # 2
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
Diva cup. 12 hour coverage for light to moderate flow! Completely discreet and no changing necessary! 🙂
Post # 3
I do not recommend the Diva Cup if you’ve never used it before. There is a learning curve and it could be a disaster if you are out and about.
Bring a plastic baggie to put used tampons in and use baby wipes for clean up. You can put baby wipes in a plastic baggie so that they take up less space. Then bring a little cloth or vinyl travel makeup bag to keep fresh tampons and your baggies of baby wipes and used tampons in.
Post # 4
kmmq72 : Are tampons out of the question?? How long are you floating, cuz they last 4-6 hours!
Post # 5
soontobenoone : I definitely plan to use them… honestly though I’d like to try to avoid wearing anything.. my flow does slow down to barely nothing. I hate to wear tampons if my flow is basically non-exsistent and wasn’t sure what creative ways or chances I could take maybe not having anything. I’ll probably have a tampon.. guess I’d just have to change it out in the woods.
Post # 6
Mooncup or similar for future reference. I agree, trying it for first time now not ideal.
Post # 7
kmmq72 : I’ve changed a tampon in the woods and at the beach….it’s honestly not that bad if you don’t have a heavy flow. As PP said bring some baby wipes and just have a ziplock bag in your tampon pouch for the used ones until you can find a trash. I usually put an opaque dog poop bag inside the ziplock (since dog poop bags are thinner and annoying to keep re-tying) just so that in the event it falls out of my bag somehow (this has never actually happened) no one would see my used tampon.
Post # 8
I would also recommend a cup. You can go up to 12 hours without changing it- especially if your not heavy that day. I personally bought mine off Amazon with 2 day shipping. I have Lena& Lena sensitive & love them! If you don’t have time for that, I’d go to a drug store & see what options they have
Post # 9
Sea sponges! I also take ibuprofen if I’ll be out and about to reduce the flow/for cramps.
Post # 10
I suggest getting a cup and trying it out NOW so you know how it works by the weekend.
Post # 11
katmaekat : Oh dear lord…I used to use sea sponges – had a little basket of them under the sink. Caught my husband using on his face. He thought it was like a loofah. I walked in the bathroom and spit my coffee all over the place. They worked well but I didn’t use them after that. He’d get pretty pissed every time he saw one.
Post # 13
You can wear a tampon for up to 8 hours… I would put one in when you leave and change it/take it out when you’re done.
Post # 14
Soft cups are the absolute best! They have saved me in so many situations!
Post # 15
I like to live on the wild side so I would probably free flow it and hope for the best, given that your flow will be on the decline at this point and you’ll be mostly in the water. I also really hate wearing tampons when I’m in a bathing suit – I feel like the string always finds a way to stick out of my bikini and the tampon seems to absorb some of the water (although that might just be my paranoia). Just pack some provisions in case emergency arises.
And yeah I would not hesitate to tell another girl on the trip that you’re on the rag if that would make you feel more comfortable. We’re all adults here there is no reason to be embarrassed!