Ladies. It comes whether you like it or not. Whether it’s a convenient time or not. Whether you are prepared or not. Your period does not care what is going on in your life at the moment.
It just comes and goes as it pleases. Some of you may be on pills or something that regulates your menstruation, but eventually it will come.
What would you do if you ran out of pads in the midst of your cycle, and you were stuck in your home due to severely bad weather, or civil or economic unrest? What if your period decided it wanted to rear its ugly head at a moment when you had no money to buy the feminine hygiene products you desperately needed, or the store shelves were bare?
It doesn’t really matter which scenario you prefer to prepare for… not having something to protect your clothing (and your dignity!) at that time of the month would be a real pain to deal with. What would you do?
I know what you would do. You’d improvise. You gotta do something, right? You’d end up wadding paper towels or washcloths, or cutting up an old shirt for an impromptu rag. But that would be pretty uncomfortable, wouldn’t it? And you’d need a lot of these things to get you through the week.
Doesn’t preparing for this inevitable inconvenience just seem like a good idea? Especially if there are teenage daughters in the home as well!
Being prepared to cover your period in times of an emergency doesn’t take much at all. And you actually have a few options…
Let’s take a closer look.
What Items to Stockpile for an Emergency
No one likes to think about being caught without access to feminine hygiene products, but it’s always best to be prepared. If you’re wondering which items to stockpile for an emergency situation, here’s a list of must-haves
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Washable Cloth Pads
Washable cloth pads are an environmentally friendly and economical alternative to disposable pads. They are made of natural fibers such as cotton, which allow your skin to breathe and prevent the growth of bacteria.
Cloth pads can be washed and reused multiple times, making them a sustainable option for feminine hygiene. In addition, they are usually less expensive than disposable pads, making them a great choice for budget-conscious women.
While cloth pads may require a bit more care than disposable pads, they offer many benefits that make them worth the effort.
The best selection and cheapest prices I’ve found for purchasing these is on Etsy. Though Amazon also carries a good variety, some available with free Prime shipping.
If you can sew, making your own would be most cost-effective.
If you can’t sew, and you don’t have much money to spend on cute, premade pads, you can always purchase some inexpensive terry cloth dish towels, fold them longways, and safely pin them to your undies. Washing clothes would work like this too, in a pinch.
The downside to using cloth pads is having to wash them. In an emergency situation you may not have a lot of water and/or soap to scrub these in. In which case your sanitary pads would end up being not so sanitary. Nevertheless, a few of these would be nice to have on hand.
Reusable Menstrual Cup
I know some of you ladies can’t stand the feeling of bulky pads, nor do you want to deal with the mess. I’m with ya! For those who prefer tampons, there is a washable alternative for you as well. It’s called the Diva Cup. Though I’ve just found other very similar products along the same lines; The Moon Cup, Lunette Menstrual Cup, and Instead Feminine Protection Cup.
Personally, I chose to order the Diva Cup. Basically, it’s an insertable cup that can be left in for up to 12 hours, rinsed in hot water and then re-used. It’s latex-free, made of top-quality silicone, and has had no reports of Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Obviously I’m pregnant and thus haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, but from the reviews I’ve read if you don’t have trouble with tampons, the Diva Cup is very much the same (though it does look a little scary to me in all honesty!). Overall, I have heard a lot of great things about this product.
There are different sizes for pre-baby ladies, and post-baby mamas, as well as for women over the age of 30. So make sure you get the right size.
I chose to purchase a Diva Cup mainly as an emergency back up for several reasons:
- It’ll save you lots of money.
- You don’t need a lot of water to rinse it.
- It’s reusable, so you only need ONE per lady.
- It doesn’t take up much room at all to store. It’s small, and weighs practically nothing.
Stocking Up On Your Favorites
You can also choose to stock up on your favorite supplies. Often you can score tampons and pads for free or very little money by paring coupons with weekly sales.
If disposables are more up your alley, make sure to store these items in a plastic bucket or container to protect them from any water damage or rodents seeking a comfy bed.
Remember that sanitary pads can also double as bandages (or firestarters!) in an emergency situation, so they are definitely a good thing to have on hand.
The down side to stocking up on disposables is the valuable space it takes to store them. I do keep a stash of pads that I get for nothing with coupons, but I’m not building a stockpile of them as my primary source of feminine hygiene, in which case I would need a lot of them.
The average woman uses about four tampons per day for an average of five days during one period – around 240 tampons per year. This can take up a lot of space.
Of course, you can always decide that you’ll just take it as it comes, and not have a back-up plan for a time when you might not be able to get your hands on the feminine products that you’ll be so desperate for when caught unprepared.
For many people, periods can be a source of anxiety and discomfort. But did you know that your period can also be a source of emergency preparedness? That’s right – period proof underwear can help you be prepared for any situation.
Period proof underwear is designed to absorb all menstrual fluid, meaning that you won’t have to worry about leaks or stains. This can be invaluable in an emergency situation, where you might not have access to clean water or a place to change your clothes.
In addition, period proof underwear can help you stay comfortable and focused in an emergency situation. There’s no need to worry about chafing or leaks when you’re wearing period proof underwear – you can focus on staying safe and getting to the next safe location.
