This is a post about feminine care when travelling… just saying in case any of my readers would prefer not to read about that kind of thing!
When I go on holiday on my motorbike I use this incredibly useful BarBagEvo handlebar bag by Wunderlich. It was a birthday present from LincsGeek (via Nippy Normans if you’re interested) a number of years ago and fits perfectly on my F650GS. It means I can keep a few bits and pieces easily to hand (I don’t use a tank bag as I find them cumbersome and like they get in the way of my small frame, and I don’t want lots of things in my pockets).
On a recent trip to Scotland I was able to stuff quite a few things in my little bag. My wallet is the most obvious thing, but also sun cream (heatwave – woohoo!), lip salve, spare earplugs (no-one wants a headache from all that wind noise), tissues, my waterproof point and shoot camera (because it is bound to rain at some point), a pen and little moleskine notebook, a teeny tube of hand cream, some paracetamol, some fisherman’s friends (blackcurrant flavour, I can’t seem to buy the mint ones anywhere), and a folded up bit of paper with our route for the day in case I get lost and need a bit of guidance.
I mean… I am a female biker after all, I do need to have these things! Honest!
I also packed this handy little packet of femfresh wipes. For those of you who haven’t heard of femfresh, it is a company specialising in washing products for our intimate areas.
Getting sweaty down there is a problem that us lady bikers can indeed face. Okay so I admit that biking in the UK usually involves donning thermal layers underneath waterproof textile protective motorcycle outerwear, but even on a cold day when you’re sat on a bike all day your lady bits can get hot and uncomfortable. It’s not painful, but you might get a bit itchy. And if you’re touring; perhaps riding several hundred miles over four or five days you really don’t want any kind of itch – certainly not one that can take your focus off the road ahead.
It’s not that I can’t shower when I’m touring on my motorbike, that’s generally not a problem as we have (so far) always stayed in hotels, motels and bunkhouses with decent facilities. But when you’re in the saddle all day it’s not unusual to feel like a bit of a freshen up en-route somewhere, especially on a long day. These wipes, that are flushable and biodegradable (note I always put them in the sanitary bin anyway, just in case), give me that opportunity.
I don’t know about other female bikers, but I found these wipes were a good addition to my handlebar bag this time around, and I’ll be packing some again next time. It’s good to allow ourselves a bit of pampering, even if we are mid-macho-motorcycling-adventure.
How do you keep yourself feeling a little bit pampered when travelling or touring? What do you keep in your handbag? Any tips for fellow bikers?