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10 February 2013 @ 09:08 pm
Hello everyone, not sure if this subject has come up before but I didn't see it in the FAQs.  I am traveling to Cambodia and Vietnam soon for about 3 weeks, and I'll need my Diva Cup while I'm there.  The issue is with the water quality - it's not always potable and I'm concerned about rinsing and cleaning the cup.  I don't know if I'll have access to boiling water either - haven't booked any hostels/hotels yet.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Should I just resort to tampons/pads for the week? I'd rather not skip or move my period, so I'd really like to know.  Thank you.
 
Sarcasticia Nitpickersontisiphone on February 10th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
You should have access to bottled water, which I would suggest using to wash your cup - just rinse it out. You could also bring a small amount of peroxide with you if you really feel that you need to sterilize your cup. That said, plenty of people don't even rinse their cup during their periods, they just wipe it out if needed and re-insert.
teacupcake89 on February 10th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
agreeing with the other comments :)

Lunette sell disinfecting wipes for cups that are individually wrapped so if you were in a situation where you could only wipe the cup and wanted to give it a better clean you could use one and then reinsert the cup. they're also small enough to fit into a pocket.
Анастасияstasya_s on February 10th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC)
I've been using my cup during holidays in Vietnam, and rinsed it with tap water in the hotel - had no problems.
They also have a kind of intimate shower next to the toilet sink as usual, even in public restrooms, and I found it very convinient.
Have a nice journey, Vietnam and Cambodia are both very beautiful!
lizsterineglizsterineg on February 10th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
You will always have access to bottled water in such countries, especially if you're in tourist areas. (remote living maybe at be an exception) They cater for western travellers and sell bottled water in a lot of places....being my experience.

I travelled recently to Vietnam and in South and Central America a little while ago, all with my little cup and I got used to using bottled water to rinse. I wrote a little "how to" while I was travelling after I had my method down, if you're interested: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2343262.html

That being said, like other commenters mentioned, you don't have to rinse, it just my personal preference.

Which locations are you going to? In South America I travelled long term and to some remote locations and always had bottled water available to me.

Edited at 2013-02-10 10:55 pm (UTC)
Your name is a required field.ash_revolts on February 11th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Hi lizsterineg, thanks for the reply. I know I'll have access to bottled water but wasn't sure how well I could wash my cup with it, or how much to use. Your guide will help I'm sure!

I'm going to Siem Reap in Cambodia, then Hanoi in N. Vietnam and working my south to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) over the course of 2 weeks. Sapa, in the north, is probably the most remote I will be, but it's becoming more touristy... ah well. I can't wait!
lizsterineglizsterineg on February 11th, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)
You'll have no worries getting bottled water then ;)

Sounds awesome, have fun!!
thelittleredfoxthelittleredfox on February 19th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
I use sterilizing tabs for baby bottles to sterilize my cup. It only takes 5 minutes, and would be easy enough to do when travelling if you had a vessel to put the cup in.

Steri tabs really work, and they are very fast. I've been using cups for over 10 years, and always use this method. It does not damage to the cups and is far easier than boiling.