This post is for ladies only, so guys, mosey along.
Ladies, are we alone?
Okay, I’ve been dying to discuss a few things with my fellow female travelers. To make things easy, I’ve numbered these burning topics below, starting with what I consider to be most pressing as we quickly approach the one month countdown.
1. Our Monthly Visitor
(now we’ve definitely lost any of the lingering, curious fellas)
When I was in Africa last time I settled for using what was available-pads. Not the most comfortable & certainly not conducive to certain activities but I was living in hot and dry Tamale, Ghana and swimming was not a part of my weekly activities.
This time around, I’m less familiar with many of the places we’ll be going. We don’t have our activities completely mapped out so I want to be prepared for anything, anytime. I’m carrying a 40L backpack this time which doesn’t leave a lot of space for hauling “supplies” around.
(On a side note, had you have seen the amount of luggage I brought to Africa the first time, you would have died laughing and assumed that I had enough room to carry a year’s supply of pads for the whole village. Ahhh….live & learn).
What I have decided upon is the Diva Cup. This took a little getting used to but I read about someone using this in another travel blog and she gave me the courage to give it a try. I’m aware that running water will often be hard to find but I believe a person can overcome this by bringing in a water bottle. Best part is, you only need to change it 2-3 times/day.
Question number one- would you take the Diva Cup on the road for a year or do you have any better suggestions. (feel free to email me if this gets a little personal)
2. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!
I have long hair to the middle of my back and it’s quite thick. I think the positive side of long hair is being able to wear it in a pony tail or braids to keep it back and change things up.
What I’m not sure about is washing all this hair! A 40L bag means a super small shampoo and conditioner that I can hopefully refill along the way. Are there any places you know of that these products are scarce? Or perhaps dry shampoo is the way to go?
Question number two-what do you do about your hair on the road?
3. Wardrobe Malfunctions
I think that all of us can remember several items we’ve taken on overseas trips that ended up being completely ridiculous. The item that comes to mind for me is a light green, wrinkle-free dress shirt that I brought to wear to my job in Africa. The concept was great, it didn’t wrinkle at all but the light coloured, stiff polyester cloth showed every single bead of sweat in bright green. Picture bright green pancakes on your first day of work. Not good!
I’ve gone over tons of packing lists from other female travelers and everyone has great ideas…but a slightly different combination of items.
Question number three- what was the best thing you brought on your trip that you would HIGHLY recommend and what got ditched a week in?
Thanks in advance for your advice my friends!!
PS- I love the camaraderie of female travelers across the world swapping tales from the road. If you want to share great stories all summer long, check out Nomadic Chick’s “Summer Chick Tales”.