© Ella Wayfarer
Dear Ella Wayfarer reports about her experience on the road with separation toilet during menstruation. Thanks to the bio-toilet, her period on holiday was more pleasant and easier than expected. See for yourselves:
I used to find getting my period on holiday totally annoying.
The feel-good factor is not so high in public toilets. And it's always a bit inconvenient to find a place in the woods and then return clean.
Those of you who have already tried it know what I'm talking about.
When I'm on the road with a composting toilet, I have my safe space where I can take care of myself and my menstruation without stress.
So here's my absolute update on any van without a toilet!
Menstrual product meets organic loo – instructions
Now let's get down to business.
So what exactly is it like on the road with a composting toilet during menstruation?
On the road with a menstrual cup
The menstrual cup is super practical to use on the go with a composting toilet.
You have two options for emptying it in the bio-toilet:
Put it in the urine canister:
You can empty it into the urine canister when you go to the toilet, which will then turn a slightly redder colour, but can be disposed of in the same way as usual.
It is best to have some table vinegar, toilet paper and a splash of beeta cleaner with you to remove the traces on the urine diverter.
Off to the solids container:
Or you can empty it into the solids container of the bio-toilet and add some litter.
In both cases, no negative odour develops.
You can even use your compostable waste bag for composting.
(By the way, did you know that this makes the soil totally rich in nutrients? Blood contains many trace elements, nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, which are great for fertilising plants).
On the road with tampons, pads & co.
Washable menstrual products hardly come into contact with your Kildwick organic loo, as they go straight from your hand into a wetbag or similar.
So, assuming we're talking about disposable products, you can use them in almost the same way as you would in any conventional toilet.
Again, you have two options for disposal:
- Into the solid tank: You can throw your used products directly into the rear bin of your bio-toilet. You should only not do this if you plan to compost this part ;)
- In the garbage: You can also dispose of your sanitary napkin or tampon in a separate bin - just like the bathroom waste at home.
In both cases, of course, you may leave some traces in the urine diverter, which you can clean up with a little water and toilet paper.
Regardless of whether you use the composting toilet during menstruation or not, it will always appreciate a little beeta cleaner and a rinse of (table) vinegar.
Read more about cleaning and caring for your toilet here.
And now for the most important point of this article...
My personal experience with periods on holiday
© Ella Wayfarer
Before our trip, I packed two variants of hygiene products for my period on holiday: menstrual cup and tampons.
This way I had a choice if one of them seemed too inconvenient.
I tested both.
The menstrual cup is the more sustainable option for me.
But it was also the one where I had a little more "work" to keep our MicroLoo clean, because I always cleaned the urine diverter.
Still, I wouldn't call it a lot of work ;)
I recommend having an extended water hose with you for using the composting toilet during menstruation. Or a portable camping shower with water pressure.
Flush it once and the bio-toilet is clean. Theoretically, you can also use the composting toilet directly as a bidet (wow!).
With tampons, I decided to dispose of them separately because we didn't have much litter with us and usually emptied the solid waste container quickly after use. Again, I cleaned the urine diverter from time to time.
So the alternative hygiene products didn't make much difference to me during my period on holiday. And so, when I'm on the road with a composting toilet, I can easily opt for the more sustainable option. Without compromising.
© Ella Wayfarer
My conclusion on the composting toilet during menstruation
Yes, before it was somehow also possible without a toilet.
But on the road with a composting toilet, my period on holiday is so much more comfortable. And it's so easy to use compared to travelling without a bio-toilet!
I can slide it right under my sofa/bed in the bus and take it out whenever I want, close the curtains and create my quiet place.
This makes the MicroLoo the best purchase of the year for me!
And we say thank you, dear Ella, for letting us share your experience....
... Because there's no need to worry about using a separation toilet during menstruation!
If you want to know more about Ella and her vanlife adventures, check out her blog (unfortunately, it's in German only).