This is a topic that is often put on the back burner but would quickly become a top priority in long term survival. For all women and men with
daughters who are planning survival kits, BOBs, and long term self sustainability this needs to be considered. How do we care for ourselves or our
daughters during menstrual cycles?
Stores are our current chief source of products but they might not always be there. What alternatives do we have? Surprisingly there is little
information available so I've gathered up the best of what I could find.
In a survival situation sanitary pads and tampons will actually best be used for wound packing so we need different ways to ensure our sanitary
cleanliness. First there are homemade (washable and reusable pads). Here is a video that shows how to make them.
Here are two videos that talk about making soap for washing, shampooing and cleaning of feminine products.
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An alternative to the homemade sanitary pad is the menstrual cup. It is washable, reuseable, hypoallergenic and dependable.
Wikipedia's article: Wikipedia article on sanitary cup This seems like such a smart way to go,
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I could find darn little with regards to preventing wildlife predators from tracking a woman with her monthly cycle, so I'll just give my opinion.
Cleanliness is of the utmost importance and disposal of modern sanitary items should always be done by fire. Do not bury them, carelessly discard them
or "bag" them for later disposal. They should be burnt immediately. Washable pads should be washed as soon as humanly possible and the water
disposed of some distance from camp. They should also be boiled for both sanitary reasons and to kill any lingering odors.
Do your best to remain close to camp during this time. Traveling too far from camp may invite scenting predators to follow you "home". You'll need
more water than usual at this time due to the need for cleanliness for personal reasons and to prevent the scent from reaching wildlife.
IMO the menstrual cup would be the most ideal. Two changes a day sure beat multiple changes a day, they are easily washed and sanitized even in the
wild and they last according to the manufacturers about ten years. I'm not sure I'd want to use one that long but its good to know they can be if
Regarding disposal of feminine products: Some of the old time hunters in my area tell me that to lure animals in for hunting they've actually used
.... well....... used sanitary products. They place them in a clearing and sit back and wait. I've been told this works for deer as well as coyote
and bear. Its not a very pleasant thought but when hunger beats out niceties its worth considering.
Just to address the menstrual cup topic - I've used them during extended backpacking trips and they are awesome. I'm sure no details are really
required here as there are many sites one can go to if interested, an example here, but let me just say that they
are not uncomfortable, they are extremely practical and well worth the investment for anyone who thinks they may be outdoors for any length of
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For those who plan to have a permanent BOL this little item of convenience might be worth it's weight in gold. Regarding the washable feminine items
it would be an awesome addition. In addition, toilet paper would quickly run out and old rags, washcloths, etc could be used, washed, boiled and
Thanks for the good info. I also thought of using birth control pills to put off a cycle. However, for the long term kind of survival situation
that's not very practical. The most I've ever had on hand were about six months worth of pills. I would go with the reusable cup. Seems to be the
It would be a good idea to buy a few in various ... umm... sizes, as spares and as circumstances change. If you have daughters even if they aren't
old enough yet keep a supply of washable pads and one or two cups for when they get older.
For men who are raising daughters alone I'd recommend printing out these instructions for use and care of the cup.
In researching this topic I've found an alternative to tampons for those who prefer their use. Sea sponges. From what I read boiling for ten to
fifteen minutes is absolutely necessary to make these safe for use/reuse.
being a man and having to deal with women race has placed me in positions to be standing there at checkout and buying tampons and pads. It feels no
different than to be standing at the local hometown drugstore trying to buy a pack of condoms or as women have in todays times bought condoms for
Anyway I have used them on surgical wounds dressings and any eruptions with massive fluids, They work great for soaking up any massive liquids,
This a great site for this topic, search.backpackinglight.com...
Lots of articles, forum topics and a few specialized gear items to consider.
I've seen blue packets near pristine lakes so it is an real concern.
I find it mind-boggling that once you have thought of the topic you still don't find it important. When you bleed, you attract wild animals, and when
you attract wild animals, you are screwed. One needs to be as hygienic and clean as possible to minimize the possibility of having a 'scent.' Not to
mention, as a woman, I know I am going to want to keep myself as sanitary as possible so as not to get diseases and bring down my companions. It's as
important as having wrappings for open wounds. I am surprised that you wouldn't find this an important topic.Then again, as a man, you probably
don't think about periods much, but you should if you have women who you will need to watch out for if the SHTF.
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