Feminine Hygiene Tips for Female Backpackers
I regularly wash out my hands when using the washroom, but it's not always possible when backpacking in the woods. We don't talk about this enough, but I'd to talk about it because it's crucial to keep its hygiene and it's not possible to maintain the high level of hygiene in the backcountry.
I'm quite the opposite to use conventional feminine products such as deodorants, sprays, tampons and any scented personal care products. If you are ultralight backpacker just like me, then read this with an extra patience.
Let's talk about how to maintain hygiene and prepare for your next hike.
1. Pee Funnels
Pee funnels are very convenient and comfortable to use, and they allow women to pee downwind in an upright position. They work with any garments (skirts, pants etc.). No need to expose yourself from waist down simply to pee.
Take this along with you when you to go camping, backpacking so that you can safely drink enough water to keep you hydrated without worrying too much about peeing. P-Style makes the outdoor experience great and it’s a must have Especially for travelers or outdoors women and Never pee sitting down again.
2. Menstrual Cups
These might take few tries getting it in and out, but once you get to hang on it, you'll have no leaks or discomfort when using it. Carefully read the manufacturer instructions for how to use it and find the way to get it in but don't be harsh.
More importantly, they can save you money in the long run because you'' never have to spend money on pads and tampons. To avoid any leakage.
I'd recommend using panty liners along with these menstrual cups. Compared to tampons and regular pads, Menstrual cups are better and a lot cleaner. So Never go back to pads again.
3. Panty liners
Use panty liners until you get the hang of using P-Style funnels. I use panty liners regularly for hiking because they are very easy to swap out each day, if you are prone to any yeast infections, then it may not be the best option for you. Don't use pantyliners if you're planning on heavy day.
4. Breathable Underwears
Wearing the right kind of underwear is important. Merino wool is a mix of Wool, Nylon, and Spandex and feels like raw silk. They are soft, ultralight and breathable.
They never itch and doesn't smell. I love wearing these because they are very comfortable when hiking all day. Sadly, these are also stupidly expensive and requires super delicate care and feeding. Check out our dedicated article about preventing thigh chafing when backpacking.
Biodegradable Wipes or Biowipers are ideal for the sanitary needs while hiking, camping or for any outdoor activity. These are super useful and must have in my backpack checklist.
They can clean up your armpits, freshen your face. Make sure you wipe out after peeing and pack those wipes in extra trash bag even though they are bio compatible I’d like to just bury them.
I knew that its always difficult to maintain a high level of hygiene when backpacking but following these tips would make your backpacking a lot easier this summer and keeps you feel fresh and flourish during your journey. Guys If you are reading for your partner, then pass on to your lady.