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You’ve got your dream holiday booked; accommodation paid for and your bags are ready for a week of jam-packed activities in your ideal location. Then the worst happens – the day before you’re due to get on the plane, your period comes a week early. Don’t fret; your trip is most definitely not ruined! With just a little bit of planning you’ll be ready to enjoy your time away; it will almost be as if you didn’t even have your period (okay, we’re exaggerating just a tad). We’ve put together the ultimate guide to ensure your trip is nothing but smooth sailing – periods or not, we’ve got you covered.
Stress can be a trigger for early or late periods as your body’s regular hormonal balance can be disrupted, resulting in a delayed ovulation. As a pre-emptive measure, do your best to keep your stress levels to a minimum in the weeks leading up to your holiday, and while away. If you can avoid altering your normal cycle by keeping calm this will assist in preventing any surprises while on holidays. Excessive drinking and minimal sleep can all contribute to increased stress, as can worrying prior to leaving. Meditation, eating healthy and keeping a regular sleeping pattern are all important for keeping a positive and stress-free mind. Healthy mind, healthy body!
Before going away on trips create a checklist to pack for the possibility of getting your monthlies, and also be sure to prepare for the potential accompanying pain. Travelling on your period will feel like a breeze if you pack these items.
Hydration is important! If you’re planning on being very active during your trip you’re at a higher risk of feeling sick if you get your period. A sudden change in climate can also take toll on your body, so keeping your fluids up will assist with the adjustment and also minimize the risk of heatstroke in warmer climates.
There’s nothing more uncomfortable than having your period while in transit, especially on long flights, plane rides and road trips. Getting comfortable is impossible, it feels like you’re leaking into your underwear and of course, the pain makes staying in the same awkward position very difficult. This is where Livia is a traveller’s best friend. Make sure to pack Livia in your carry-on luggage or handbag to keep it in easy reach when the pain is at its worst. Livia will reduce the discomfort of travelling while on your period and help you get some much-needed sleep on long transit journeys. Getting up and walking around regularly on long flights will help to maintain the blood flow, and always set a timer to change your tampon to prevent the possibility of toxic shock syndrome.
You’ve got your period, ugh, and coming up are days with back-to-back activities planned. The period pain has eased, thanks to Livia, but you’re still feeling a little sluggish and unmotivated. Light exercise is known to not only assist in relieving cramps, but also re-energizing the mind, which can prepare you for the busy days ahead. So muster up the energy to do 15 minutes of yoga or go for a quick jog. Getting the blood pumping will have both your mind and body ready to knock out the activities feeling revitalized and most of all, being able to have fun!
Periods aren’t always the most reliable thing, so being prepared with an emergency kit while travelling is vital. You never know if one day on your holiday while hiking up a mountain with no 7/11 in sight Aunt Flo decides to come for an unexpected, and much-unwanted visit. Stocking a few liners, wet wipes (for freshening up on the go) and plastic resealable bags (for used products & stained clothes in case there aren’t any trash cans around) will save you a lot of stress and make that unexpected visit a lot less awkward.
Holidays are meant to be not only about having fun and seeing amazing sights, but also chilling out. Give yourself some guilt-free time away from the busy scheduling to just relax in your hotel/hostel/airbnb/tent and rest. We all know that sleeping is the best cure for any ailment, plus who doesn’t love a good midday nap – your menstruating body will thank you for it. If you’re struggling to get comfy try out the fetal position, experts swear by it as being the best to relieve cramps and you’ll look super-cute while sleeping. Win-win!