Top 9 Road Trip Essentials

Top 9 Road Trip Essentials

Road trips are an absolute summer staple, especially for Divas who want a fun adventure without splurging on an expensive plane ticket. No one says you can’t have an amazing vacation on a budget and road trips make for a great opportunity to get away without breaking the bank.

At Diva, we love road trips for these very reasons and we thought we would give you our top 9 essential items for the ultimate summer road trip.

1. Your BFFs

A road trip without a BFF(s) does not classify as a road trip. That is just running away from home, adult style. Friends, or loved ones, make road trips so much more fun because remember, when it comes to taking a trip it’s not where you go, it’s who you’re with that matters.

2. Music

Music can make a road trip go from lame to insta fun faster than you can say Justin Bieber. So before you head out onto the open road, take some time to research new music and old favorites, then load up your iPod and you’ll be set for sing-a-longs and head bobbing from New York to LA.

3. Reusable Water Bottle

Driving can be a lot of fun, but being confined to a small space for hours on end can make you more parched than an ostrich head-deep in sand in a hot Arizona dessert. Don’t be that ostrich. Be sure to pack a water bottle with you for the trip so that you don’t have to stop as often… well at least not to buy water (though you may want to make note of where some restrooms are along your route)!  A reusable water bottle is your best bet as you can refill it without having to spend money on buying water and drinks every time you make a pit stop.

4. Snacks

Saving money on water is great, but don’t forget about food and snacks as well! Packing and bringing a few snacks with you means not only saving money, but also being able to eat snacks you love without having to depend on gas station and corner store grub.

Top 9 Road Trip Essentials

5. GPS or Map

Unless you’re able to follow the North star, leave yourself a trail of breadcrumbs, or know exactly  which lamp post marks the start of Narnia, you’ll probably need a GPS. It seems like an obvious essential, but sometimes the most obvious needs when planning for a trip can be overlooked. You may not always have internet access on the road so relying solely on your phone may not be the best choice. If you want to go full retro, buy an actual map… you know, those paper, foldy things that don’t tell you in a computer voice when to turn left and right? Maps can be super useful as a simple tool if you ever do get lost, especially since they never run out of batteries!

6. A Book and/or Games

You’d be surprised at how quickly you get bored in a car. Even though listening to your favorite tunes on repeat can be awesome sauce, eventually that sauce will go stale. So plan ahead, bring some games, and don’t get caught wanting to escape the confines of a metal box going 45 mph.

7. Cooler

You know that feeling when you first get into your car on a hot, summer day and it’s scorching hot in there? That’s how hot your trunk will be your entire trip. Now imagine packing all your snacks and food and water and leaving it in your trunk in that heat. Not ideal, unless you’re trying to slow cook a roast in there using the sun’s heat alone (note, we definitely do not advise trying this). Pack all your food in your cooler with ice and your food and drinks will last longer and stay fresher so you can focus on driving.

8. Comfy Clothes

This is totally the best time to bust out your favorite leggings, yoga shorts, and skorts. Get all athletic-geared up for optimal road trip comfort. The road trip is no time to show off today’s latest fashion trends, so you’ll want to be comfy while sitting in a car for hours at a time.


9. The DivaCup and DivaWash

As a general rule, I always pack The DivaCup when I travel, even if my period tracking app says I am not due to menstruate yet. The DivaCup is so easy to pack, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes you just never know when your uterus will decide to bleed on you.

DivaWash is amazing to travel with because not only is it amazing for your cup, but it can be used as a face wash, body soap, shaving gel, and more. It’s like an all in one soap for everything you need in one bottle.

So there you have it Divas, our top essentials for an absolutely Diva-tastic road trip this summer. Did we miss anything that you won’t road trip without? Let us know below!



Diary of a Diva: Roller Derby Diva

iStock_10389630_LARGE v2At the age of 34 years old, I found the vibrant, welcoming and incredible world of Roller Derby. From someone who was never terribly athletic, I found myself challenging myself in ways I never knew I was capable of.

Roller derby is a full contact sport played on quad skates where each team fields 4 blockers and 1 jammer. Jammers make points by passing the opposing team’s blockers. As blockers, our goal is to not only help our jammer but to stop the opposing team’s jammer by any (legal) means necessary. We don’t have games rather we have bouts and instead of innings we have jams that can last up to 2 mins. Jams can be action packed and roller derby is all about the “pack”. Pack is defined by the largest amount of blockers congregated on the track from a mix of the two teams. We play in extremely close proximity to each other.

For those of us derby players who menstruate, our periods do not stop for bouts and navigating our periods through playing (and playing hard) is pretty important.

For me (and many of my teammates) The DivaCup has been a life saver. Derby for blogI mean seriously can you imagine playing a physically demanding and exhausting sport using abrasive cotton as your period support?? Not to mention, trying to change a tampon during half time while on roller skates? On top of that, the last thing I would want to do is to leak on another blocker when I am essentially “sitting” on them to stop them from moving forward.

With up to 12-hours of leak free protection, The DivaCup means I don’t even have to think about my period while I am playing, while I am up close and personal with other players, or while I making it clear to the opposing jammer that they “shall not pass!” For me, thanks to The DivaCup, leaks are a thing of the past, as is chafing from using cotton disposables.

Honestly, I may not have been an athlete for long, but I cannot imagine how athletes can use anything else to manage their periods while performing! The DivaCup just makes sense! I am so very happy that I made the switch and even when my derby career is over, I am never looking back!



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Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

Let me start by saying thank you so much for creating such an amazing and environmentally-responsible product like The DivaCup. I truly adore the idea of reducing the waste associated with my period to 0%. Also, it is a pure joy to know that I am a part of a movement that helps women from all over the world feel liberated and confident even during that time of the month.

