How to use Cloth Pads or a Menstrual Cup in a Public Restroom

Worried¬†about using reusable menstrual products in a public bathroom?¬†Don’t be! We asked our followers on Facebook to share their best advice for changing their cloth pads or using their cup while out and about. Here are our favorite tips:

Changing cloth pads in a public restroom

“I wear cloth pads. I just carry a waterproof bag, fold the pad, and wash it when I get home. And I bring extras, of course.” -Julie

“I don’t use the cup but I have no issue with the pads. In fact, because they’re cloth, I love how much more discreet they are than the disposables that are very loud when removing all of the packaging! I always carry my lined dual zipper pouch; one side for clean pads, one side for used. Super easy!!” -Jamie

“I use cloth pads and usually just pop a clean one in my pocket, then switch it out for the used one. When I get back to my bag, I pop it in a cloth, paper, or reused plastic bag for safekeeping. If I don’t have pockets, I can usually tuck clean ones under my bra strap, and dirty or clean ones in the waistband of my skirt or leggings.” -Laura

“If you forget to take a wet bag in with you fold either end of dirty pad into the centre locking the blood in then snap around your undies by your hip with snaps on outside and pad towards the body. You can then discreetly remove and slip into your wet bag etc once out of the bathroom.” -Mjia

Using a menstrual cup in a public restroom

“Wash your hands BEFORE you go into the stall!” -Carrie

“Water. Bottle. Say it with me! I fill my water bottle and take it in the stall with me, which works great for menstrual sea sponges as well.” -Rebekah

“Extra cup, water bottle and eco wet wipes! The little pouch with pads is super cute and can look like a makeup bag too.” -Destiny

“For cup, grab a damp paper towel to bring with you into the stall. Much better than TP for wiping hands after changing out the cup.: -Mariana

“I carry an extra cup inside a sippy cup (so it isn’t crushed) in my purse. I just remove the cup, wipe it out, and put in the second cup.” -Amy

Share your tips in the comments!