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Female Travel Product Review: Diva Cup

 I have really been making an effort to widen the content and span of this blog to help you travel as affordably and authentically as possible. This means I will candidly share with you my experiences as a female traveller so you can make the most of your own travels.


With that said, I wanted to share my reviews of the feminine product I tried while living and travelling two years ago in Africa (and actually still use monthly)… The Diva Cup.


Diva is not only environmentally friendly and helped me SAVE money, but it’s so practical for long term and off beat travel.

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Tanzania’s remote Gombe Stream National Park is only accessible by boat- you’d better bet there’s no pharmacy to buy tampons here!


I was interested in trying a menstrual cup due to the obvious benefits of it being reusable. For someone who travels light, this is a huge advantage (to not worry about packing months worth of supplies, or to have to hunt down your preferred product in a foreign country).


Plus, the impact on the environment is extremely beneficial.


But to be honest, at first I was hesitant to try it…I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether it would be practical to maintain it in a context where there may not be clean water or public washrooms. Finally curiosity won.


In my experience, here are the pros and cons:




-Cost friendly (let’s say a box of tampons is $9.99… over one year you would be saving approx $120)

-Environmentally friendly

-Takes up virtually no room in luggage/ purse

-Comfortable once in place

-Customizable (you can order your preferred size – A= pre-birth, B= post-birth)

-No worries about how/where to dispose product during times when a garbage or toilet is not accessible  (i.e. camping, squatter style toilets) because the cup is reusable – simply rise and repeat

-Never have tampon string hang out of bathing suit bottoms again

-Less dehydrating than tampon use

-No risk of toxic shock due to silicone material so you can use for longer periods of time (up to 12 hours)



-Very strong suction ..this means no leakage, but it can be difficult to get out with the shorter stem


Frequently asked:


What do I do if I’m travelling in areas that do not have access to clean water?

I was worried whether this could lead to infection if I rinsed the product with water in Tanzania that could be contaminated. I resorted to either using boiled water or rinsing thoroughly with tap water and soap. I did not have any issues with these strategies (but you can always buy the diva cup cleansing soap if you are concerned).

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The rural island of Ekewere, Tanzania is the perfect example of an isolated place where you will want a cup.


What do I do if I need to use a public restroom?

In public washrooms (i.e. at airport, campsite etc) I simply brought a bottle of water with me into the stall. Rinse the cup in the stall with the bottled water and reuse. An alternative idea is to carry a small package of baby wipes.

Pro tip: Do not rinse in airplane bathroom sink (these are notorious for not draining)!!! Rinse over toilet with a bottle of water or wipe with tissue/baby wipes.

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Campsite tested in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


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The ultimate diva cup test.. fool-proof at 130ft below

Is it okay to swim with?

Yes, in fact I used it while scuba diving 130ft down the blue hole in Belize


Overall Opinion:

I liked the Diva cup enough to continue to use it even during the times I’m not travelling. I recommend for any model that you try, don’t give up – it’s a learning curve that is so worth the effort!



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What are your thoughts?

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Hey Christina! I am so happy to hear you are considering it. To be honest I have never looked back!! It's saved me tons of money and I also love that it's environmentally friendly too :)
August 5, 2017 at 8:14 am
Christina | From Under a Palm Tree said:
I'm currently planning a travel adventure and I didn't even think of doing this. Thank you so much for putting this on my radar! Not to mention it's super environmentally friendly. I'm definitely going to try it.
July 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Rachael said:
I have really been thinking about getting one of these lately! It really is inconvenient to try and find stuff you like when traveling abroad and this would possibly solve that problem for me!
April 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm
Nina said:
I just made the switch to cloth pad, but am still looking for something to go swimming with, so a menstrual cup is on my list of things to try. Thanks for presenting the pros and cons!
April 29, 2017 at 8:21 am
Obligatory Traveler said:
I went the Mirena route and it hasn't worked out as expected. It's probably time to look into the Diva Cup. I'd especially like something that works well for swimming/snorkeling. Seems like there are more pros than cons
April 28, 2017 at 10:42 pm
maegan said:
I've heard great things about these but have yet to try it! Great review and good job diving with it!
April 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm
LC said:
I've used a similar item for the last two years and haven't looked back since... it saves me SO MUCH drama and money!
April 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Bonita said:
This is interesting, i have never tried the Diva Cup but i love the fact that it is comfortable, easy to use and more importantly it is environmentally friendly.
April 28, 2017 at 2:32 am
Thanks for this info. My pal and I were wondering how it works, how messy it can be, and what if you have very heavy flow, leakages etc especially during long trips. What's your opinion on this?
April 28, 2017 at 12:47 am
Samantha said:
Thanks for sharing this. It sounds so cost effective. I've been caught out a few times while travelling when I have not had the money for sanity products. This would be an investment for sure. Hm, perhaps it is time for me to seriously consider this as an option.
April 27, 2017 at 9:34 pm
Kim | said:
Thanks for the information and feedback! A friend was talking about these, I'll have to try it someday!
April 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm
Megan at Lush to Blush said:
I've heard awesome things about these! I'm glad you had such great success. I may need to try one eventually.
April 27, 2017 at 12:32 pm
Danielle said:
These things are an interesting concept, however I'm just not sure I could use one. Your review is very thorough and helpful though! Thanks for sharing.
April 27, 2017 at 5:50 am
Melai said:
It sounds really convenient to use and I've read a lot of good reviews about it. I'm still skeptical to try it though. Glad it worked out for you.
April 27, 2017 at 12:27 am
Paroma Chakravarty said:
Have never tried one, but seems worth trying for sure. Will help mitigate the cost raked up by using sanitary napkins.
April 27, 2017 at 12:21 am
Lauren said:
I've tried a menstrual cup and it just wasn't for me. Plus, combined with my IUD I was always terrified about somehow suctioning out my birth control. I agree that they are tricky to get out too! I'm REALLY glad it works for you though, and I'd kill to be able to use them and save space and money!
April 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm
Megan said:
I love my diva cup! It took me a few years to get up the courage to buy one, but now that I have, I can't imagine traveling without it.
April 26, 2017 at 10:58 pm said:
Hi Cristina, I felt the same way at first! Glad the review was helpful to you :)
December 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Cristina said:
I had seen this a few years ago at a fair and thought it was an interesting concept but didn't get to try it.After your review, I might give it a go. Cristina
December 2, 2016 at 10:20 am