I had never heard about menstrual cups before and was hoping there would be a more progressive alternative to our traditional “ammunition” for a period. After thorough research, my husband announced that he found a great alternative called The DivaCup and that I should look into it. I need to admit that I was very skeptical when I first heard about it. It took me some time to read the website, testimonials, and to watch a bunch of videos from those already using The DivaCup. I found out how it has influenced and made a positive change in the lives of so many women.

So, I first got The DivaCup a little more than a month ago, right before my husband and I went on a 1-month adventure to Thailand. To be honest with you, this backpacking trip was the main reason why I decided to finally purchase The DivaCup. I realized that if I wanted to enjoy swimming in the crystal waters, hiking picturesque trails, and feeling 100% confident on this trip, I needed to get The DivaCup. Packing for the trip, I was so confident in The Diva Cup, that I even took my white bikini, imagining how I would rock it especially during “that time of the month”!

Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

I felt so excited to have a worry-free and leak-free period for the first time in my life. And so when the time came and I started using The DivaCup, it was an amazing experience. I also finally could relate to those girls saying that they don’t feel it. I was ready for my life to be changed once and for all. Of course, it took me a couple of tries to get used to it and the whole process of inserting and removing The DivaCup; however, shortly after I mastered it, I came to the conclusion that it was the best investment I had ever made.

The only issue I had with The DivaCup was that I lost it during my trip in Thailand. My husband and I were rushing to catch the 6:00am ferry to the next destination of our trip, and unfortunately I didn’t have The DivaCup with me. I had such bad cramps on that day, so I could barely remember how we made it to the pier and on the ferry. It was only half way through the ferry ride that I discovered I hadn’t packed the The DivaCup. I felt so devastated and disappointed, and not only because I had forgotten my cup, but also because I had to deal with my period without it for the next 5 days. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience to go back to traditional methods like pads and tampons after trying and knowing that there is a better alternative.

I look forward to continue using this amazing invention and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it.

Join this amazing movement today!

NadiiaNadiia F.

I’m a positive change activist, who cares about environment and all the living creatures in it. I love exploring the world, together with my best friend/husband, who I can’t imagine a day without. I’m a follower of God and strong believer in the power of Bible. Currently located in Ontario, Canada.

30 Fun Ideas to Try This Summer

iStock_26335027_XXXLARGE v2We love summer time, but sometimes you run out of things to do! Here are 30 things you can do if you get bored this summer!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]1. Read:[/typography] Lay on the grass, in a hammock, or by the pool! Read anywhere you can.  Summer is the perfect time to catch up on some reading while catching some rays.  Check out our Summer Reading List blog for some great summer reads!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″] 2. Try a new café:[/typography]  Get to know your neighborhood cafés! You can even ask the server or barista  if they have any featured drinks that you can’t find anywhere else! Go with a friend, sit and chat while sipping on your beverages and enjoying a snack (or two)!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″] 3. Explore a town you’ve never been to before:[/typography] It doesn’t have to be far, but exploring what other towns have to offer is a great way to escape the summer boredom! The internet is a great source for finding nearby destinations, day trip ideas, or scenic areas you can visit.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″] 4. Pitch a tent and camp out:[/typography] Whether it is in your backyard or at a campground, camping out with some friends makes for some amazing memories. Nothing beats taking some time to unplug and enjoy nature, great conversation, and whenever possible a fireside s’more (or several)!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″] 5. Start a new TV series:[/typography] Have some free time on your hands this summer? Explore some different shows and binge watch the ones that interest you! Ask your friends for recommendations or do some crowdsourcing online. You will surely find some great shows to immerse yourself in!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]6. Make dinner for your friends and eat outside:[/typography] Nothing is better than sitting outside on a warm summer evening and enjoying the company of your friends! Laugh, eat, and be merry!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]7. Plant a garden:[/typography] There are many different gardens you could plant: vegetable, herb, flowers, etc. Choose what interests you the most! Our blog post on growing your own indoor herb garden has some great tips for you to get started.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]8. Have a spa day:[/typography] Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a day/night with facials, mani/pedis and pampering! You do not even need to go to a spa for a spa day! You can have a spa day in your very own home.  Check out our skin care blog for some of the products you can use for a spa night at home!iStock_44300386_LARGE v2

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]9. Play adult hide-and-go-seek:[/typography] Sometimes you just need to be silly! Get a group of friends together and play hide-and-go-seek, or better yet, play it in the dark! (Remember to play safely!)

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]10. Have a water balloon fight:[/typography] Who says water balloon fights are only for kids? Cool off from the summer heat with a water balloon competition!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]11. Go shopping for sunglasses:[/typography] You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses! Try on every pair and find the ones that best suit you!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]12. Go to a concert or music festival:[/typography] What music do you like? Summer is a great time for concerts because you can have them outdoors! Find a festival and make a weekend out of the music you love! Find out how to use The DivaCup at a music festival here!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]13. Go to a Farmer’s Market:[/typography] Buy some fruits and veggies, or explore artisan booths at a local farmer’s market.  You’d be surprised at the treasures you can find! As a fun twist, create a meal entirely out of your farmer’s market finds. Be creative and try some new recipes!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]14. Listen to a new genre of music:[/typography] What’s a music genre you’ve never really listened too? Give it a chance this summer!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]15. Learn to play an instrument:[/typography] There are so many different instruments that you could learn! Take time this summer to learn how to play one!

