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Female Hygiene During Hiking



Being a woman is never easy. No, I’m not a feminist but Yes, I do love travelling across narrow roads, far cities, deep oceans and mightiest mountains. Some of my friends know me as ‘Banjaran’. There is nowhere I would not like to go or try at least once in my life. And there exists no reason not to try once. Life without regrets is life well-lived. I envision capturing the whole world in my camera so that I can put all the pictures as wallpapers of my restaurant one day.

Travelling is not an easy lifestyle where you have to continuously battle your fear of heights, sleeping under the stars, running out of water, encountering some wild animal and taking the wrong turns. In the midst of all these, female hygiene is a great question for us and our society. The plenty of sweat, non-availability of washrooms, surviving on toilet paper, pale tents and muddy trails canvass my hygiene. All you beautiful ladies who love adventure and are reading this, this blog is for you so that we can travel care-free.

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     HOW ABOUT GOING TO THE WASHROOM?

     1. NATURE CALL? Would it be a good idea to hold or not?

Answer: DON’T HOLD IT! I do understand we don't have the privilege to go anyplace like young men. Beginner hikers or campers may not be comfortable going to the bathroom in the forested areas. But, the most terrible thing you can do is hold it. Discover an area away from trail to relieve yourself.

     2. HOW DO I GO TO THE WASHROOM?

For #1, you have a few options. You can go the old-style and squat. Or on the other hand on the off chance that you'd like to realize what it feels like to pee standing up, there are female pee gadgets like Urinal cups.

For #2, grab your trowel and dig a 6-8“hole in the ground. Do your business then cover it with toilet paper completely when you’re done. If you don’t want to cover it, pack it out with you. Make sure you carry a sufficient amount of Ziplock bag, Toilet paper or wet wipes with you.

     3. CLEAN FROM FRONT TO BACK

Regardless of whether you have a baby wipe or toilet paper, always wipe from front to back. This pushes the bacteria away to avoid getting a UTI. According to Stanford Medicine, UTIs are the most common bacterial infections that people come to the hospital with. They can be extremely painful and not something you want to deal with in the middle of your trip.

     4. KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED

Another common mistake people make is not drinking enough water because they would prefer not to go to the washroom. Your body needs to remain hydrated, so it's important to drink a lot of water.

     HOW DO I KEEP BACTERIA AWAY?

It may appear to be difficult to keep up your hygiene during a tough hike, but there are a lot of ways to freshen up while you’re out in the wild. Regardless of whether you're at a brown camping site or hiking all day, you can still maintain good hygiene by following the steps below.

     5. KEEP DRY

One of the adverse environments for your woman parts is a place that’s constantly moist. If your underwear never has a chance to dry, it becomes a breeding bed for bacteria. By the day's end, change it out for a dry, clean pair or use Cotton Sanitary napkins or Liners as an alternative to keep your clothing clean.

     6. WEAR UNDERWEAR THAT FITS

Make sure you’re bringing underwear that fits you well, before you pack for your travel. In case, if it’s too small, it’ll constantly be rubbing against your skin. You don’t want to be uncomfortable for the rest of the trip. You can try a hipster or brief style underwear to get the full coverage.

     7. CLEAN DOWN THERE (WHEN POSSIBLE)

There is not always an option to take shower while camping. Take advantage of the campsites that do have shower facilities to have a full wash. If the water conditions are decent in the river nearby, that’s another easy way to wash off.

     8. ALWAYS WASH THE UNDERWEAR YOU’RE NOT WEARING

Make a habit of washing the last day’s underwear every night. That way they’ll have time to dry and be prepared for the next day. Pour a small amount of water with soap over them to clean them, If there’s not a lake nearby.

Furthermore, you can take the advantage of the Scrubba portable laundry wash bag to wash clothes. Just put your dirty clothes in it with a little soap and water, rub it around for a few minutes and pull them out to hang dry.

Be sure to use an environmentally friendly soap to avoid polluting the environment. Also take care of the fact that r, just because it’s biodegradable doesn’t make it ok to wash with the soap in a lake, river or stream. It’s best practice to wash at a little distance from any water source when using soap.

     9. USE WET WIPES

The next best thing you can do when a shower isn’t available is to use wet wipes to clean any bacteria down there. Avoid ones with alcohol, as they’ll get rid of both the good and bad bacteria. A gentle baby wipe is best to get rid of sweat and odour.

     10. USE A GOOD PERFUME OR DEODORANT

You can’t prevent sweating, and you don’t want to since it’s your body’s way of cooling off. With that sweat comes an odour though, so put on deodorant first thing in the morning to help prevent that. Unscented ones are best to avoid any unwanted attention from bugs or animals.

     WHAT ABOUT THAT TIME OF MONTH?

Let’s talk about a few other considerations if you’re planning a hike around that time of the month.

     1. PLAN YOUR BIRTH CONTROL AROUND IT

If you’re on birth control and able to time it well, you can plan to get your period before or after your trip. This will avoid any issues of dealing with it. You can take the pills during the time you’re supposed to have it and stop them once you get home.

     2. USE MENSTRUAL CUP

A Menstrual Cup is a new method for dealing with your period that is becoming popular among backpackers. A menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene device which is inserted into the vagina during menstruation and can be left up to 4-12 hours. The cup is removed, emptied, rinsed, and reinserted. It’s reusable, so you don’t get to worry about packing tampons, disposing sanitary napkins or dealing with its packing. Just don’t forget to boil the cups after each period.

     3. BRING PROTECTION

In case, you are uncomfortable with either of the above options or it does not work for you, you’ll need to bring a bag to put your used pads or tampons in. Keep them sealed tightly in there till you’ll be able to dispose of them in a proper place. If possible, give preference to tampons without applicators as they take up less space.

     WHAT ELSE CAN I DO TO STAY FRESH WHILE HIKING?

WASH YOUR HANDS: Whenever you’re going to be in contact with sensitive body parts, make sure your hands are clean first. You can keep these areas as clean as possible but introducing dirt-filled hands will make the problem worse. Use soap and water if possible, or hand sanitizer if you have it.