I was recently watching a video on prepping for major life events. The topic was top ten bartering items. The usual items were represented like junk silver, ammo, tobacco, alcohol, and food. Then they mentioned feminine supplies, everyone seemed a little awkward and timid. They said you should carry tampons, pads, etc. for bartering because it is a necessary supply item. I left a comment on the video which sparked some other odd comments like “what did they do in the old days?”. Yeah….so in the cave days they would use moss or let it flow, that is not an option in the now my friend. I wanted to write this to clear the air and answer some questions you didn’t know you had.
Many of us are prepping for our whole families which includes lady folk. You should have some plan in mind to handle this monthly situation that will be coming. There may come a time where they will no longer exist or at the least be hard to find. Attempting to carry around an endless supply of tampons is not in your best interest. Also, should
your pack get wet they are useless. This concern includes where and how you store them in general. Even keeping them in the bathroom they can absorb the moisture in the air and over time becoming less effective or more difficult to use. The size of what you’re going to be carrying is going to make a huge difference as well, especially if you end up being on foot. For most women they use about a box of tampons a month. That’s a lot of space that is going to be taken up in your pack especially if you want to carry more than a one-month supply with you.
There are many reusable options out there. Some of them are very hands on and not very palatable others are easy and better than the current methods. They are available pretty much everywhere and some of them last several years and you only need to carry a small packet with you. Something like a menstrual cup is ideal for me personally as I want something that is not going to be absorbent, it’s compact, and it lasts up to ten years if you take care of it. They are made from materials that are not irritating to the skin and easy to take care of. The brand I use is the Lena cup. I have had is for about eight years and it is still in good shape. The issues you will have with it are deterioration of the material from improper care and cleanliness. Another option are reusable tampons or pads. There are many brands of these items for sale, but they require washing out and drying. There are tons of reviews on each item on Amazon so you can make an educated choice.
This is a topic of conversation that you need to bring up with your females in your life. Whether or not you like it, this is a natural part of life and should be included in your prepping plans. For those of you that have a female that helps with the prepping you can have them easily take this task out of your hands. Even if your spouse etc. does not involve themselves in the planning, they will more than likely be happy to take over this portion so they can have a say in what they get.
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