I figure the title of this post will either have you absolutely curious or have you clicking the heck away from this page as fast as you can. I mean, I could have totally written a clever title of mystery, but that would just be all mean and we all know I’m not into that kind of trickery. I get that some of us aren’t completely comfortable talking (or reading) about menstruation, but if you stuck around after seeing the title I’d like to share my recent experience when on the road with my Diva Cup. I should start by saying that I’ve been using a Diva Cup (and Lunapads) exclusively for a few years now and have never had to bring it along when I was traveling. Let’s face it, we ideally like to stay home curled up on the couch with a good book and a pint of ice cream during that time of the month. Just me? Oh whatever. I know better.
In the midst of the chaos and planning for our recent trip to Walt Disney World with making lists, packing suitcases, and shopping for essentials, it suddenly occurred to me that my period would be making an appearance during the last few days of our trip. I gave it a brief thought, whined a little to myself, and added Diva stuff to my packing checklist. My mind quickly raced through what the days would be like, from sitting through conference speakers to visiting public restrooms, and walking the theme parks to our resort room. Mostly, it all seemed pretty similar to when the time comes while I’m at home, so how hard could it be, really?
I know that many people are a little nervous about the concept of the Diva Cup, but add being away from home to that and it just becomes too much for some women to consider. I’m hear to tell you that there’s nothing to worry about. Well, not any more than you typically would. Like for me it just happened that the first day my visitor joined our vacation was a full agenda filled with conference sessions. Care to guess the outfit I had already picked out and planned to wear for that day? A pretty top with very light pink (nearly white) capris. I know!!! What are the odds, right? Now I could have rummaged through the other clothes I brought for the trip and found something more safe to wear, but I’ll be darned if some little inconvenience like menstruation is going to get in the way of me and my, if I do say so myself, adorable outfit. I don’t like to brag, but I totally owned those capris as I strutted out of our hotel room determined not to let mother nature mess with my ensemble. I have a tiny confession, though. I did pack a little sweater, not in case it got chilly in the session room, but in case I needed to tie it around my waist. Oh you know what I’m talking about ladies. We ALL did it in high school. You know we did. I’m pleased to tell you that I didn’t even need that sweater and my Diva Cup totally performed like a champ. Take that mother nature.
Luckily, due to the timing of everything I was always able to empty and clean it in our hotel room so there was never any awkward moments in the public restroom – yeah I know, phew! I’m not sure why this felt any different than any other time I’ve traveled, with or without my monthly delight, but for some reason I felt like I accomplished something, like I gained a little confidence if there’s a next time when the timing is wrong and my period happens while on a trip. And if that next time happens I might even pack a pair of white pants on purpose. And a sweater. Definitely a sweater.
Disclosure: While Diva Cup is a sponsor of this blog, I love the product and was not asked to write this post. All opinions are my own and always honest.