Going Green With Travel Tampons and Other Feminine Alternatives

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Flickr Photo Credit: Cosmic Kitty

I originally posted this article on our travel blog under the title “Finding Tampons on the Road Less Traveled and Other Menstrual Miracles”.

It was designed to show alternatives to taking up half your backpack space with products you might not be able to find on the road. However, it occurred to me the information would be appropriate here as well. The original article is posted below, in its entirety.

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Let’s face it, ladies. There are no tampons on the road less traveled. In fact, there are times when it’s fairly difficult to find any sort of feminine hygiene products at all. What’s a girl to do?

Well, the most popular option I’ve read about and tried is called “The Keeper”. It’s an eco friendly alternative to tampons, and you can take it with you wherever you go, using very little luggage space to do so. The company even makes an alternative version in silicone, for those women who are allergic to latex.  You can order their product by clicking here to go to keeper.com.  Word of advice: you’ll definitely want to test drive this option at home for a few months before hitting the road.

In addition (or instead of), you may want to explore the washable cloth pad option. Many of the larger health food stores have them, or you can order them online from some of the larger manufacturers. Or you can even order them through ebay, as several women are making and selling them at a much more affordable price. You’ll also probably want to spend some time researching different designs that meet your comfort standards specifically. If you are needing to penny pinch in this area, here are some links to help you out:

I’ll be honest. This is not a transition I wanted to make. In fact, I made the journey kicking and screaming. And, I’ll probably use the disposable version on the road wherever available. However, after spending nearly an entire day in Costa Rica hunting down a place to purchase any type of feminine product, I decided that I’d best not be counting on finding them in some of the more remote travel locations at all. Hence, my exploration into the world of alternative feminine care. 

While I probably wouldn’t have made or even considered this transition if I wasn’t about to spend six months trekking God knows where (we’re going to just see where we feel moved to go), I have to say that it is liberating to not have to carve out as much space in my luggage, and also to not have to plan on spending such an inordinate amount of time tracking down the necessities instead of actually enjoying the trip.

I hope this was helpful, and would be interested in any other road goddess tips on how to manage these items successfully under extreme conditions.