Option B

I'm all about that DIY

YAAAAS, girl! You are gonna be ready for this! Period preparations are no match for your superior planning skills! You rev up that Google engine and hit up the interwebs to see what you can find…

Yeah, we’ve done this. A lot. Here’s a not-so-brief summary, courtesy of Kate:

Unfortunately, you’ll find several articles on outdoor hygiene that entirely avoid or omit feminine considerations:

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/hygiene-sanitation.html

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/prof-hike-a-backpacker-s-guide-to-smart-personal-hygiene/

http://www.trailquest.net/hygiene.html

http://www.lowergear.com/advice.php/content/backcountry_hygiene

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/5-tips-for-hygienic-camping/

Here’s a couple of gems written by men, with some advice that’s just offensive or misinformed:

https://lnt.org/sites/default/files/Considerations_for_Women.pdf

(uh...menstruation is NOT a medical emergency!)

http://www.backpackingnorth.com/ultralight-makeover-stay-fresh-with-less/

Ahem: “Women might find taking moist towelettes useful for quick hygienic cleansing purposes as many have an anti-bacterial content”-- ladies, you should NOT be using antibacterial wipes down there!!!

And finally, here are a few that offer some DIY solutions, but alas, they have some major shortcomings, like using clear plastic baggies to dispose of used menstrual products. Even if you are OK with being able to see all that hanging out in your backpack, those things are not critter-proof, as Kate can tell you.

http://andrewskurka.com/2013/female-hygiene-guide-tips/

http://www.hiking-for-her.com/hikinghygieneforwomen.html

http://www.girlsprepguide.com/5-tips-for-camping-on-your-period/

http://www.logy.org/~alana/blood.htm

http://menstruationresearch.org/2012/10/30/how-to-menstruate-while-camping/

http://hikinglady.com/hiking/this-one-is-for-the-girls/

http://alishav.hubpages.com/hub/camping-for-women

http://realchickhiking.blogspot.com/2011/10/women-specific-leave-no-trace.html

We’ve talked to a lot of women about this, and some have come up with some pretty imaginative (sometimes complicated) DIY solutions, including:

  • For disposal: a ziplock bag, ziplock wrapped in duct tape, ziplock lined with newspaper, plastic grocery bags, coffee bags, peanut butter jars
  • And for odor control: baking soda, crushed aspirin, tea bags

[anyway, back to you and your studious research…]

Gah! Doing the Google for hours, and THIS is what you find?!

There has to be a better way!

[back to the game!]