Periods and Travel: Best Practices & Products

– Periods. Aunt Flow. That time of month. On my rag. Moon time. The red badge of courage. Lady business. Girl flu? Oh, hi there, I’m checking
in to the Red Roof Inn? Uh, yeah, I’ve got a red
wedding this weekend, so, I’m not gonna be
able to make it, sorry. Carrie.
(groaning) Mother Nature’s gift. Riding the cotton pony. And my all time favorite: Shark Week. ♪ Do do do do ♪ ♪ Do do do do ♪ ♪ Do do do do ♪ (chomping) If you didn’t know by now,
we’re talking about periods. AKA menstruation. You’re welcome. (upbeat music) So I thought it was only appropriate to have Aunt Flow join us today. She’s gonna be talking to you about menstruation around the world and how it’s different
in different cultures and different societies,
so Aunt Flow, come on in. (whimsical music) – Hello, dear, my name is Aunt Flow, and I’m here to talk to
you about menstruation. Did you know that the tampon
was patented in only 1931, and the pad in 1970, so what
did women around the world do before tampons and pads? In ancient Greek times, women would use pieces of wood as a tampon. That’s gotta hurt. And Egyptians used Papyrus fibers. That’s how they made paper and rope. (shudders) In some cultures, women would sit in menstruation huts made of hay on hay barrels and bleed it out. (sighs) And in humid cultures,
they would take peat moss and they would put it in a cloth and then shove that in their
underwear to absorb the flow. That’s gotta be prickly. Chinese women would use sand and a cloth that would be put in their underwear and the sand absorbed the blood like a bloody sand castle, and then they would rinse the sand out and reuse the cloth. And these days, we’re worried about sand getting stuck in our
socks or between our toes. I couldn’t imagine what
they had to deal with. And in World War One, French nurses discovered that the cellulose bandages that they would use to bandage up soldiers were great to absorb blood, so they would stuff them in their panties, and they would absorb all the blood, and everyone’s nice and happy. And in the 1800s, European women
didn’t even use protection. They just let the flow flow. It would go all over their clothes, even on the floor, they did not care, because they did not have
money for protection. It was seen as a luxury item. And today, fur is seen
as another luxury item, although I do not promote it, but women in colder climates
would use it to absorb blood. But don’t worry, little buddy, I would never use you for my flow. Never. And today, we have so many options for natural ways to deal with our periods. So, without further
ado, these are the ways. (upbeat music) First and foremost, I recommend
stocking up ahead of time. This is especially important if you’re going to rural places, really off the beaten path, or specific countrilies, countrilies? Specific countries,
like in the Middle East, where pads and tampons
aren’t easily found, and sometimes not even found at all. Even in countries where you
can find pads and tampons, they might not have the
brand that you like, so prepare ahead of time. Packing your suitcase with everything that you need for that specific trip you’re going on is highly recommended. The last thing you want is to be stuck somewhere where you can’t get pads or tampons or diva cups or whatever, and it’s that time of month, and you have to deal with a murder scene. No one wants to see that. (upbeat music) When you are in your destination and you have your period, and you’re out and
about enjoying your day, I would recommend, even
before you leave for that day, put some small plastic bags into your pocket, into your purse, that you can have with you in case you are in a situation where you’re using a toilet where you can’t flush anything down it. The systems around the
world are all different. They may not be the same as back home, where you can put a tampon in the toilet, flush it down, no problem. Some systems don’t allow that. So if you have a plastic bag, you can put your tampon in there, as well as your pad, if there are any garbage
bins, rubbish bins, whatever you wanna call them for you to dispose of them, you can put it in that plastic bag, tie it up, and find a
garbage can somewhere else, and dispose of everything then. God, jeez, if you hear a baby grumbling, or tooting,
it’s my baby, right there. She’s right there. Speaking of baby, I haven’t had my period in a year, that’s a plus. And, since I’m breastfeeding, who knows when Aunt Flow’s
gonna show up again? And I can deal with that. (upbeat music) Now let’s talk about sustainability. And what I mean by that are menstrual cups and reusable pads, which I’ve been all about for the last few years. First and foremost, again,
