How to Make Her an Amazing First Period Survival Kit

Get your tween or teen started right with a great DIY first period kit. All the survival essentials in one great at home kit.

How to Make Her a DIY First Period Kit


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


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Menstruation Kit - First Period Kit To-go! (Period Starter Kit with all Natural Pads)Menstruation Kit – First Period Kit To-go! (Period Starter Kit with all Natural Pads)


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 to make an easy at home DIY First Period 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 like the ones shown here. 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.


**Update**  If your daughter starts her period young, you may want to consult her doctor.  Right after this post was written we went for a check up here’s what we learned.

There are 5 stages of puberty.  The onset of periods is usually the last stage.

Our daughter is not only small for her age, but she was only in the 2nd stage of puberty according to other body changes observed by her doctor.  Because this would usually not be the timing for periods to start, we saw an endocrinologist to make sure everything was okay.

Some kids start puberty early due to medical conditions and others due to environmental factors.  Luckily this was not the case.  All other factors being normal, it was determined that our daughter most likely had an ovarian cyst that burst.  Many women have cysts that come and go unnoticed every month and it is normal.

Thankfully, that seems to be all it was because we haven’t seen Aunt Flo since.


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U by KOTEX Tween Pads 16U by KOTEX Tween Pads 16With her size and age, we aren’t even considering tampons.  These are perfect.  Even though they are marketed for tweens and teens, as a petite woman,  I actually like the way they fit myself.


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



Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret (Paperback) - CommonAre You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (Paperback) – CommonIf 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.


We also have this book in both girl and boy versions.

The Girl's Body Book: Fourth EditionThe Girl’s Body Book: Fourth Edition



Something Yummy

Bark Thins Snacking Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt, 17 OunceBark Thins Snacking Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with Sea Salt, 17 OunceYou 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,  extra soft sweatshirt or fuzzy socks is soothing.


Cozy Fleece Cozy Plush Throw Blanket, 50 by 60 Inch, AssortedCozy Fleece Cozy Plush Throw Blanket, 50 by 60 Inch, Assorted


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 journal is so cute, don’t forget a cool matching pen … or 10, like these with the crowns.

Lollipop Tree Journal (Diary, Notebook)Lollipop Tree Journal (Diary, Notebook)


Ballpoint Pen Crown Novelty Pens Noble Cute Gift Pen for School, Office, Family Use Pack of 6Ballpoint Pen Crown Novelty Pens Noble Cute Gift Pen for School, Office, Family Use Pack of 6

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 girl role models are a 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 skills, these were so easy we made some as gifts.


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


Read how to make one in this post HERE


Don’t worry this tutorial is for people who really do suck at sewing, like me, but if you’d rather buy one try this.

Nature's Approach Aromatherapy Basic Herb Pack, Celestial IndigoNature’s Approach Aromatherapy Basic Herb Pack, Celestial Indigo


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


Be prepared for starting your period when on the go with this quick and easy DIY period to go kit


For when she’s on the go and the unexpected happens. Here’s an easy-peasy guide to making a DIY period to-go bag.  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 back to school shopping is coming.  Speaking of school, for a school locker kit that can be easily customized for girls or boys, check out this post.


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.


How to Make an Amazing First Period Survival Kit

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


Speaking of attitudes, if you’ve got a tween attitude in your house, click here and try these helpful tips.

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Have anything else that you’d include in a first-period kit? …. drop us a comment 🙂



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

  1. Gail says:

    An idea that my friend came up with—a zippered pouch with 3 rings that fits into a binder (the kind of pouch used for pencils). Not transparent. Keep extra pads for emergencies. Students always have their binders.

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Hi Gail…I love that idea! Often classes and lockers are not close to each other and it won’t be lost or forgotten. Thanks for commenting 🙂

  2. Wendy L says:

    Include a note for your daughter to read when it happens. If she’s away from home she’ll appreciate a note saying, “Stay calm. Congrats! I can’t wait to talk when you get home. Here’s some tips … , Love you! You’re beautiful.”

  3. Nice, I really wouldn’t have thought to do something like this but I most definitely will be on it now. My daughter is in the 3rd grade but there’s no time like the present to start somewhere. She is in between her dads house and mines so I will buy her a kit for over there too but I really do hope she’s with me when it happens. I remember getting my period at school and felt so alone until my mother got home in the evening to see how I was doing.

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Hi Aarti, Having one in each place is a great idea. I agree with wanting to be there when it happens. Since you can’t be sure of that, talking about it ahead of time will go a long way just in case. The post 3 Fun Puberty Books for Girls has some good books I recommend. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Love the post. My daughter is going into the 5th grade next week and I already made her a pack. I forgot to include something for pain. I also included a feminine wipe…you know to freshen up from possible accidents. Thanks for all the tips and extras I hadn’t thought of.

    • Laurie O'Rourke says:

      Hi Tiffany, Happy to hear you liked the post. The feminine wipes are a great addition. I’ll have to add those into the post. I should do another post for an on-the-go kit. Thanks so much for commenting 🙂

    • 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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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