So if you’re looking for a way to be prepared for anything, period proof underwear is a great option. Make sure to keep a pair or two in your emergency kit, so you’ll be ready for anything life throws your way.
No one likes to think about emergencies, but the truth is that they can happen at any time. And when they do, it’s important to be prepared. That’s why every woman should have a stockpile of toilet paper on hand for feminine hygiene emergencies.
TP is an essential item for any woman who wants to be prepared for the unexpected. From light to heavy periods, there are a lot of situations where having a few extra squares can really come in handy.
Make sure you have a stash of toilet paper in your home. It could just be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major disaster.
No one likes to think about emergencies, but it’s important to be prepared for them, nonetheless. One often-overlooked item on the emergency preparedness checklist is extra underwear.
But why is this such an important item? First of all, clean underwear can help to boost morale in a difficult situation. Secondly, extra underwear can be used as improvised bandages or padding in the event of an injury.
Finally, having clean underwear on hand can help to prevent the spread of disease in a crowded emergency shelter. So don’t forget to pack some extras when you’re stocking up your emergency supplies – your future self will thank you!
Most women experience some form of discomfort during their menstrual cycle, and many find that over-the-counter medication can provide relief.
For starters, ibuprofen is always a good option to have on hand, as it can help to reduce cramping and pain. If you suffer from bloating or water retention, diuretics can also be helpful.
For nausea or headaches, ginger or peppermint tea can be soothing, and over-the-counter antihistamines can provide relief from allergies or sensitivities.
Finally, don’t forget the basics such as pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
If you’re prone to yeast infections, UTIs, or skin irritation, it’s a good idea to have some of these creams and powdered products on hand. Just be sure to pack them in a leak-proof container! It’s also a good idea to have extra liners, feminine wipes, and other essentials stockpiled, just in case.
If you are on birth control, this is another emergency preparedness item to stockpile. Whether you use condoms or the pill, you may want to keep a little extra on hand.
However, with the constantly changing landscape of insurance coverage and reproductive rights, it can be difficult to know how much birth control to stockpile. The best way to ensure that you have enough is to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider.
They can help you assess your needs and make sure that you have a supply that will last.
What NOT To Do
There are a few things you should avoid doing when it comes to stockpiling or storing extra feminine hygiene items for an emergency.
For one, you need to be careful about what you dispose of in the toilet, whether it’s a regular toilet or a camping toilet. Tampons are one item that you should never flush down a camping toilet.
When tampons absorb liquid, they expand and can cause blockages. This can cause major problems since the toilet won’t be able to flush properly.
It’s also not a great idea to bury your used feminine hygiene products. They attract insects and animals.
As any woman knows, there are a few essential items that must always be on hand: feminine hygiene products and medication. However, it’s important to remember that these items have expiration dates, and keeping them around after they’ve expired can be dangerous.
Expired medication may not work as intended and could even cause serious side effects, while expired feminine hygiene products may be less effective at preventing leaks or odors.
That’s why it’s always a good idea to check the expiration dates on your stockpile of these items and make sure you’re using them before they go bad.
Other Emergency Preparedness Feminine Hygiene Tips
Here are a few more tips to keep in mind when you’re creating your emergency preparedness stockpile for feminine hygiene items.
Where Will You Store Your Items?
The best place to store feminine hygiene items is in a dry, cool place. A closet or drawer is ideal. You’ll want to make sure the items are in a box or container so they don’t get damaged or dusty. And if you live in a humid climate, you may want to consider using a dehumidifier to keep the area dry.
How Will You Wash Up?
While handwashing is always important, it is especially vital during emergency preparedness situations. This is because when you are without running water or soap, your risk of contracting a disease or infection increases exponentially.
In addition, women need to be especially mindful of their hygiene during these times, as poor hygiene can lead to a number of problems, including UTIs, yeast infections, and more.
To keep yourself clean and healthy during an emergency situation, you should always carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you. Stockpile extra hand sanitizer just in case and have a plan in place for where you and the rest of your family will wash your hands if there’s no running water.
If Not Using Disposables, How Will You Clean Them?
You will also need a plan in place for how you will clean your reusable menstrual products. Whether it’s a cup or washable pads, it’s important to think about how you’ll stay sanitary if you no longer have running water.
How Will You Get Rid of the Used Products?
You also need to think about how you will get rid of your used tampons or pads – again, especially if you don’t have running water. Burying them is not a good option, and you won’t have trash pick-up anymore.
Some tampons have synthetic fibers in them, so they won’t compost. My recommendation is to stockpile those that are all-natural (cotton) so you can compost them. The heat and bacteria in the compost will break down the materials, and you’ll be left with nutrient-rich soil that’s perfect for your garden.
Have a Plan
The best thing you can do to prepare for any emergency is just that – to prepare. Although you don’t have to have absolutely everything figured out, take the time to sit down and sketch out a plan of how you will deal with that one reliable monthly visitor if your way of life suddenly changes.
After all, there’s not much that we can count on in this unpredictable, crazy life – but your period is one thing you can!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.