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I have a fantastic opportunity to take an indefinite trip traveling through Central and South America in just a few weeks. I'm really excited about it! I also really love my large Fleurcup and plan to take it with me. What I'm concerned about, however, is changing and rinsing it (and keeping my hands clean while doing so) in areas where the water is not safe to drink (which will likely be most places I am staying). It seems to me that this would pose a threat of infection, would it not? I'm guessing I will have to utilize my bottled drinking water for cleaning my cup, but I'd prefer to reserve that for drinking if possible, because I just know I'll waste a ton of it before I get a system down. Does anyone have any tips or tricks they could share with me for cup use in third-world countries?
Beanihatepickles on March 26th, 2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience! I have purchased a water filter for drinking (Sawyer Mini), and I think I may just get practiced at squirting my cup clean with that, or simply reinsert while it's still a bit bloody. Ideally, I won't wipe it with toilet paper, because I don't like the idea of getting bits of bleached fiber into me (a big reason I switched to cups in the first place).

I do anticipate getting sick a lot, which will suck.. :/ I tend to have a pretty tough stomach, but it is inevitable I'm sure. I'll try to wash my hands and fruits/veggies with filtered water, but that won't always be an option. Hand sanitizer is probably a good idea, too, despite my aversion to chemicals. I'll consider that, especially for cup removal/insertion purposes.

Do you think I'd be better off bringing iodine or TTO if I can't boil my cup and want to sanitize it at the end of my period?