How To Survive Your Period at a Festival
You’ve been counting down the days to Glastonbury. You’ve got your floral headband, your Hunter wellies and uhhh, your period too. Awkward. But getting your period at a festival doesn’t mean game over: follow these tips and you can get back to enjoying the bands (if not the weather):
There’s nothing like realising you’re out of tampons and having to stuff your knickers with tissue paper to put you on a downer. Running out of sanitary products is inconvenient and stressful. Luckily, you’re a clever girl: you know that your Pink Parcel box is packed with enough products for the month, including those all-important night-time pads. Make sure you remember to pack them! The handy pouch is perfect for fitting into your day bag, meaning you’ll never have to trek back to your tent for supplies.
Periods are by nature a messy business (and there’s nothing wrong with that). But when you’re spending the weekend sleeping in a flooded field with thousands of drunk maniacs, it can be inconvenient. Hand sanitiser and femfresh wipes are your new best friends, whether you’re on your period or not.
Femfresh is a pH balanced intimate skincare range which has been gynaecologically and dermatologically tested and won’t strip your skin of its natural defences. Bring a plastic bag to dispose of used sanitary products too – for those times when you CBA to leave the tent.
Watch The Clock
It’s super important to follow manufacturer guidelines for replacing pads and tampons to prevent the risk of leaks and more serious conditions like Toxic Shock Syndrome. Set an alarm on your phone to go off as a reminder – then you can get back to enjoying the festival vibes.
The best thing about being at a music festival? There are no rules! Do what you feel like: if your body is telling you to take a nap, go for it, no excuses necessary. Lay off the booze for the heaviest days of your flow and if you do indulge, stock up on plenty of water to rehydrate. It’s a good idea to bring some painkillers to tackle cramps too.
A headtorch will help you navigate the dreaded portaloos at night, when changing your towels or tampons will be trickier. Extra pants are a must for those annoying leaks. If you’re feeling super paranoid, bring a spare towel (or better yet – a cheap plastic poncho) to sleep on for your heaviest flow days. But don’t stress: leaks happen, it’s completely normal and when everyone else is covered in mud and three days worth of sweat, it won’t matter.