iStock_71443721_XXXLARGE v2[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]16. Start planning some goals for the fall:[/typography] Summer goes by in a flash! It is a great time to make goals for the fall after you’ve refreshed yourself. Set some personal and professional goals!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]17. Make homemade ice cream:[/typography] I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Homemade ice cream is great for family or friends. There are a ton of great DIY and guides online on how to make homemade ice cream. This is also a great way to know and control what kind of ingredients are going into your body. Imagine organic, additive and preservative-free dessert? Yum!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]18. Play a summer sport:[/typography] It’s beautiful outside! Join a summer league and get your heart racing while meeting some new people.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]19. Reconnect with an old friend:[/typography] Time flies and sometimes we lose touch with people who were important to us! Take some time to reconnect this summer.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]20. Go to a garage sale (or have one):[/typography] You can find many hidden treasures at a garage sale, or you could make a little bit of money by selling to others

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]21. Go to a carnival:[/typography] They often pop up all over the place during the summer months! Eat some cotton candy, go on rides, watch fireworks, and have a great time!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]22. Pay it forward:[/typography] Be grateful for what you have, and take the opportunity to give back to your community.  Any time is a great time to volunteer and pay it forward! So go help clean up a park, serve at a soup kitchen, or join a walk that hands out socks,iStock_61728992_XXXLARGE v2 personal care items, or even menstrual products to the homeless.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]23. Have a bonfire:[/typography] Nothing beats snuggling up to a fire on a summer night! Look online for some great fire safety tips, find out where your community has public fire pits and then enjoy the warm glow with some friends.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]24. Stargaze:[/typography] While having your bonfire, you could lay on the grass and watch the stars!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]25. Be creative:[/typography] Color, paint and create! Look up some DIYs on Pinterest and make it a summer project!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]26. Hiking:[/typography] Get moving outside on a nice hike with your dog and a friend. This would be a great way to catch up with a friend while exploring nature and being active.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]27. Canoeing:[/typography] Do you have a lake or a river accessible to you that has nice calm waters? If so, then grab a friend, a canoe, an oar and start paddling.  Many people find canoeing to be relaxing and a workout all in one!

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]28. Yoga in the park:[/typography] Take some to time to stretch, be grateful and re-center yourself with some yoga in a park! Many cities even have guided yoga classes in local parks during the summer!

menstrual-cup[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]29. Try a summer recipe:[/typography] Try making something new! If you need a little inspiration, check out our Diva Summer Pinterest board here.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]30. Try The DivaCup for the first time or recommend it to a friend![/typography] The DivaCup is your perfect summer companion for menstruation no matter what activity you are doing.

What are your favorite things to do in the summer? Share with us below or snap a picture doing your favorite summer activities with The DivaCup and tag #DivaOnTheGo on social media to share your adventures with us!







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Plastic-Free for the Sea

P2210324 v2[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]“Head Instructions: Please do not put anything down the toilet that has not been passed from one end of a human to the other…This means NO tampons, bad dogs, cardboard, kittens, plastic, dreams, maxi pads, cell phones, or souls.”-Sea Dragon[/typography]

While aboard the 72 foot sailing vessel, Sea Dragon, with 15 women for the next 15 days, this colorful note that hung above the “head” (also known as toilet for land dwellers) meant serious business! Backing up the “head” on a 15 day-long passage, island hopping through the Caribbean, was a sure way to make instant enemies fast.

Luckily, myself and these 15 other women were not just ordinary women….we were part of the eXXpedition team of female scientists, sailors, artists, moms, students, and journalists from all over the globe that had come together, united in passion, to save what we love: the sea! We were just one of several all-female crews that was helping Sea Dragon sail across every ocean in the world conducting plastic research in order to uncover the unseen and educate local communities about ways they can live plastic free for our sea! In short, we were a motley crew of Diva Cup wearing mermaids, and our “head” thanked us!

In preparation for the trip, I realized that I would be out at sea for 2-3 months before heading back home to San Diego to my own sanctuary,  a 28 ft sailboat called Mi Corazon. That’s 3 menstrual cycles worth of tampons! These are the moments when being a female traveler is a bother. I weighed my menstrual hygiene options:

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]Option 1:[/typography] Pack a satchel full of a 3 month supply of tampons. P2220454 v2This option was problematic because waste disposal on a boat is a bit of an issue and second because I was on an expedition to rid the sea of plastic.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]Option 2:[/typography] Pack nothing, save space in my bag, and hope that the islands are stocked with the essentials that I would need when I need them. This option was very risky since feminine hygiene products are not always easy to come by in the Caribbean, especially in Cuba without a ration book.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]Option 3:[/typography] The DivaCup! I had never heard of menstrual cups until my girlfriend explained The DivaCup to me two months prior to my trip over a glass of wine and a cheese platter. I tried not to let my face reveal my instant reaction of “hell no! gross!” as she explained to me what it was in detail. A cup you put in your hoohaa, holding blood?! yuk!! But I guess a cotton tampon stuck up there is just as gross if not even more gross when you really think about it.

About a month before my trip to the Caribbean, I went on a surf trip in Baja with another girlfriend. As we walked along the beach picking up trash, we found that tampon applicators, along  with  plastic bottle caps and straws,  were among the most common plastic trash in our sacks. As women, we feel a special connection to mother earth, pachamama, and we have a persistent calling in our hearts to preserve her beauty. But yet in being women, living in a tampon culture, we also have this seemingly unavoidable plastic footprint that we turn a blind eye to once a month. That’s when it dawned on me: there was hope! The DivaCup! One reusable silicone cup that would not only save me money every month, but more importantly, it would save our seas from plastic applicator waste created from tampon use! Being a woman does not mean we necessarily have to have a larger plastic foot print than our male counterparts. We can truly live a plastic free life for the sea and live in harmony with Mother Nature.

