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Luckily, there are effective ways to treat your menstrual symptoms so you can continue to enjoy your vacation. 

Every woman knows how utterly frustrating it is to start their menstrual cycles on vacation. Whether you have a light or heavy flow, the extra time and energy it takes to care for yourself can ruin your travel experience. It’s even worse for women that deal with menstrual symptoms like cramps, headaches, fatigue, nausea, upset stomach, moodiness, and painful acne. The feeling is so overwhelming that you just want to lock yourself in the hotel room and remain there forever. 

While many women try to avoid traveling during their menstrual cycle, sometimes it’s unavoidable. Whether a scheduled trip falls on the day your cycle starts or your period shows up early, it’s a pain. Luckily, there are effective ways to treat your menstrual symptoms so you can continue to enjoy your vacation. 

Pack wisely
Whether you’re due to start your period on vacation or not, it’s always a good idea to pack a few basic essentials. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you may not be able to find things you need while vacationing. You’ll need sanitary napkins, tampons, feminine wipes, painkillers, and an extra set of underwear and clothes. If you have any other unique products you use like a heating pad, bath salts, essential oils, or control-top underwear, bring those with you. 

Take painkillers (as needed)
If you’re experiencing cramps during vacation, taking a pain pill can help ease your discomfort. You can take one early in the morning before starting your day and keep some with you to take as needed. Ensure that you follow the medication instructions and don’t take more than advised. If you’re drinking, it’s best to turn to other pain management practices to be safe. 

Warm and cold compresses
Heating pads and ice packs can be instrumental in treating many period symptoms. They can ease inflammation and nerve pain to provide relief. If your cramps are unbearable, try putting the heating pad on your abdomen for a few minutes. Are you wondering how to treat cystic acne? Give ice packs a try. You can also apply heat or ice to other painful areas like your head, back, neck, or feet. 

Use tampons or cups
Many vacations involve swimming or engaging in activities in the water. However, trying to participate while on your period can get messy. Consider using tampons or menstrual cups if you plan to be in or near the water. These devices prevent blood from leaking onto your underwear, swim gear, and into the water, enabling you to have a good time without concern. 

Keep feminine wipes handy
You never know when you may need to freshen up. Having feminine wipes in your purse or backpack allows you to stay clean no matter where you are. You can slip into the restroom, clean your feminine area, change your pad, tampon, or cup, and get back to enjoying your trip.

Take it easy
If your period causes fatigue, it’s best to take it easy, so you don’t overexert yourself. Pacing yourself allows you to have more fun throughout the day without getting too sleepy. Believe it or not, you can do plenty of things on vacation that won’t tire you out. 

You can relax on the beach, go for a short walk, try new restaurants, visit museums, or even plan a spa day to ease your pain and discomfort further. If you’re exhausted, there’s nothing wrong with planning a lazy day at the hotel. You can sleep in, have a healthy breakfast, watch television, read a book, listen to music, journal, and so much more. 

Menstrual cycles are natural and essential to the female’s health and reproductive system. Be that as it may, it’s one of the most inconvenient and uncomfortable processes to manage, especially on vacation. While planning trips before your period begins is the most effective solution, it’s not always possible. The next best thing to do is use tips like those listed above to treat menstrual symptoms while enjoying your vacation.


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