great for the environment. Also takes up little
room in your suitcase. This is especially important if you’re packing just a carryon. Pads and tampons take up a lot of room. A menstrual cup, reusable
pads, not so much. A menstrual cup, you may be
familiar with is the Diva Cup. I was using that for a year, and now I’m using XO Flow,
which I like a little bit more. I find it has less leakage, and basically it looks like a
shot glass for your vajayjay. It kinda also looks like a massive sperm or a cup with anal beads. Use your imagination. How it works is you
basically fold it like this and fold it like this, and then you insert it into your vagina. It opens like that once it’s in there. Fills up with the blood,
and once it is full, you can pull it out using this, and dump it out, clean it
up nice, put it back in, and go on with your day. What’s really great about
this is it can last, like, between eight to 12 hours, usually, on a regular flow, of course, if you have a heavier flow, you’re gonna wanna empty
it a lot more often, but they last a lot longer
than pads and tampons, so if you’re out enjoying your day, you don’t really have to
deal with your period. You can wait till you get home, then take it out and clean
it and put it back in again. Also, pads and tampons tend to have chemicals on them that are
not good for your body, so if you are deciding to
go the pad and tampon route, I would highly recommend looking at what is on your pads and tampons. It’s like a fragrance, like, why would you wanna put
that up in your vagina? You don’t need a fragrance up in there. I would recommend getting cotton, organic pads and tampons, fragrance free, no chemicals on them, look in to it, because you don’t want all that effecting you health and up
in, like, your lady bits. (upbeat music) Now let’s talk about reusable
pads and panty liners. There’s a company called Glad Rags, and they make reusable
pads and panty liners. We got the night pad. We got the day pad. Panty liner. Okay, so I have some new
ones that I just got. Have never been used. This is the night pad,
so you can see here. There are these two little
pads, and one big pad. Two little pads go right here in this little cubby, and you got these two flaps here and this goes around your underwear, and there’s a little button, and snaps like so, and so like the soft side is going against your body, going against your vag, and there you go, you
got your reusable pad. Night pad, I should say. So you should change this every
two to six hours, on average but depending on your
flow, everyone’s different. This is also great for post partum. If you’ve just had a baby, if you have a heavier flow during the day, you can also use the night pad, because it also has the
two extra pads here, it’s going to absorb more. It’s made using organic
cotton, it’s super soft, easy to clean, rinse it off, throw it in your washing
machine, and you can reuse it. This is the day pad, or a pad if you have a lighter period. It’s the same design, it’s just smaller. So you got the two pads again. Larger pad, like so, goes
around your underwear. There’s a button, secure
that, and you’re good to go. And the panty liners, I’ll
give a glance at these. Again, they look like the
other ones, but a lot smaller. They just keep getting smaller, and there is not other
extra insert for these, because this is meant to be used basically the last day of your period, or if you’re spotting, and
it’s the exact same concept. Like that, there you go. Super soft, again, organic cotton. This one’s just a little fancier. They also make ones for thongs. Yes, you can wear a
thong, have your period, and still be protected. Again, same concept. This is also meant to be
on, like, a lighter day, so, like, your last days of your period, or if you just have a
lighter flow in general, or if you’re spotting. It looks the same, just a
little bit of a different shape. Kinda looks like an ice cream cone. There are also other companies that make menstruation cups and reusable pads, like Luna Pads, and Thinx, and Diva Cups, so you have your selection. (upbeat music) There’s also a company called Panty Props, and they make swimsuits for when you have your period, and you don’t have to use pads or tampons or menstruation cups or anything. Apparently it’s got, like,
this built in pad system that can be fine when you’re in the water and it’s, like, absorbent, and you don’t have any leakage, and I don’t know exactly how it works. I haven’t used any of their items or bought any of their swimsuits myself, but I think it’s kind of
