The Winter has been long and filled with both too much homework and wayyyy too much snow. You’ve been waiting for SPRING BREAK to arrive basically ever since school started in the Fall. You’re all set to board the plane and then BAM— you have a stowaway and her name is AUNT freakin’ FLO. Read on to find out how to deal with the crimson wave when all you want to do is head to the ocean.
What do I pack?
First of all, you’re going to pack all those cute clothes you originally were going to bring. Aunt Flo won’t stop a baddie like U, so you BETTER still bring all those Instagram worthy outfits you planned!!
But in terms of your actual period, here’s a checklist of vacation must-haves:
Tampons, pads, menstrual cup: Or whatever your fav method of period protection is! And bring LOTS. Better to be safe than sorry, especially if you’re far from home. If you’re gonna be doing a lot of swimming, opt for water friendly protection like tampons or a cup.
Pain Relievers: The last thing you want to be dealing with while you’re trying to enjoy some much needed sunshine are CRAMPS. Who invited them along anyway?? Make sure to pack some ibuprofen with you, so you can go back to playing beach volleyball or bike riding or reading peacefully under some shade.
Period Proof Underwear: Knixteen ‘Oh-No’ Proof Underwear are extra absorbent and will catch any period leaks in its tracks. They’re great to use as back up with a tampon or cup if your flow is super heavy, or perfect on their own on a light period day. These are perfect to bring on vacation because no one wants to leak on their new sun dress. Or beach towel. Or hotel sheets.
Can I Swim?
You can definitely still swim on vacation. In fact, we encourage it! If your period is light, you can jump right into the water. You’ll probably want to put on period protection (a pad, tampon, cup, period undies) right after getting out of the water though, but while swimming you’ll be A-OK. If your period is heavier, a menstrual cup or tampon will do the trick in the water.
Wading in the ocean will probs help out our cramps too, so major points there! And no, sharks will not attack you! If you need more detailed info on swimming on your period, you can check out our guide here. Read up, then pack your cutest bathing suit, and get going!
Can I postpone my period?
The short answer is not really, but the long answer is you can definitely try! The cycle is going to run its course regardless of what you do but there are some foods you can try stocking up on that might push your bleeding time out a few days. Some of these include pineapple, herbs like parsley and ginger, and anything with lots of Vitamin C (like oranges). Curious how it works? Check out our article here!