How to go camping, hiking or to a festival while on your period
Jen Bell

A trick taught to me on one of my first long (7 day) geology field trips is to put an herbal tea bag into a ziploc baggie for your period trash — tampons, wipes, anything that ends up with blood on it. The herbal tea bag absorbs any smell that might develop after 5 days of waste collects. I’ve tried it often since then and it works great! The bag basically just smells like whatever kind of tea you picked. I use raspberry because I like the scent.

Smell of any kind is still a concern if you’re in bear country, so you still have to come up with a workable system to get any trash out of your tent and pack overnight (like hanging in a tree, etc), but at least it keeps most odors under control.

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