an interesting concept, and I’d be really interesting in trying. If you have ever used
these type of swimsuits, let us know by leaving a comment below. Tell us how you liked them,
if they actually work. I really wanna know. (upbeat music) Tea time. Tea time is great time when
you have horrible cramps. I like to bring tea with me when I travel for several reasons, but especially comes in handy when I have awful period cramps. Sometimes I get them so bad that I will literally crawl, crawling on the ground,
clawing the carpet. Those times I’m usually
going for some Advil, but if I can prevent myself
from taking any pills, I will, so having like a nice cup of soothing tea. Mm, it’s always so nice to have. Mm, so good. (upbeat music) I am all about essential oils. I use them for many different things, including menstrual cramps. I love a company called Sage, they make a lot of really
beautiful combination oils that can be used for different things. I especially love my peppermint
halo oil for headaches and my moon cycle oil for
when I have my period. The moon cycle oil is so nice when you have menstruation cramps. You can rub it all over your
belly, your lower abdomen, and it really helps to relieve those symptoms in a natural way. It has lavender in it, chamomile, it’s got rosewood, and
what’s the other one, geranium, I think it is? Yeah, geranium oil, it’s
a really nice scent. A really calming scent. Oh, it’s so good. And you can use it as much as you like. (upbeat music) Comfortable clothing. You want to have all
the comfortable clothing when you have your rag. I mean, I’m all about comfortable
clothing all year round, throughout the entire month, but especially when I have my period. I wanna be so comfortable. I wanna be as comfortable as possible. You don’t wanna be wearing
any tight clothing, especially tight pants,
anything that’s gonna be tight on your lower
half is an absolute no-no. If you are looking for an excuse, which I don’t think you need an excuse, but to wear to track pants and a, like, baggy sweatshirt or t-shirt, during your period is the time to do it. That is your excuse, except you
really don’t need an excuse, but if you need an excuse, there you go. (upbeat music) Some other ways to relieve cramps, because they suck, and you don’t really wanna deal with them, I mean, you’re gonna have to deal with them, but if you can make the symptoms less while you’re traveling, you’re gonna enjoy yourself a lot more. So, some other natural
ways to deal with them is to drink plenty of water. That H20, get it in you, get it in you. Also, vitamin D, exercise,
believe it or not. I know it’s hard to get up and be active when you have your period, you just wanna curl up in bed and just, like, sleep it away, sleep away those period pains, but exercise is actually really good and will help those symptoms that we hate during our period. Then there’s vitamin D and also other natural supplements that you can get at the health food store that are specifically for period cramps and dealing with your menstruation so that you can lower those symptoms, they’re less dramatic and you can go about your days in your new destination and really enjoy yourself to the max. (upbeat music) Another thing that I absolutely love, I have to mention, I
don’t have it with me, so I can’t actually show you, maybe I can just like put up a picture? A hot water bottle that
you can pack with you, fill it up with some hot water when you have those period cramps, and you can just, like,
hug it, all night long, and it stays warm and it feels so good. Oh my god, I’m just thinking
about how good it feels. Anyways, bring one of those
with you on your travels. They’re easy to pack, easy to find hot water
anywhere in the world, and will really relieve those period cramp symptoms that we hate. And that it is for talking about blood and periods and Aunt Flow and
whatever you wanna call it. But us ladies, we gotta deal with it, and men, you gotta deal with it too, if you have a lady in your life. And it’s just the reality of things. It’s how you got here. If we didn’t have our periods,
we couldn’t get pregnant, and you, everyone watching, every single one of you watching, would not be here, so thank you, periods. Thank you for existing. I hate you when you’re here, but I’m so thankful for you, because we’re all here because of you. Hopefully, this video helps you prepare for that time of
month when you’re traveling, and makes you feel more
confident about it, and also, I hope you learned
a little something extra about periods, menstruation
around the world and how women deal with it,
which I think is fascinating. (upbeat music)