P1300741 v2I have traveled and lived in remote places around the world, and in between my travels I live on a small 28 foot sailboat. All of the places I have traveled to, including life on my boat, can make dealing with my period a struggle. Yet my 3 month trip through the Caribbean was the first time that getting my period was not a hassle or an embarrassment. I have so many stories of trying to ask for tampons over the counter using hand gestures to replace the foreign words I couldn’t remember, or at home walking the dock stealthily with a baggy of used tampons, hoping I don’t run into a fellow boating neighbor red handed. These stories are now stories of the past. With The DivaCup always by my side, I’m ready to continue living my active life style of surfing, climbing, biking, and sailing string free! And most importantly, I have confidence that I am doing my part to save the playground I love by living plastic free for the sea!



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Surfing, sailing, diving, open ocean swimming, kayaking, and even living aboard her 28 ft sailboat Mi Corazon docked in San Diego…. NATALIE sees water as an integral part of her life. Her life and professional goal is to utilize her Marriage and Family Therapy skills plus her love for ocean conservation to engage women in the great outdoors. To help people disconnect from the choas of life in order to re-connect with their truest self, re-connect to their community, and re-connect to nature.  We naturally want to save what we love. Fall in love with the sea with me and lets restore it’s beauty by living plastic-free!!!



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Top 6 Tips for Traveling with The DivaCup This Summer: Camping, festivals, and overseas travel!

Top 6 Tips for Travelling with The DivaCup This Summer

As convenient as it is to get 12 hours of leak-free protection… what do you do when you don’t have access to a bathroom or even clean, running water? This is arguably more likely to happen during the summer months when camping, road trips, and music festivals are common scenarios you may find yourself in. As the summer is now upon us, we decided to reflect on all of the scenarios in which a little innovation can go a long way for cleaning our cups when we don’t have access to running water and/or a bathroom.

So, the next time you plan to put on your adventure hat and Bear Grylls it up in the wild, or take a trip to the Amazon for 6 weeks, and your period decides, “yeah, I feel like dropping in right at this very moment,” remember these Diva survival tips!

Tip #1: Always pack potable (i.e. safe to drink) water with you

This is key because The DivaCup needs to be cleaned with clean and safe to drink water. So if you’re camping in the outback, heading to a music festival, or backpacking through rural Cambodia, make sure you pack a (reusable) water bottle to have with you. If you are in a pickle and can’t access running water, use the water from your water bottle to rinse off The DivaCup when you remove it. If you have DivaWash or a mild, oil-free and fragrance-free soap with you, use it to clean the cup. If you don’t, you can just rinse with water and clean the cup with soap as soon as you have access to running water and/or a bathroom. Remember you should do a full cleaning with soap and water at minimum 2-3 times per day.

Top 6 Tips for Travelling with The DivaCup This Summer

Tip #2: Wash your hands!

Whether you’re camping or at a music festival, the first thing you’ll want to do is to wash your hands with clean, soapy water before you start handling your nether regions with your hands. If you’re at a music festival and your only access to anything that resembles a bathroom is a porta-potty, then make sure you wash your hands before you head inside to clean your cup. If you’re heading into a porta-potty, remember to bring your water bottle with you from tip 1 to give your cup a rinse.

Tip #3: If you’re camping, dispose of your flow in a cathole

A cathole is when you dig a hole in the ground to dispose of organic waste and then bury the waste.  If you’re an avid outback camper, then this should be a no brainer. Dispose of the contents of The DivaCup just as you would if you went number 2. And yes, I’m talking about poop. Same rules as making a cat hole for your bowel movements apply here too. Check out this blog for really great step-by-step instructions on how and where to dig a cat hole.

Tip #4: Be prepared before you start your day

If you’re going to be at a music festival all day, or hiking for hours, be sure to prepare prior to heading out. In other words, before you head out for the day, make sure that you wash your cup at your hostel, hotel, campground, etc. This will ensure that your cup is empty and ready to go for a full day’s worth of activities and flow.

DivaWash and The DivaCup

Tip #5: Don’t forget about soap!

So this one is a bit tricky because it will depend on your situation and how long (how many hours/days) you will go without being able to access clean, running water. In other words, if you are at a music festival, chances are you will eventually head back to a hostel, hotel, campground, somewhere with access to a bathroom, at the end of each day. You can just rinse your cup at the festival with the clean, safe to drink water you packed (recall tip #1) and no soap. Then, when you return to your hostel, hotel, camp site, clean your cup with clean water and DivaWash or a mild, oil-free and fragrance-free soap.

If you are camping or backpacking, you may be stuck without potable, running water for days and so you won’t be able to wait to clean The DivaCup with soap. In these cases, make sure that when packing your water bottle that you will use to clean The DivaCup, that you also pack some soap. DivaWash is great for travelling because it can double as a body wash, face wash, and shaving gel, as well as a wash for your cup. But any oil-free and fragrance-free soap will do. Use this every time you empty the contents of your cup (2-3 per day depending on your flow) and rinse with safe-to-drink water from your water bottle.

Tip #6: Don’t forget to pack your Diva cotton draw-string pouch!

The cotton draw-string pouch that comes with The DivaCup is not only an adorable way to store your cup, it is also important for both maintaining the longevity of the cup and keeping it clean! Cotton is a breathable material, which creates the ideal environment for your cup to be kept in. The pouch is not easily substituted because not every material is breathable and this is important. So keep your pouch with you during your travels to keep your cup and your vagina happy!

So there it is Divas, with a little bit of prep work and some creativity, you’ll be travelling with your cup without a worry this summer! What are your best tips for travelling with The DivaCup?




