You never know when exactly your period might start — but creating your own period starter kit is a great way to stay prepared as soon as your cycle starts. That way, you’ll feel confident that you’re covered with whatever you might need, whether you’re at home, at school, at a friend’s house, or just about anywhere.
So, what exactly goes into a period kit? Anything that you need to manage your menstrual flow, from absorbent supplies to cleanup materials. It’s great to have as a “just-in-case” precaution, or for activities like summer camp or school where you may be away from home for a long period of time. Basically, the goal is to make an all-in-one kit that’s small enough to easily pack in your gym bag, backpack, purse, school locker, overnight bag — you name it.
When it comes to creating your own DIY period pack, the most important thing is to include products you feel comfortable using! If you’re not too sure about tampons or menstrual cups, for example, you can always stick to pads and period underwear for teens to keep you covered.
Remember, there are no rules — whether you want lots of supplies to stay extra prepared, or you’d rather pack as little as possible to keep your period kit compact and discreet, just do you.
Here’s what your period kit should include:
Pair(s) of Thinx Teens period underwear - Our reusable, absorbent period underwear for teens is designed to comfortably absorb your flow and feel like regular underwear while keeping you fresh & dry. Pro tip: try our Fresh Start Period Kits with multiple pairs for protection all cycle long!
Backup pads and/or tampons - It’s always a good idea to have extra products on hand as backup protection for heavy flow days.
Sealable, reusable bag - Make sure you have something to hold your used period underwear in once they get full (or regular undies that get stained).
Unscented cleansing wipes - Keep some gentle cleansing wipes on hand for cleanup — just make sure to throw them out in the used period products bin or main garbage can if they’re not marked as flushable!
Hand sanitizer - Again, it’s always nice to have some hand sanitizer on hand for cleanup purposes. So opt for your fave travel-sized option!
A pouch to hold it all - It can be as small or as big as you’d like, depending on the items you want to include (bonus points if it’s washable or waterproof)!
Here are a few optional, nice-to-have items you can include in your kit:
Leggings - For those accidental blood-stain-on-the-pants moments when your period comes unexpectedly, consider packing a spare pair of leggings or shorts to change into.
Single dose of painkillers - When your period cramps are feeling especially cramp-y, it can be nice to have over-the-counter pain medication on hand to help out.
Reusable gel heating pad - This can be another great way to help soothe menstrual cramps when you’re on-the-go.
Dark chocolate - Fun fact: the magnesium and iron in dark chocolate can actually help relieve cramps… major win.
First and early periods may feel confusing, but they don’t have to be. Take the time to find resources that can help educate you about what to expect — like our Periods 101 blog for teens!
Don’t be afraid to ask trusted people in your life about their own period experiences, too — your mom, sister, a close friend, or even a teacher may be able to help guide you through what to expect or how to best prepare for your period. If you have other questions, like “how do I talk to my parents about my period?” or “what is PMS?”, our Teen Q&A blog is full of resources (and firsthand experiences from teens who have been through it) on all things periods.
Above all, it’s important to remember that periods are a normal, natural part of life! They’re not “dirty” or anything to be ashamed of. The more we choose to talk openly about periods with the people that we trust, the more empowered we become as we navigate our menstrual cycles.