Let's Talk About it: Hiking with your Period

I totally get it, hiking with your period may feel daunting, filled with concerns about comfort, cleanliness, and managing symptoms in a setting far removed from modern conveniences. The fear of potential leaks, limited access to restrooms, and the challenge of carrying your used products can cause some anxious feelings. 

This apprehension is completely understandable, as it touches on deeply personal aspects of our lives that can feel awkward to discuss, especially in a group setting. When I was younger, I would do everything in my power to conceal my menstrual products. During the entire hike, I was terrified a tampon was going to fly out of my pack and land in front of one of the boys.

However, I have learned that if this fear of hiking with my period dominates my experience, it can prevent me from enjoying the natural world and embracing the physical and mental benefits that hiking offers.

7 Tips to Leave No Trace While Embracing Nature's Rhythm

Going on a hiking adventure brings us closer to nature, allowing us to immerse ourselves in its beauty and serenity. However, for individuals who menstruate, hiking with your period can present unique challenges. Luckily, armed with knowledge and a bit of planning, you can feel confident managing your hygiene needs while on the trails. By preparing adequately and adopting effective strategies, you can ensure that your period doesn't hinder your enjoyment of the outdoors. With the right approach, you can embrace the experience fully, knowing you're equipped to handle any situation that arises.

How to hike with your period

Let's Talk About it: Hiking with Your Period Shouldn't be Scary

Let's Dive into the Tips on Hiking with Your Period

  1. Plan Ahead:

Yep, you get your period right before your backpacking trip. This is fine, no stress. It just means a little more planning. Effective planning makes hiking with your period much easier. 

Before you hit the trail, take some time to plan and prepare. Familiarize yourself with the route, noting the availability of amenities such as restrooms or waste disposal facilities. If these amenities are limited or non-existent, you'll need to rely on alternative methods.

  1. Choose Sustainable Products:

Opt for eco-friendly menstrual products to minimize your impact on the environment. Menstrual cups, reusable cloth pads, or period-proof underwear are excellent choices that can be washed and reused, reducing waste generation. Alternatively, if you prefer disposable products, look for organic, biodegradable options that break down naturally.

  1. Pack Appropriately:

Ensure you pack everything you need to manage your period hygienically. Items such as extra menstrual products, wet wipes, toilet paper, and sealable bags for waste disposal are essential. Remember to bring small, lightweight, and waterproof bags to carry used products until you can dispose of them properly like YourYuckies.

woman taking a bio break in the woods on hiking trip

Plant-based, biodegradable ziplock that breaks down faster than a plastic bag

Organize your clean and dirty hygiene supplies with our all-in-one design

A secure zipper section for your dirties

  1. Proper Waste Disposal:

When hiking, it's crucial to follow the principles of Leave No Trace. Always dispose of used menstrual products, wipes, and toilet paper properly, ensuring they are well-sealed in odor-proof bags. Do not bury them. Carry them with you until you can reach a suitable waste disposal facility, such as a designated restroom or trash bin.

For more information about proper waste disposal, click here.

  1. Practice Good Hygiene:

Maintaining good hygiene is essential for your well-being and the environment. If you feel good, you hike well! If water sources are available, use a small amount of biodegradable soap and a small towel or bandana to clean yourself. Ensure you are at least 200 feet (about 70 steps) away from water sources to prevent contamination.

Remember to sanitize your hands before and after handling menstrual products, using hand sanitizer if water is scarce. By adhering to these practices, you contribute to maintaining the pristine beauty of natural areas and ensure a healthier experience for everyone.

  1. Respect Wildlife: 

Keep in mind that some wildlife may be attracted to the scent of menstrual products and waste. Choose unscented products since perfume can attract wildlife. To avoid attracting animals to your campsite, store used products securely in a bear-proof container and away from your sleeping area. This helps maintain a safe distance between humans and wildlife, promoting the natural balance of the ecosystem.

  1. Educate and Empower:

As outdoor enthusiasts, we have an opportunity to educate others about hiking with periods and the importance of responsible waste management. Encourage fellow hikers to adopt eco-friendly practices, such as using reusable products or packing out their waste. By sharing knowledge and empowering others, we can build a more sustainable and inclusive hiking culture. Having your period should not be a barrier to the outdoors.

When experienced hikers share their personal strategies and experiences, it not only educates but also inspires others to embrace outdoor activities without fear. By collectively promoting an environment of understanding and support, we ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of nature, regardless of their menstrual cycle.

Menstrual Health isn’t Yucky, but Leaving your Waste on the Trails is!


By openly discussing the challenges of hiking with your period or during any outdoor activity, we can begin to dismantle the stigma that surrounds menstruation. Sharing tips, such as using menstrual cups or absorbent underwear, and encouraging supportive conversations within hiking groups can make a significant difference. When we bring these topics into the open, we create a more inclusive and understanding environment. 

This not only helps individuals feel more confident and prepared but also fosters a culture where menstruation is normalized rather than stigmatized. By refusing to stay silent, we empower ourselves and others to take on adventures without the burden of shame or fear. Hiking with your period doesn't need to be daunting or environmentally harmful. By planning ahead, choosing sustainable products, practicing good hygiene, and disposing of waste responsibly, you can leave no trace and enjoy a worry-free hiking experience. Let's embrace nature's rhythm, honor our bodies, and preserve the pristine beauty of the outdoors for generations to come.

Happy hiking!

Dani and Becca

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