Camions of Care

camions of careMy passion for menstrual hygiene began during my family’s experience with homelessness. During this time, I gained both insight and inspiration through conversations with homeless women that I met. In the spring of my sophomore year of high school, when my family saved up enough money for us to move back into our two-bedroom apartment in Portland, I founded Camions of Care. What started as a personal project to use savings to buy and hand out feminine hygiene products to homeless women and women-in-need on my way to school, with the help of an amazing and driven youth team of peers, is now an exponentially growing organization.

Camions of Care is now a global youth-run nonprofit that strives to manage menstrual hygiene through advocacy, education, and service—through the global distribution of feminine hygiene products and development of youth leadership through campus chapters. In the last year and a half, our network of 1,900 volunteers has distributed over 16,000 care packages of feminine hygiene products to 38 nonprofit partners in 12 different states and 9 different countries, and has expanded our chapter network to 34 established chapters at university and high school campuses around the US. Each care package is worth under two dollars and provides enough for one menstrual cycle. These care packages contain 9 tampons, 4 maxi-pads, and 5 panty liners, providing all of the products a woman may need for her average five-day period.

Camions of Care strives to develop youth engagement through our campus chapters. We continue to expand our network of 34 campus chapters at universities and high schools around the United States. Our chapters (nationwide at various high school and university campuses) work to support Camions of Care through advocacy and education. Some of our larger Tier 3 chapters also distribute feminine hygiene products to their own local partners. Every weekend, a volunteer team travels along our designated routes making deliveries to some of our (38+) nonprofit partner organizations and directly to homeless women-in-need.

In addition to the feminine hygiene products that Camions of Care purchases, we also obtain donations from local businesses, community centers, and nonprofit organizations. These feminine hygiene products are then directly distributed or put together into care packages through our community care packaging events.

Camions of Care helps women feel dignified and clean during their periods by giving them feminine hygiene products. The women that we serve are low income or homeless, and generally would not spend the little money they have on menstrual hygiene. Our services thereby give these women the materials to take care of their natural needs, which they otherwise would lack easy access to. Psychologically, having control over one’s own body is a step towards self-confidence and feeling in control of one’s life. This ability to care for immediate needs is an early step in helping women get off the street or to bounce back from a difficult situation. Additionally, most reproductive diseases are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. By distributing feminine hygiene products, we help women stay healthier.

In the fall of 2015, Diva International established an ongoing partnership with Camions of Care. However, while menstrual cups may seem like a great solution for some women-in-need, limited access to clean water and health care services pose a serious health concern as the cup cannot be properly cleaned. As such, Camions of Care has partnered with Dress for Success Oregon’s HOPE program to distribute The DivaCup to women recently released from prison and who are living in transitional housing. To date, Diva has donated over 100 cups, and I am excited to see how this partnership will develop in the months and years to come!

Camions of Care is always striving to find sustainable solutions and we are continuing our efforts of securing reusable products like menstrual cups and fabric pads that provide more long term solutions. Camions of Care works to empower women and youth, period.




Nadya Okamoto is an 18-year-old from Portland, Oregon. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Camions of Care–a global nonprofit organization that strives to address the natural needs of women through advocacy, education, and service. Nadya founded Camions of Care after her family experienced a degree of homelessness, during which she discovered the unaddressed need of menstrual hygiene. Nadya wants people to understand that everyone deserves to have their natural needs met so they feel ready to achieve their full potential. She is also the Youth Director of Social Venture Partners Youth, is on the board of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon PLAN International USA, and is involved in many other school activities around law practice, politics, and gender equality.

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Periods and Exercise

iStock_000069644637_MediumIt’s time to get yourself moving Divas!

Exercise is a very important part of achieving good health. Not only is it great for your body, but it can help to relieve stress as well… but did you know that exercise may also help to strengthen your fertility and reproductive health? Regular exercise is helpful with regulating your hormonal levels and increasing your metabolism. An hour of exercise at least three times a week is all you may need. To do this you do not need a gym membership as there are plenty of exercises that can be done at home or by taking a class. Some exercises that are great for your reproductive health can include cardio exercises like walking or swimming. I personally enjoy the gym as it allows for a wide variety of workout choices so I don’t get bored of doing the same thing. I also prefer the gym because it allows me to do both cardio exercises and weight training; in fact, I find the best results come from a mixture of both cardio and weight training.

Cardio is a great way to help increase your blood flow throughout your body, including your reproductive system, while weight training will aid your body in getting stronger and help to boost your metabolism. If you’re a beginner when it comes to exercising and find the gym to be a bit intimidating, there are countless other ways to get exercise, such as group activities, sports, fitness classes or even just a daily walk with a friend. For many, exercise is much easier when you have someone to help keep you motivated.

Now that we know a bit about how exercising affects our reproductive healthiStock_49000820_XXLARGE v2, what about the effects of exercising during our periods? Is it healthy?

The short answer is yes, you can exercise on your period, but most often a less rigorous workout is the best route to take. Your body is already hard at work as your hormone levels are in flux and your body works to shed its uterine lining. It is really important to know your limitations too. During the first day of my period, I made a rule for myself that I don’t work out and if I do, I’ll only participate in light activity such as swimming or yoga, which doesn’t put too much pressure on the body. Some women actually find that working out on their periods helps with period symptoms like cramps and heavy flow.

Remember to listen to your body. If your body feels sore, bloated or tired, it is telling you it needs rest. That being said, if you are on your period and feeling unmotivated, just think of Kiran Gandhi who recently ran the London Marathon while free bleeding! If Kiran could run 26.2 miles bleeding freely, then we can handle an hour at the gym or a yoga class, right? Yes! Some menstruating people find that they feel a bit more comfortable when they get moving.

menstrual-cupNot feeling the free bleeding idea? No worries! The DivaCup is an amazing option for working out on your period. Not only does it offer 12 hours of leak-free protection, but it is also extremely comfortable. You can feel completely at ease when running on the treadmill or biking in your spin class, and not have to worry about leaks or uncomfortable chafing.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just about exercise, it is also about eating nutritiously. What we eat greatly affects our bodies, our periods, and how we feel.. There are certain foods we can eat to help our period symptoms and maintain a healthy lifestyle! Learn more about how what you eat is affecting your period in our How is What you Eat Affecting Your Period?  blog post.

