Advice for women climbing Mt Kilimanjaro
Ladies, let's talk hygiene on Kilimanjaro. Things like where you go to the loo, how to stay clean, and what you do if you get your period. Because forewarned is forearmed!
Where do I go to the toilet during the climb? How can I keep clean during the climb? How do I manage my period on the climb?
Where do I go to the toilet during the climb?
peeing while hiking pooping while hiking the toilet tent at camp
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
A pee bottle
Pooping while hiking
Biodegradable disposable bags for toilet paper
Note that you're likely to fart quite a lot on summit day. But don't worry, everyone else is doing it too! It's a side effect of high altitude.
The toilet tent in camp
We highly recommend going to the toilet just before getting into your sleeping bag for the night!
Peeing at night
How can I keep clean during the climb?
'bathing' nails hair
Prepare yourself for the fact that you – along with everyone else – will have to drop your hygiene standards a little during the trek, as showers simply aren't possible.
We suggest you pack a small brush or comb as well as a small bottle of dry shampoo or baby powder.
How do I manage my period on the climb?
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.
Q&As with past hiker Micaela
1. Were you expecting to start your period during your climb?
2. What provisions did you pack (even if for just in case)?
tampons panty liners small, disposable rubbish bags feminine wipes
Luüna pads , as I was worried about the hygiene around tampons and my menstrual cup, so I opted for pads. Baby powder to keep my underwear dry and fresh during the long days of hiking and no baths. Feminine hygiene wipes for cleansing and refreshing. A biodegradable plastic bag that was designated for collecting and holding the waste when needing to change while climbing. I wasn't supposed to get my period, but it happened, and I'm so glad I prepared for it!
3. How did you manage with your litter?
4. How did you manage any period pains?
There was something about getting my period while climbing the world's tallest freestanding mountain that made me feel like such a warrior!
5. Overall, how did being on your period affect your experience on Kilimanjaro?
6. What advice would you give to other women about dealing with their periods on the mountain?