How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit

tween teen first period survival kit

How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit


 A first-period survival kit is a must-have for tweens and teens before they start. The sooner you have it ready the better.


They grow up so fast these days” seems so cliché, but seriously, it’s happening around here. My daughter will be 11 in just a few weeks. She’s only 48 pounds and 48” tall. Yet this week we got a huge surprise. She started her period. Holy crap. T-E-N


 Now we’d already talked about periods several times before. She had just had the school health class version only the day before and wham. Of course like a typical guy and Dad in Denial, my husband asked if I was sure. Um, yeah, I’m sure.


I had already seen the great idea on How to Make an Amazing First Period Survival Kit.  But I thought I still had time.



Off we went on an emergency Walmart run since the pads I have would have been crazy big.  Guess what, we discovered tween pads. Yeah, just their size, who knew. The pads have hearts and stars on them. Really.

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This girls only trip gave us a good excuse to look at girls bras. These are so cute by the way. Not those horrid white lacy itchy things we had to wear. Though 33 years after I insisted to my mom that I wouldn’t hate wearing it one day, I still don’t really need one and hate it when I have to. Which since I stay home is rarely.


I am extremely proud of how my daughter handled her first period. Very mature. Open with questions and answers.
“Sorry, it doesn’t really get better, but it still beats being a man.”Click To Tweet It made us laugh. I offer no apologies. It’s the truth.

First Period Survival Kit

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With her size and age, we aren’t even considering tampons.  These are perfect.


UKotex for Tweens

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – By Judy Blume.


If you’re a kid from the 70’s or 80’s no teen girl years are complete without the mantra of “We must, we must, we must increase our bust.” and of course testing it out to see if it works, you know, just to be sure, in case it does. If only.

 This coming of age book is a must-read.  You can read our review HERE.



Favorite Snack 


You know your girl,  so give her something good.  Maybe it’s sweet like M & M’s or salty like Pringles.   Or even a little of both like Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt like these, mmmm.

Something Soft

If you’re already crabby and want to curl in a ball, a fluffy throw or new extra soft sweatshirt is soothing.


A New Journal


At a time when everything seems weird and her world is changing, a journal can give her a place to sort out, well you know, stuff.


It can be just for her, or a new way for the two of you to share your thoughts.  By writing back and forth with each other it offers an opportunity to reflect back on the “conversations”, give time for thoughtful answers and provide a way for otherwise awkward conversations to turn into meaningful connections without embarrassment.  For both of you 🙂


This one is so cute, don’t forget a cool matching pen… or 10.



A Magazine


Whether she’s into fashion or still too young for makeup.  She will enjoy a magazine.  My daughter really enjoys  BYOU magazine. (Be Your Own You) and I am comfortable with the content.  Empowering messages and positive role models are the focus.


Hot/Cold Pack


Headaches, cramps, and backaches are all part of the deal, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer.


These are better heated in the microwave for cramps but for back pain or a headache sometimes cooled in the freezer works better.   For someone who has minimal sewing skill, these were so easy we made some as gifts.


Here’s one I made for ourselves.  At 20″ x 7″, this one measures on the large size for extra comfort.


Read how to make one HERE.

Pain Relief


For girls on the go, you can’t always be lazing around with the rice pack.  So   Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen are a must.


Adorable Emergency Bag


For when she’s on the go and the unexpected happens.  Pads, extra undies, and some pain relief can be kept in the car or her school bag.


We have yet to find THE bag but school is still a few weeks away and school shopping is coming.


Since I am expecting to be throwing snacks at her while she’s curled up in her blanket with a magazine while growling I suppose the next project is going to be doing a room makeover for her.  She’s still sharing one with her little brother as we juggle around bedrooms with Grandma gone. They used to get along like peanut butter and jelly.


But now here’s my little sweetheart…..just like her perimenopause mama.  Read that post here.


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Have anything else that’s in your emergency period kit? …. drop us a comment 🙂


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15 thoughts on “How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Oh wow…thanks Shelley. Glad to know you liked it. My daughter, 11 helped me put together the post. She loves seeing how popular it is. We are planning a series of posts surrounding that age group. I popped back to your blog again to see your roundups….I love your format for sharing other blogs in each of the P.R.I.M.E. categories.

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Aww thanks. Wow your comment takes me back…I forgot about the Jr. High Gym class kits. Since my mom avoided the subject I appreciated that too.

  1. I absolutely love this! My sister and I both started our periods at age 9 and since my little princess is 4 I better make this sooner rather than later! I want this to be a positive experience for her!

    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. Karen says:

    ALL great ideas!! Wish I had known about this when my daughter and granddaughters reached this important event in their lives. Great job mom!! Can you tell me what exactly goes in the heat/cold packs? I would love to make some as gifts! Glad to see the new post.

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Hi Karen, I know right. How did mom’s get by without Pinterest, it’s an epic mom (and grandmom) resource, lol. The ones I have now are filled with rice. It wasn’t my favorite filler since when heated you can smell it, not bad, just could be better. I have yet to add essential oils, though they would work well. I also made a few with flax seed, it’s pricier than a jumbo pack of rice if you are making gifts, but sooo much nicer. I am actually going to be adding a tutorial post for the packs. I hardly know how to sew, but still super easy, quick and inexpensive. Only about $1 per pack. I need to make more. We are constantly using them for aches or just to be cozy during the winter. 5 people and 2 packs is not working 🙂 Happy to hear from you again.

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