Remember that prior to making any lifestyle changes including those related to diet and to exercise, it is best to consult with your doctor and always be sure that you are keeping the intensity of your exercise routine within your own ability level.

Also if you are interested in reading more about exercise and your menstrual cycle, you may be interested in this great article from our friends at the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

Let’s get active, eat right and have a better period experience!







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“Skinvestigation”: Understanding Your Skin

iStock_61783082_LARGE v2Skin is the largest organ of your body, but did you know that the skin on your face is more sensitive than other areas on your body? This means that the skin on your face may require a little extra attention compared to the rest of your body. So, what is the best way to care for our skin? Well that will depend on our skin type. Let me explain!

While skincare companies only target the six main skin types, there are actually dozens of skin types and combinations.  The best way to know your exact skin type and what works best for you is to see your dermatologist or someone who specializes in skin.  Let’s discuss the main six skin types.

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1) Normal: Normal skin is generally firm, oil-free and doesn’t react to outside elements!  This skin type is most often seen in children.  Normal skin is very rare in adults, and is identified as having no oil or dryness, normal sized pores, minimal fine lines, and even skin tone.

Recommendations: This skin type should use a gentle moisturizing cleanser and a moisturizer that is water based.  When doing facials, use a clay mask to remove any impurities.

2) Dry/Dehydrated: Your skin has many layers and most of the time, problems that occur within the skin come from the lower layers.  Dry skin occurs when water from the lower layers of the skin evaporates, leaving a dry texture that can often flake or itch due to a lack of lubrication.  You can tell you have this skin type by a dry texture, scaly/flakey patches and/or premature fine lines.

Recommendations: For cleansing, use a water based cleansing milk. In the evening, use a cream that is water-based with 10% collagen.  Collagen adds elasticity to the skin, which is low in dryer skin.  Use a mask for sensitive skin but that has collagen (this can be clay, mint or mud).  Facial massages are also great for this skin type, as it stimulates the oil glands to produce more lubrication.

iStock_75067607_LARGE v2 3) Sensitive: This skin type is often very similar to dry skin; however, the skin is impacted by many factors such as sensitivity to products and the environment. Most people who have this skin type are aware of it, as they have probably experienced a reaction to multiple products.

Recommendations: The best recommendation for this skin type is to know your allergies and sensitivities! This will help when treating your skin.  For example, if you are allergic to wool, you’ll want to avoid products with lanolin.  Other than that, this skin is treated similarly to dry/dehydrated skin.  Remember to use water based products and to use products targeted for sensitive skin.

4) Oily: Recognizable from its shiny surface, this skin type is thick and prone to blemishes.  Oily skin may even cause makeup to change color throughout the day.  Oily skin is most often caused by oil glands that are found under the skin.  These glands are over stimulated causing extra oil production.  Opposite to dry skin, oily skin has too much oil lubrication so the skin can become clogged.

Recommendations: Use a cleanser that specifically targets oily skin (which is most often displayed on the container).  Use a 20% alcohol based toner with rose water, which will help cut back some of the oil.  A misconception of oily skin is that you don’t need to moisturize because the skin produces enough lubrication – but this is incorrect. Not using moisturizer will make the surface of the skin dry, but the oil will still be underneath and unable to breathe. Use a moisturizer that is targeted to oily skin.  Scrub twice a week to help remove dirt and keep pores open to breathe.

5) Combination:  Usually this skin type is dry/dehydrated on the cheeks and oily in the “T-zone” (the area across your forehead going down your nose to your chin, which creates a “T” shape on your face).  However, any time skin shows signs of two or more skin types it is considered combination skin.

Recommendations: This skin type can be difficult to work with because there are two (or more) issues to treat.  Because different areas of your skin have different skin types, you need to use products for those skin types.  For example, if you are oily in your T-zone and dry on your cheeks, use products for oily skin on your T-zone and iStock_92194943_LARGE v2products for dry skin on your cheeks.  This way, you are treating each particular area according to its skin type.

6) Aging: Aging skin is similar to dry skin, since it is lacking oil and moisture. Oil production begins to lessen after a certain age, causing skin to wrinkle and become more dry.

Recommendations: Similar to dry skin, cleansing milks are useful for aging skin; however, some may need a more oil based product.  Try avoiding alcohol in all products as this dehydrates the skin even more.  Use cream containing collagen.  When massaging the face, you will need to provide more stimulation, so massage briskly.  Anything that stimulates the skin and any oil production is helpful!

So how do you know what skin type you have?  While seeing a dermatologist is the best way to determine your exact skin type, the above information may help you analyze your skin.  This will further your “skinvestigation” and help you choose the right products for your skin.

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When your hormone levels change, so can your oil production levels.  This is why many people experience more breakouts when on their period.  The same can be said about dryness.  Sometimes the hormone levels can dry out areas of your skin.  Make sure you are listening to what your skin is telling you around your period and adjust your skincare routine accordingly.