38 Replies to “Periods and Travel: Best Practices & Products”

  1. Who's ready for a cultural history lesson from Aunt Flow? Also my favourite natural products for dealing with periods while traveling. Yay for periods and travel!!!

  2. I love my LunaCup! It's eco-friendly and I don't need a single pad or tampon thanks to it! Throughout my period, I pair my cup with Thinx panties for added protection or when I don't want to wear my cup (near the beginning or end of my period). Thinx are specifically made for periods. 🙂 I call my period "my bloody buddy" lol!

  3. I’ve used Lunapads and a menstrual cup for 5 years! I like Lunapads because one pad lasts all day, I just change the inserts every few hours. I use the Meluna cup. I had a Diva Cup but I found it didn’t fit my body right (turns out it’s one of the longest cups on the market!) Meluna comes in so many sizes, which I love. Thanks for this great video and for talking about periods like it’s no big thing.

  4. Thank you for this video. I learned about products that I did not even know existed. The lesson in the beginning was very informative how each country had their own methods of dealing with their periods.

  5. Skip to 0:47 if you already know what she’s talking about and want to skip the cringe… oh my it’s the whole video

  6. The worst situation is when you are going for scuba diving and you are on your period and the boat doesn't have toilet :$ :$

  7. there's plenty of pads in the middle east but tampons are recently new but still available everywhere!
    Thank you for your tips! I always use the hot water bottle and it's really good!

  8. Good video. But tampons and pads should not be flushed down the toilet. I hate traveling while on my period because I get in a really irritable and uncomfortable mood no matter what and I'm pretty much a useless lump. The first thing I do before booking a trip is check when aunt flo is supposed to pop up.

  9. That was a educational lesson from Aunt Flow lol. It's probably not the best practise but when I went on holiday I used to skip the period section on the pill, so I wouldn't have to deal with it 😂. It's a pain though, I'm uncomfortable to wear tampons and so it sucks when you want to go swimming but can't lol.

  10. Herbalist here! The .trifecta of essential oils that helps cramps is roman chamomile (specifically roman!), clary sage, and marjoram!! So wonderful <3 I also gotta put a disclaimer that clary sage shouldn't be used for long periods of time and can trigger seizures for people with epilepsy and OF COURSE always put your oils in a carrier oil (castor oil is a great one because it also helps with cramps!) Hope this helps some of you ladies <3

  11. I started using menstraul cup about a year ago and love it! and I just made my own cloth pads and love them too!! i always suffered horrible cramps and since switching they are alot less severe! I have not tried period undies yet but plan to order some! My little sister just got her first period and my mom got her period panties and she Likes them to have as a backup at school! and she has a swim suit also but hasnt tried it yet. she got it all from panty prop. she also tried a brand called knixteen but wasnt a fan of them.

  12. What type of tea do you recommend! How do you clean up well in public restroom! And I didn’t get my period until my son was 11 months old so used to not having it for another year

  13. Is that Siya I hear outside yawning? XD XD LMFAO Did I also hear anal beads thrown in there? XD XD Gotta luv u aunt Kristen =))

  14. Midway through watching this and i have to comment on the part where she said that tampons and pads aren’t easily found or cant be found at all in the middle east… that’s so wrong, in the middle east they have these as normal regular supplies that can be found everywhere in malls or hyper markets or even in the smallest local convenience store. But it’s still a great idea to store in advance no matter where you’re going bc it’s safer and more prepared that way

  15. I wish I could use a cup but my doctor forbade me. I cannot use tampons either so it's pads and more pads for me 🙁 I really liked Aunt Flo's segment, great video!

  16. Last time we were in Vancouver we saw Lunapads and I enjoy it but still navigating weening to no disposable tampons or pads at all. – SE

  17. Hannahpad also makes incredible reusable pads, but they're a bit pricey in upfront costs. However, I haven't bought disposable products in over 6 months. The pads and my menstrual cup have paid for themselves.

  18. Good video. Unfortunately I'm allergic to most of the essential oils that help with your period 😝 but I found a natural product called Cramplex made by MediHerb. It contains corydalis turtschaninovii, ginger root, raspberry leaf, wild yam and viburnum opulus bark. I can't take any pain killers except opiates (which make me dizzy and stupid so I avoid as much as possible) so this product has been a life saver as I have endometriosis. Highly recommended this product or if you can find something similar

  19. Thanks for that great video! Wow, women of the past, I salute you!!! Menstruation has been around since the beginning of the human rac, but the tampon only patented in 1931!? I'm very grateful for modern times…and the menstrual cup! 🙂

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