The toilet situation Keeping clean Menstruation
Understand the toilet situation
There are many toilets on the trail
Peeing while hiking
Consider bringing a Shewee or similar female urinating device so that you can pee at any time without needing to find something to hide behind!
A pee cloth
Pooping while hiking
Peeing at night
Have a cleanliness strategy
cleaning your hands 'bathing' nails hair
Cleaning your hands
We encourage you to look for biodegradable options for all of the hygiene products mentioned in this blog post.
You – and everyone else – will have to drop your hygiene standards a bit close to base camp, as there are no showers that high up.
Cleansing facial wipes. A quick-drying, small microfibre towel for drying off after any splashing. Cleaning wet wipes for 'bathing'. Deodorant wipes or a spray deodorant (roll-on might not feel nice to use after only a wet-wipe wash).
Plait longer hair during the day to limit the amount of dust that can settle on it. Give your hair a vigorous brushing at night to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. Cover your hair with a sunhat, bandana or cap on warmer days, and a beanie or balaclava on colder days. Put a little baby powder or dry shampoo on the roots to keep the oiliness under control.
Be prepared for an unexpected period
stop before usual start before usual be irregular be longer than the norm
High altitude can change your period in various ways, so every lady with a period should be prepared mentally and practically to deal with it during the trek.
How to manage your period on the trek
Tampons or sanitary pads. Feminine (intimate) hygiene wet wipes. Small disposable bags for transporting waste on the trail. Hot water bottle. Painkillers, if needed .
Be sure to always carry these items in your backpack and not your duffel bag, as the latter goes with a porter and you won't see it till the next teahouse.