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While everyone skin is different, there are things that everyone can do to improve their skin quality:

  • Stubborn Sun:  everyone loves the glow they receive from the sun, but it can have a dramatic impact on your skin.  Sun can cause your skin to dry out, age prematurely, and in the worst cases, can cause skin cancer.  It is important to wear sun protection and limit how much time you are in direct sunlight.  Talk to your dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns about your skin and the sun.
  • Hydration Station:  Water is one of the most important things for your skin.  If you aren’t drinking enough water, you will notice your under eyes become darker, your skin becomes duller, and you may develop flakey, dry skin.  Make sure you are drinking your daily recommended amount of water (normally 8 glasses a day for women) to ensure that your skin stays hydrated and plump.
  • Inside Out:  It is true when they say you are what you eat.  Everything you digest internally makes a difference on how you look externally.  Make sure you are getting all of the right vitamins and minerals for your body, and avoid sugars and salts as much as possible.
  • Primer:  When applying makeup, always use a primer before applying foundation.  This creates a barrier between your skin and the makeup to prevent it from being absorbed by your skin and clogging your pores.
  • Taking off your makeupDid you know that leaving your makeup on overnight ages your skin?  It can also cause acne.  If you are someone who always forgets to take off your makeup and wash your face at night, keep a pack of cleansing cloths beside your bed.  This way, you can remove at least the first layer of makeup (although it is always best to wash your face, as makeup can sit under the skin’s surface after a long day.)
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Now, I want to give a disclaimer.  I have been saying the term “dermatologist” a lot in this post.  A dermatologist is medical expert who should be consulted if you have any major issues with your skin.  While all of this information provided is from a makeup artist, some skin needs extra attention.  If you are having issues with your skin, such as chronic acne, rashes, or any other abnormalities, please contact your local dermatologist to receive proper treatment.  It is always best to consult a medical expert if you’re struggling significantly.  However, if you are just trying to improve your skin quality, this information will help you along the path to radiant skin.

The important thing to remember is that you are beautiful, no matter what your skin type is!  Just listen to your skin and take care of it, because you deserve it!  What are your favorite skincare routines, Divas? We would love to hear from you! Share your skincare tips and tricks with us!






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Campus Diva: The Diva Team’s Summer Reading List

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Summer is here again! With school out and the return of long summer days, nothing beats lounging around poolside with a good book. If you need some book ideas this summer, The Diva Team has you covered! In this Campus Diva blog post, three of our Divas have shared some of their favorite book recommendations, so grab a summer smoothie and one of these literary treasures to help keep you company in the sun.

[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]1) Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes[/typography]

Shonda Rhimes is the creator and screenwriter for Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. Rhimes is both the author and main character is this book! What could be better? Rhimes uses the power of self-experience to portray the idea of saying “yes” to things you normally wouldn’t.  Throughout this book, she rules the world of television, and teaches her audience how to rule their own lives.  People who watch Shonda Rhimes’s shows would probably never know Rhimes behind the scenes; yet she describes in detail how she went from having major anxiety attacks and feeling uncomfortable with herself, to being a happy, life-embracing, self-loving woman.  By using her quick wit and her ability to pull on emotion, this book is the perfect combination of humor and inspiration.  Buzzfeed raves that “you’ll want to standup and cheer when she takes control, remakes her life, and learns to love herself.” So make like Olivia Pope (the character in the show Scandal), grab a glass of red wine and popcorn, and enjoy this truly empowering and hilarious read.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]2) The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen[/typography]

Kelsea grew up in secret, in a small remote cottage, knowing only two things for certain: 1. She would grow up to be the queen of the Tearling. 2. Many people would try to kill her before this ever happened.

In this, the first book of the trilogy, Kelsea leaves the cottage and her childhood behind to take back control of her kingdom and to learn what it truly means to be queen in a world where there are only difficult decisions to make. From fighting for her life to defending her long suffering people, Kelsea learns and must deal with the outcome of the many secrets kept from her since birth, including but not limited to navigate the power emanating from the mysterious jewel around her neck – a jewel that marks her as the true Tear queen. Kelsea is one of the most interesting female characters in a current fantasy fiction series. This book is simultaneously delicious, disturbing, and delightful. Overall, this is a great summer read. You will immediately want to pick up the second book The Invasion of the Tearling and then join the rest of us waiting with bated breath for book 3, The Fate of the Tearling (slotted for release on November 29th).


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]3) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood[/typography]iStock_78887643_LARGE v2

This classic should be on any and all reading lists. Period. If you have not yet read The Handmaid’s Tale… well, we’ll just give you a moment to go ahead and do that now and then you can check out the rest of this list.

After a revolution in what looks like present day U.S., the Republic of Gilead is formed, a dystopian society in which there is a ruling class and the birth rate is so low that women who are fertile are kept as “handmaids” by the ruling class for reproductive purposes, making their entire value their wombs and their whole existence revolve around breeding. The story is told solely from the perspective of one of the handmaids named Offred (which literally means “Of Fred”), as she lives out her day-to-day life in Gilead with other handmaids while The Commander and his wife rule over the household with a totalitarian grip. This startling novel reminds us that while rights can be hard-earned, they can also be easily taken for granted.

Plus, reading this classic novel will mean you’ll be ready for next year’s release of The Handmaid’s Tale TV series from Hulu starring Elizabeth Moss!


