5 Best Ways to Care for Your Personal Hygiene When You’re on the Road

5 Best Ways to Care for Your Personal Hygiene When You’re on the Road

Posted by Krista Eickmann on 5th Dec 2023

Traveling can be the high point of a lifetime — or it can be a regular occurrence for your job. Either way, you’ve got to take care of yourself, and personal hygiene is at the top of the list.

Hygiene, like safety, directly impacts your body. It’s about well-being! That’s why we’ve dedicated our work to the pStyle, a simple, accessible tool for something you do every day.

Here are five great ways to take care of yourself on the road.

Wash Your Hands

Handwashing is the simplest and most effective thing you can do to take care of your body when you’re on the road. If you’ve got a personal hygiene checklist for your trip, make handwashing the first item.

Germs can spread person-to-person and surface-to-person if you touch your unwashed hands to your eyes, nose, and mouth or prepare food.

Learn the WHO handwashing technique, which takes about a minute and thoroughly cleans the hands. (Remember to wash your hands after using your pStyle!)

The pStyle

Traveling takes you far from home and out of your day-to-day routine. Your body needs to function daily, just like it would at home. The personal hygiene products you bring traveling should make caring for your body easier.

The pStyle makes it possible to pee while standing up without removing your clothes — a game-changer when traveling. You might have to pee ASAP — but there’s no rest stop. Toilets are not always available when or where you need them.

If you do find a toilet, it might be unpleasant or too low for someone with mobility issues. If you’re camping, you might not want to drop your pants.

Carrying a stand-to-pee device gives you choices. You don’t have to sit on a filthy toilet, and you might be able to reasonably and legally pee in public on the side of the road.

If you’re traveling internationally, you might find yourself in places where toilets differ from the toilets you’re used to at home. The pStyle gives you choices.

Menstrual Cups

You can’t always plan a trip around your cycle. A menstrual cup is a small silicone cup that you insert into your vagina to catch your flow.

A menstrual cup and pStyle are essential for your traveling personal hygiene kit! You’ll save space in your luggage if you’re not packing bulky pads or tampons. They’re convenient, affordable, and safe.

Menstrual cups are eco-friendly, too. Your travels might take you to places where throwing away used pads or tampons is impossible. There’s no waste with a menstrual cup.

It’s a plus for your hygiene, too. Unclean underwear contributes to both UTIs and bacterial vaginosis, so keeping your underwear clean and dry helps you maintain better overall hygiene.

Personal hygiene items like the pStyle, menstrual cups, and reusable cloth pads are equally good for hikers and backpackers out in the backcountry. Reusable gear is excellent for pack-in-pack-out situations: it lightens the load on your back and mind.

Clean Underwear Is Good Hygiene

Vaginal health is vital when you’re traveling. And what’s more important than the clothing that comes in direct contact with your genital area all day?

First and foremost, choose cotton underwear, not synthetics like polyester or nylon, which trap heat and moisture. People sometimes wonder, “What is a step in practicing correct personal hygiene?” Cotton underwear is a good place to start.

Allowing your genital area to breathe - that is, allowing for proper airflow and moisture exchange - helps your body to maintain both pH and an equilibrium of healthy bacteria. When you’re on the road, this supports your health and comfort.

Damp underwear can contribute to urinary tract infections. Using a pStyle instead of squatting and drip drying can help you maintain dry, clean underwear, lessening the chance of infections.

STP devices like the pStyle make it easier to pee as you travel; they also support vaginal health, a healthy urinary system, and good general hygiene.

Stay extra dry with reusable antimicrobial pee cloths. They’re easy to travel with and can help extend your underwear's life, too.

Face Masks

Traveling anywhere means you’re sharing air with strangers. Respiratory viruses include the common cold, influenza, RSV, COVID-19, and tuberculosis. Respiratory particles spread all of these.

With respiratory diseases, a lack of personal hygiene causes anything from a nuisance (like the common cold) to severe illness or death (as with tuberculosis or, potentially, COVID-19). Proper hand washing prevents surface droplets from moving to the eyes, nose, or mouth — but to protect against respiratory particles, you’ll need a face mask.

Research suggests that KN95 and N95 respirator masks are significantly more effective than other types of face masks at preventing particles from entering the body.

Using an STP device can support respiratory health, too. If you don’t want to enter the crowded bathrooms at a travel plaza, for example, you can pee outside in the fresh air with a pStyle. (See our guidelines for peeing in public discreetly and legally!)

Bon Voyage!

The best trips are the ones that give you great memories. Putting a little thought into caring for your body means you can enjoy your time away from home.

It’s easy to wash your hands, wear a face mask, and use cotton underwear. Keeping simple gear like a pStyle and a menstrual cup in your to-go bag is a great way to support your personal hygiene when you’re on the road.

Do you want to know more about the pStyle? Check out our website, where you can find pStyles in many colors and the fashionable pCase to carry it in.

We love answering questions. Head to our contact page to let us know what’s on your mind. And send us stories of how you used your pStyle on your travels!