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Managing your period on your holiday

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managing your period on holiday

Packing the right things is the first step to ensuring you have an enjoyable summer holiday. Sunglasses – check. Towel – check. Tanning oil – check. More pairs of shoes than you really need to take – check. Tampons – check.

Let’s be honest, there’s never a good time to be on your period. Being on it on your summer holiday is especially bad. However, it doesn’t mean you have to cancel everything or spend a few days hidden away in your hotel room.

In an ideal world, you wouldn’t be on your period on your holiday, (or at any point in your life) but life doesn’t always play fair so you have to compromise. There are things you can do to make sure the whole thing isn’t as big of a deal as you think.

As mentioned before, knowing what to pack can massively help you out. You need to be prepared for anything. Travelling, and especially flying can sometimes disrupt your cycle.1,2 So you don’t want to be caught out.

Whether you use tampons, pads or cups, just be sure you pack plenty of them. Over-estimate how many you think you’ll need. They last thing you want is to find yourself in a Spanish supermarket frantically trying to figure out where the tampon isle is.

Wear sensible clothing. Long flowing dresses may be a better option that skinny jeans, it’s all about comfort and convenience. Should disaster strike and you in need a quick trip to toilet, what’s going to be easier to get off in a hurry?

Only you know how you really feel when you’re on your period, so plan out your trip. If for you the first few days are the worst, plan your activities around this, e.g. maybe avoid bungee jumping.

If you use a contraceptive pill you can keep taking hormonal tablets to skip periods that are going to arrive at an awkward time. You can find out more about your contraceptive options here. Or you could speak to your doctor about taking a pill with an extended regime that reduces the number of periods you have throughout the year. Meaning you can spend more time relaxing around the pool, topping up your tan.

Which, come to think of it, isn’t a bad way to spend a summer holiday is it?



  1. Travelling and periods – How travelling affects your periods. Available at: Accessed: April 2017.
  2. How travelling affects your period. Available at: Accessed: April 2017.