trula_r (trula_r) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Cups and Backpacking

Hi everyone!

I've posted a few times on various issues, and I'm happy to say that I've finally got a cup that is pretty good. The large fleurcup isn't my goldilocks cup, but its pretty darn close. But anyway, this isn't about choosing cups.

I'm 14, and every year I go to a two week backpacking summer camp. My periods are completely unpredictable, so I have no idea if I'll have my period while I'm there.

First off, while I'm backpacking, the general rule of thumb is to dig a 6" hole for poop, and no hole for pee. So what about blood? It seems fairly inconvenient and very conspicuous to be getting a shovel from my counselor twice a day, just for cup empties. Is it ethical to just find a bush(obviously far away from any water) and pour the blood at its roots? Nobody would see it, and it would nurture the plant. It would also be much quicker and easier than digging a hole for every empty. Let me know your opinion.

Also, when I'm in base camp, we have outside individual toilets enclosed in a tiny shack. There is no plumbing, so each toilet is basically a seat on top of a HUGE pit at least 15 feet deep. By now you can probably guess my question. How do I keep from dropping my cup? I'm generally very good about it, but I have dropped it in the toilet once. At home, it's not a big deal, but if I drop it at camp, I can't get it back. Is there anything that I can do to be extra careful? Also, the water spigots are outside of the bathroom, so for how long is it safe to simply wipe out my cup with toilet paper?

If you could help me out with one or both of my questions, I would be very grateful. This community has been amazingly helpful in learning to use cups. Thanks you guys!!!!

Tags: age, camping & backpacking, cleaning
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