This list will be ever expanding and growing, as we travel and explore!
Oh travel. How I deeply enjoy thee! How you make my heart race with your adventures, unexpected joys, and unplanned curve balls. You keep me guessing and walking and eating and talking. In places unknown until that moment my feet hit the pavement, eager to feel the flow of a place. The energy that moves it. To meet the people that give it rhythm. Make it move. To place my hands on the ground. The earth. Resting into being held, in that moment. That place in time. Holding on, letting it slip, flowing to the next. To all the people and places I have not met yet, we're heading your way, with this ever growing barrel of knowledge that has worked for us. And with which I want to share with you, in hopes it aids in your journey of finding your joy throughout this wild and magical land..
Thinx: www.shethinx.com/lindsey for $10 off you order!
Underwear for people who have periods! I first heard about Thinx through a friend, when they first launched in 2013.
During my cycle, especially the first day, I feel bloated. I want to wear loose clothing. Cuddle up with a bag filled with rice, heated. Drink tea. Use cbd oil.
Along with this, tampons were becoming less and less appealing. Especially as I was thinking about my impact on the earth. How much I was using and producing and trashing. Could I do better, with at least one aspect of my output?
Thinx are reusable, cycle proof underwear. And reusable for a long time! I still have my first pair, from 2013. Yes, I do keep items much longer than most people do (Tevas from 8th grade, cheers to you), but they still hold blood so I’m using them.
Washing Thinx is simple and basic. Soak them in water in the sink. Rinse them lightly with soap. Hang them to dry in the shower. Re-use. Once my cycle is complete, I place all used pairs in a garment wash bag, wash on cold, hang to dry. Washing at home or in an Airbnb or hotel. For travel, I carry them in a small zipper bag, marketed for pencils. During the day of wear, I will simply wipe the inside of Thinx to remove any discharge that does not soak into the underwear. Simple. Easy. More green.
Thinx and travel. Travel for work. Travel for pleasure. I have found it calmer for my body to put on a pair of Thinx in the morning, adventure or work all day, and change when needed. No need to dispose of anything.
I deeply enjoy being a woman. A woman who holds power and life force within her body. I want to feel. I want to connect with what makes me a woman. I feel this connection with my body, even more so, when I bleed freely. Rather than plugging up and hiding this force away, to be disposed of, as if in shame. I am woman. I will bleed.
The mission of Thinx is to make access to menstrual products more accessible to all. To talk openly about menstruation! To spread equality. To bleed freely.
Thinx has created three focus areas for products:
Thinx: for menstruating women.
Thinx (btwn): for teens and young woman.
Speax: for woman who need support for bladder leaks.
In 2019, I was honored to be brought onboard as a Thinx Leader, to help spread the word of menstrual equality. Access for all.
Via www.shethinx.com/lindsey you can save $10 off your order. To start, you can order a cycle set, with various flow holding capabilities, to fit your flow.
My preferred pairs:
Hi-Waist: Holds two tampons worth of blood. I like these since I wear hi-waisted pants. They offer me coverage, along with coverage in the mid-section. I feel sleek and sexy in these, something I often do not feel during my cycle. I look forward to trying the Super Hi-Waist pairs that hold up to 4 tampons.
Super Hip-hugger: Holds up to 4 tampons worth! I find these are the perfect pairs for the first day of bleeding.
Super Cotton Brief: Holds up to 4 tampons. These feel most like my regular, non-cycle underwear. Lower cut. I use these when wearing leggings or doing yoga.
Please let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, concerns, irritations, are needing of encouragement, a place to be calm, or a place to yell about life.
I hope if you try Thinx, that they fit your cycle as well as they have fit mine! Please reach out with any questions/concerns/irritations/joys!
RadPak: www.mountngo.com Promo code for 15% off: BathkeL15
Over December and January, Nik and I spent 36 days in Europe. Within this pack, I fit everything I wanted to bring along with me. Clothes. Treasures. Toiletries. Books. Water bottles. Shoes. Thinx. Back roller ball. Gloves. Scarf.
I felt light and able to bounce between buses and ferries. Cars and flights.
What I like most about this pack is that it opens like a suitcase. Nothing gets lost or smashed at the bottom. And everything is zipped into place.
Waterproof zippers and nylon wicking fabric prevent water from entering the pack
Waterproof rain fly stored in a zipper compartment at the base of the bag
Three interior zipper compartments
Velcro dividers to make the inside customizable to your needs
Hip strap to take the pack weight off your shoulders
Chest strap with whistle
Two external water bottle holders
USB connection for hooking up to an external battery supply
External double strap, perfect for shoes, yoga mats, jackets, skateboards...
Live in Nashville? Come on over and give it a test run!
Maps.me: Free app
I first heard about this app when traveling in Laos in 2018. I was wandering the streets of Luang Prabang, trying to find a textile store, when I asked a couple if they had seen it on their wander. They had not, but the man of the couple said he had been using Maps.me to keep track of their route as they roamed around, without wifi or cell phone service. I was intrigued!
Now when traveling, before arriving and still having access to wifi, we type the name of the city into the search field. The map moves to the typed location, asking if we'd like to download the map of the area. Yes! You now have access to the map, even without wifi or cell service.
We have found it most helpful to place a pin where our Airbnb is located. Then map to an area of town where we want to walk. You can then reverse the route to get you back home. It has a blue arrow that follows you along your route, so you can route from wherever you are. It will alter the path if you wander off coarse due to unexpected adventuring.
Not all restaurants or sites can be found when searching by name. Often times, we have to put in a physical address to find the location.
Maps.me, when walking, has led us down some interesting paths. Down dirt roads lined with storage units, winding through parks, and through neighborhoods we were advised later to skip. But in generally, it has led us on beautiful courses past areas we would not have otherwise seen.
Overall, using Maps.me has ripped and made adventure finding just a bit easier.
This list will be ever growing and expanding, as we continue to explore and share and live! Please let me know if you have any questions or have a Travel Tidbit you would like to share with us! Carry on nerds! xx, Lindsey