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02 June 2013 @ 06:38 pm
Pretty soon I'll be headed out on a youth group mission trip for a week-and of course, this will be during my second cycle with my cup. I've got insertion/removal down, but mostly did this in a bathtub last cycle (with a few successful tries over a toilet instead). For this trip, *all* bathrooms are stalls with sinks on the other side of the room. The showers are located in a junior high and we have been told to bring swimsuits because they are basically community showers, which means I cannot just wipe it off in the stall and wash it in the shower.
I'm looking at buying a box of the lunette disinfecting wipes, but it does say that it has to completely dry before it can be worn again. My time to change things out will be fairly tight-how long does it take for it to dry off? Does anyone have any words of wisdom that could help me on this adventure?
trejoytrejoy on June 2nd, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
If it were me in that situation, I'd take a water bottle into the stall each time. I rinse my cup regularly, but only 'sanitize' at the beginning/end of cycle.
Stefaninastefanina on June 3rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
Soft side water bottles have become popular lately so they should be easy to find. Fill up at the sink (or drinking water if the water there is nasty) and rinse in the toilet stall.
I keep one of those bottle in my purse when I'm on my cycle so public restroom won't be a problem.
Bountygina_trent on June 3rd, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Not OP but I never thought of the soft sided water bottle thing! Great idea!
Stefaninastefanina on June 4th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
I've found my soft side bottles at the dollar store, so it is a cheap option, too. Forgot to mention that.
ginny587ginny587 on June 3rd, 2013 01:10 am (UTC)
The just rinsing with water thing sounds awesome-lots of money surprises last month, so I was hoping to not have to shell out $10+ for some wipes after shipping.
tjs77tsa on June 3rd, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
I never "sterilize" my cup anymore I don't even use soap I rinse it with water only.
Kelly Holden: RainbowOzkelly_holden on June 3rd, 2013 05:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, so do I, but the OP will be in a position where even rinsing is going to be tricky for a week, which is what she's asking about.

OP, I second the notion of the water bottle. I do just wipe it with toilet paper more often than I should because I can't be bothered getting up and going into the bathroom, but clearly you can't do that all period.
ElianaOpal: self portraitopal581 on June 3rd, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
I camped with my cup for two weeks last summer (didn't bleed for that long, but didn't have a better place to store it). The bathrooms were porta potties, so I just wiped it thoroughly with toilet paper and reinserted. I washed it when I got home.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on June 3rd, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
The water bottle suggestion is a great one. The only other thing I'd suggest is maybe a little pouch of "baby" wipes or flush-able wipes for wiping your hands (if you want) in the stall. Other than that, sounds like a cup is going to be an easier proposition than carrying a supply of tampons/pads, even despite the bathroom "issues" to work out.
ginny587ginny587 on June 3rd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Those wipes are a really good idea. I realized that it'll probably take some time for me to get things changed out, and it won't exactly be possible to clean *that* up with a swimsuit on. I'd also like to not scare the high schoolers by coming out of the stall looking like an ax murderer.
I think I'll wipe it down with tp once/day and rinse it off with water once/day to keep things simple and snag some wipes for other things.
When I was informed of the shower situation (I was banking on having that chance to change things out), I got really frustrated and thought for a moment that tampons would be easier. Then I realized that I'll be doing a lot of physical labor out in the heat with nowhere to keep extras except in my lunchbag, not to mention having to try and keep track of time and run off to change those things out every 3 or so hours...yeah. This is MUCH easier.
siemerchonsiemerchon on June 4th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
me when emergency only,i use wet tissue just for cleaning my hand
cause i dont know whether my Vgg might allergic to the wet tissue and water at public toilet,but surely not to my own fluid(i'm not using word blood,to scary :))
so after take out the fluid,i put in again(i know,gross! but at least its sterile than the wet tissue and the water )
then i use wet tissue cleaning my hand covering with fluid

after i find water that i know its clean,i wash it

eatswithforkeatswithfork on June 4th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Wysi wipes are a possibility. They're dry compressed towelette tablets that you wet with water or whatever solution you'd like and you can wipe your cup out with them and then wipe your hands. Like a dry baby wipe I guess but they have more texture to them. They're about 10" square so there's more than enough there and since they work with just water, you don't need to wait for your cup to dry before reinserting. I'm usually too lazy to use them and just reinsert my cup unrinsed when I'm in a public bathroom and wipe my hands dry with TP as best I can so that's an option too (but my fingers sometimes are a little stained on the way to the sink). I've rambled! So wysi wipes - I got mine at the container store. That's the only brick and mortar store I've seen them in. Have fun on your trip!