You can’t always find what you need to buy when you travel, especially as a woman.
I hadn’t planned for any of this to happen!
When I visited Portugal, I was overcome with serious seasonal allergies to the point where I couldn’t sleep from all the constant sneezing. They didn’t have it over the counter, and I would need to see a doctor to get some.
In France (or was it Portugal again?) I also needed some aspirin because I had a headache and I wasn’t able to find it over the counter in the store nor in the pharmacy as it is a medicated product.
In both cases, I would have needed to visit a doctor, and have gotten a prescription for it.
In Venezuela even in the capital city of Caracas, I learned from watching States of Undress that buying feminine hygiene products is near to impossible.
These products are regulated by the government and you simply cannot find them in stores. When she finally did purchase them on the black market, she paid 300 Venezuelan Bolívars which is about $30 USD for a small packet.
You need to be prepared for anything, and whatever could possibly happen on your trip.
Of course, in your hotel you can reasonably expect to find shampoo, toilet paper, and soap (you hope), but I always travel with my own because the hotel amenities always tend to dry my hair and skin out (unless I go to a 5-star hotel which I have only done once in a my life).
So what do I always pack when I travel?
(1) EXTRA PILLS AND MEDICATION
Ladies, birth control is something my friend ran out of on her honeymoon and lo and behold, she came back knocked up. 😉 I’m happy for her (and she is thrilled too ….. after realizing she didn’t even get a chance to relax and enjoy being married), but things happen.
So yeah, if you are traveling, don’t bring JUST enough for the trip, bring a few more weeks worth of medication because you never know when you may get delayed, have a flight canceled, etc.
Some basic medication to carry:
- Allergy medication – I like Aerius as it doesn’t make me drowsy
- Motion sickness pills / patches — I don’t do Gravol, it knocks me out, but the scopolamine patches are amazing
- Extra Birth control
- Extra medication
(2) CONSIDER REUSABLE FEMININE PRODUCTS
Ever since I stopped taking birth control pills continuously to halt my periods because it was time consuming, and after having Baby Bun, I started to feel uncomfortable with all those hormones in me, plus my skin was going haywire.
A lot of people are initially grossed out by the idea because you’re basically inserting a cup inside and letting it collect the uterine lining being shed along with the blood, but it is a lot cleaner than a tampon or a pad has ever been.
I can also swim in it and I feel 100% secure, although I will say that after giving birth to Baby Bun, I do find that it leaks more than usual due to the havoc having a baby wreaks on your uterus and bladder (they use it like a mini trampoline, no joke).
It is a lot neater and cleaner than a tampon or pad, and the added benefit is that it is reusable so it helps the environment as well.
Just think of how many tampon applicators get tossed in the trash!! By the way, if you can’t get on board with this reusable option, at least consider this reusable tampon applicator (about to drop on the retail market), or these awesome period panties that you can wear during your period to collect the blood, and re-wash.
You can also use reusable cotton pads (I do not), but those are like cloth diapers — high maintenance and kind of too bulky to wear comfortably.
I am now no longer without a backup. I have one in the car, I have one in my purse, and I have one at home. I even have a little Work Kit where I keep it when I am at work.
I am NEVER WITHOUT ONE, and I will use it the rest of my life. Just remember to wash and sanitize them regularly.