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]4) You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero[/typography]

Are you having trouble finding who you are? Or are you not living the life you want? Then this book is for you!  Jen Sincero is a world-travelling success coach who focuses on money and self-appreciation.  She uses her personal experiences to illustrate how to move on from things that are holding you back, which is an even more empowering thought when it comes from a writer who claims to have once considered herself  a “loser.”  This book teaches you how to love yourself and your life, while making the necessary changes to dominate and take control of your own destiny. Bustle tells us that, “if you’re looking for purple unicorns and rainbows you won’t find them here, what you will find are practical and easy ways to connect with your inner badass and change your life.”  When you realize enough is enough, pick up this book that will help you realize your potential and release your inner badass. This book is a poignant reminder that you create your reality.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]5) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman[/typography]

Sometimes a pond can be an entire ocean. Only a master craftsman like Neil Gaiman can paint a world for us that is simultaneously deeply introspective and incredibly magical. This book will remind you of when you were a child and the impossible was entirely possible and a pond could contain an entire ocean. Moreover, it is a poignant reminder that as children we learn so much about joy, loss, and yes even about dangers (both imagined and lived) and sometimes taking that walk down that lane of memories and peering into that ocean of childhood experiences can remind us how we got to where we are. Neil Gaiman’s writing style in this novel is a delight. It will welcome and envelop you into this tale that really is at its heart of hearts, one about searching for or remembering your identity and carrying into adulthood the lessons of a childhood left behind.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]6) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath[/typography]

This classic novel by famous feminist writer and poet, Sylvia Plath, should be on everyone’s book shelf. The story follows Esther Greenwood, an observant young woman who wins a scholarship to be a model for a prestigious magazine in New York City in the 1950’s. Esther seems to have it all according to everyone around her, but she is unimpressed by the glamour and glitz of big city life and modelling; a life that many young women her age could only dream of. Esther doesn’t fit in in New York, she doesn’t fit in to the cultural norms of what her life path should look like, and she doesn’t fit into the ideals of womanhood. When she returns home from her internship, she is in low spirits and contemplates her life, career, and relationship status. On the brink of insanity, Esther falls into a depression and is institutionalized. She describes her depression as being inside of a bell jar, unable to breath, and stifled by her life.

We recommend reading this hauntingly beautiful novel this summer because it’s themes of mental illness while poignant are also immensely thought provoking.


summer-reading[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]7) The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk  Kidd[/typography]

The Secret Life of Bees is a beautiful and uplifting, coming-of-age story about the strength that can be found in a community of women. Set in 1964 in South Carolina, the story follows 14-year-old Lily Owens who runs away from her abusive father with her African-American maid and friend, Rosaleen. Unsure of where to go, Lily and Rosaleen see a jar of honey with a picture of the Black Virgin Mary on it at a local corner store and decide to go to where that jar of honey was made. The trail leads them to a bee farm run by the Boatwright sister’s, three charismatic and wise African-American women, who agree to take the two travelers into their home. Lily not only finds solace in the three sisters and their beekeeping farm, but she also learns about the mystery behind her mother’s death.

This story will make you laugh, smile, and cry all at once while still being a quick and easy summer read. But most of all, you will appreciate the fact that nature herself becomes a character in this book, as the bees and their honey mimic the lifeblood and power of the sisterhood household.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]8) Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles) by Suzanne Collins[/typography]

Beware, Underlanders, time hangs by a thread
The hunters are hunted, white water runs red.
The gnawers will strike to extinguish the rest.
The hope of the hopeless resides in a quest

~ Suzanne Collins, Gregor the Overlander

Gregor is not like most 11-year-old boys. Ever since his father disappeared – two years, seven months and thirteen days ago – he has had to take care of his little sisters while his mother keeps the family afloat. When his baby sister, Boots, falls through a vent in their laundry room, Gregor finds himself in a war torn world miles below New York City where he must play the part of the Warrior and fulfil his role in a cryptic prophecy.

Written by Suzanne Collins (of The Hunger Games fame), this highly addictive young adult series features some of the most memorable characters imaginable, including the violet skinned people of Regalia, bats, rats, and even cockroaches. There are five books in this series and you will want to read them in a single sitting, before joining the fan base that writes Suzanne Collins letters daily asking for a sixth book. Gregor the Overlander and the Underland Chronicles reminds us to always seek light in the darkness for where there is light there is hope and life.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]9) Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Joyce Carol Oates[/typography]

Set in the rock and roll era of the 1960’s in a small, fictional town of Hammond, New York, Foxfire is the story of 5 girls who meet in high school and start a girl gang after bonding over a shared sense of experiencing sexism, oppression, and inequality in their lives and their community. Maddy, Goldie, Lana, and Rita are led by gang leader Margaret “Legs” Sadovsky into solidifying the gang by getting tattoos of the gang’s symbol: a red flame. Their first act as a gang is to publicly humiliate one of their high school teachers for behaving very inappropriately, even sexually, towards Rita. After feeling empowered by this initial victory, this mission-driven gang’s next actions include:  attacking Maddy’s cruel uncle, protesting an animal shelter to end animal cruelty and also donating money to charity. But after the gang goes on a joy ride and crashes the car, things start to go downhill.

This novel is a glorious mix between Animal Farm and Kiernan Shipka’s Sally from Mad Men when she attends boarding school and sneaks boys up into her room. It is both a delightful and insightful summer read: rebellious yet reveals the cynical powers of the status quo.


[typography font=”Merienda One” size=”16″ size_format=”px” color=”#632068″]10) The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship, A Toltec Wisdom Book by Don Miguel Ruiz[/typography]

One must be able to fall in love with themselves before falling in love with othersiStock_73202825_LARGE v2 – that is the idea behind the book The Mastery of Love.  Don Miguel Ruiz explains that you cannot put your happiness in others’ hands, but rather you must fill that void yourself.  The harsh reality is that modern day has destroyed the concept of relationships, and this book helps remind us that we must love someone for all that they are in order to experience true love.  If you are looking for a book that focuses on relationships, loving yourself and the fault in perfection, than this is an awesome book for you!  Shed the fear-based beliefs about love as love is not supposed to lead to drama and sadness.  Love yourself, forgive yourself, and let go of all that is tearing you down. Once you become love, everything around you embodies love. This book will help you open your heart and help you embrace other relationships that life has to offer.


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