How to use a menstrual cup while hiking, backpacking, and camping!

Spring is the perfect time to grab a journal and start planning your expeditions into the wilderness! As you sketch out the perfect weekend that is plan-free and ready for adventure, you suddenly panic, realizing that you picked the dreaded period week

Is it really possible to plan an outdoor camping adventure during your period, without using tampons or pads?

Yes! But first, make sure you read over this blog post because there is a right way and a wrong way to camp on your period.

Before we head into the “how” of camping with a menstrual cup, here are a few reasons “why” you should bring your Pixie Cup along!

1. The Pixie Cup is reusable.

You’ll never have to worry about running out of tampons, or forgetting to bring enough pads for your travels! Your Pixie Cup is durable and accessible, and you can reuse it over and over!

2. The Pixie Cup is waste-free.

When you camp on your period with a menstrual cup, you avoid the question of “bury it or pack it out?” Nobody wants to lug a ziplock bag of used period waste around. With your menstrual cup, you only have to bury the contents, clean the cup, and use it again!

3. The Pixie Cup gives you a lot more time for adventure.

A regular tampon holds about 5ml of blood, while the small Pixie Cup Luxe holds 20ml, and the large size holds 25ml! Your menstrual cup gives you 4X the amount of time for adventure as an average tampon!

So, how can you use a menstrual cup while camping? As it turns out, the technique is pretty simple!

Pixie menstrual cup in a camping backpack

Step 1: Preparation is the best solution!

When you are planning your trip, take the time to think through what you might need on the trail! After all, this is your one opportunity to grab what you need before you are roughin’ it in the wilderness! We recommend bringing plenty of hand sanitizer, a bottle of water, a small bar of soap or container of Pixie Cup Wash, and moistened paper towels or Pixie Wipes to give your cup a quick cleaning during the trek.

Step 2: Make sure you sanitize.

This is absolutely essential, girls! You’ll want to make sure your cup is well-sanitized with boiling water before you head out on your adventure, and MAKE SURE your hands are clean and sanitized before you remove your cup to empty it. Do not forget this step! You can sanitize your hands with some water from your water bottle and a little soap, or with some Pixie Wash and water.

Step 3: Bury it or pack it out.

If you know anything about camping in the wilderness, you probably are aware of the phrase “Leave No Trace.” The Leave No Trace principles are to keep nature thriving and care for the earth, as well as to be considerate of others who come behind you. When you empty your cup, empty the contents in a 6-8 inch cathole that is 200 feet from a water source. The easiest way to do this is to bring a small trowel with you. Simply empty the fluid in the hole and use water from your bottle to rinse your cup. When you are finished, replace extra dirt in the hole, and disguise the area with leaves or brush. Make sure you wash or sanitize your hands when you are finished!

Step 4: Boil your cup after your period.

If your camping trip lasts longer than your period, make sure you sanitize your cup thoroughly with boiling water (be careful!) before packing it away.

Bonus Tip: Bring essential oils and pain reliever.

As we all know, periods are more than just a pain in the you-know-where to clean up… they are also literally painful sometimes. Make sure you pack some pain reliever, or a few drops of peppermint essential oil (diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil) in a travel container, to ease bloating and cramping.

We hope this helps feel equipped to have a fantastic trip! Have any tips for adventuring with a menstrual cup? Leave them in the comments!

Happy trails!

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  1. Jenn on April 26, 2019 at 2:13 am

    I would recommend not trying it for the first time on a camping trip- it takes a few cycles to get the hang of a menstrual cup!

    • Laura U. on April 26, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      This is a great tip, Jenn, and I absolutely agree! It’s best to use your Pixie Cup for a few cycles before taking it on a camping trip! Thanks for commenting!

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