Getting your period while camping doesn't have to be any more inconvenient than getting it at home if you follow these tips.
- Step 1: Burn your tampons to dispose of them. Tampons can be burned in a campfire, but the fire has to be very hot as they take a long time to burn. Be sure to remove any charred remains and store them with your other garbage.
- Step 2: Pack hand sanitizer. Available in a variety of sizes and scents, you can use liquid hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes to stay clean. Keep it with your other toiletries so it's handy. Now you can have fun in the great outdoors instead of worrying about your period.
- FACT: A 1983 study testing the attraction of bears to menstrual blood found that polar bears are attracted to odors associated with menstrual blood.
- Step 3: Bring plastic bags with zipper closures. Double the bags and put used tampons and wipes in them. Then keep them in a bearproof bin or hang them in a tree, at least 10 feet from the ground and at least 4 feet out from the trunk.
- Step 4: Be conscientious about disposing of used tampons. Animals can smell the blood so don't bury them or dispose of them in an outhouse.
- TIP: Check your local drug or grocery store for travel-size tampons to save space in your pack.
- Step 5: Bring baby wipes or wet naps for cleanliness and to freshen up. Make sure the kind you use does not include diaper rash ointment, and make sure they're unscented.
- Step 6: Use tampons instead of pads. Pads are bulky and uncomfortable, while tampons make it easier to swim, hike, and do other outdoor activities.