It’s quite common for female travelers to question how much personal product they should pack with them for an upcoming trip. It’s even more of a question when the upcoming trip involves some not-so-much-like-home places… perhaps India, Cambodia, Mongolia and the like.
So, what do you do? Should you pack 6 months of tampons into your backpack, taking up precious space and adding to the list of items you have to shuffle around when trying to find what you’re looking for?
Hmm… this is a hard one for me to answer as it all depends on the type of person you are.
Who Packing Extra Tampons Might Be Right For
You see, there are some females that are very particular about their brand of tampon. While you will probably be able to find a brand of tampon in most countries (at least in bigger cities), it might not be your preferred brand. To girls that worry about issues like this, you might want to pack some extra tampons.
If the thought of having to go without tampons scares you, then you also might benefit from packing extras. Some countries, or more rural cities, may not have tampons, but only pads, readily available in the shops. Another possibility is that tampons might only be available in the pharmacy, over the counter (this is true for Kyrgyzstan), and that can lead to a bit of stress when that time of the month rolls around.
If the thought of having tampons without applicators is an issue, you may want to pack a supply of tampons. I’m not sure about most countries as I’ve done most of my traveling with a menstrual cup, but Australia is one that tends to market tampons that you have to insert manually. Yep, no plastic applicators to toss here.
Alternatives to Stock Packing
There are a couple of ways to bypass the need to over-pack personal products. One would be to have a friend or family member send you a care package with extra stock. Another would be to switch to a reusable menstrual cup.
Of course, both of these might not be options for everybody. If you’re traveling to many places with little downtime, it is risky to have a package sent from the other side of the globe. But, if you happen to know someone living at one of your destinations, you may be able to use their address for package collection.
The menstrual cup is a great, eco-friendly device, but for those that are a bit squeamish when it comes to their period, these are probably not the product for you. Even though I love my menstrual cup and feel safer wearing it over tampons, I understand that not everyone can handle it.
Another option to consider are the sea sponge tampons, which again, might not be for everyone. However, they are natural and unique – and will save you packing space and weight!
What about you? Have you had any experience with feminine products overseas?