The Ultimate Checklist: What to Put in a Period Kit
Experiencing new things can be equally exciting and overwhelming, especially for the apple of your eye. Her first crush, her first sleepover, even her first concert—all these "firsts" are memorable. And when it comes to her first period, you'd also want it to be as special and wonderful. Make it a magical moment with a thoughtfully prepared first period care package. Check out this definitive checklist to figure out what to put in a first period kit.
What is a period kit?
In the past, knowing what to put in a period kit wasn't an actual thing. Back then, girls would bring along a regular pouch with two pockets, each containing one feminine pad, and that was that. But now that it's your daughter's turn to enter puberty, she can enjoy first mense care packages that are savvier, even a bit sassier than their forerunners.
So a first period care kit is a discreet, all-in-one pouch or bag containing all the menstrual care essentials, plus maybe a bit more, to help your child manage her initial transition to womanhood. Then, when the magical moment finally happens, she will have everything she needs right from inside that pouch to keep herself hygienic and feeling fresh and confident.
Gifting her a period care kit can also present a special bonding moment for you and your child as you share your own experiences. You can even assemble her first period care package together.
What to put in a period kit
So where do you start? Keep scrolling to find out what to put in a period kit for school.
Feminine hygiene pads
Feminine pads will be a cinch for your beloved daughter because she won’t have to insert anything anywhere. She can easily double up or wear overnight pads if her flow is heavy. For lighter days, she can switch to thinner versions. Allow for 2 to 3 pad changes.
Not all girls (nor women, for that matter) are comfortable wearing feminine pads, tampons, or cups. So for many, their first period care package won't be complete without period apparel, like Ruby Love Teen Period Underwear. These cutting-edge undies can give your child a sleeker choice, providing much protection, comfort, and security, especially during those heavy-flow days.
Ruby Love's Period Panties, such as its Teen Period Hipster Underwear in Blueberry Stripe or Teen Period Bikini Underwear in Cream, have a triple-layer cotton gusset that offers breathable comfort and maximum leak-proof protection.
As Ruby Love Period Apparel only uses organic cotton, it can fight odor naturally and keep your darling girl dry in the safest and healthiest way. What's more, organic cotton is eco-friendly, as they're grown without the extensive use of agricultural chemicals. On top of that, they can reduce water consumption by as much as a whopping 91% and are reusable. How's that for sustainability?!
Washing your hands with soap and water is always the best way to remove all sorts of microbes from your hands. But there are times when there's nowhere to wash. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can provide that temporary solution to reduce germs quickly. Just remind your daughter to follow through with a thorough cleanse when soap and water become available.
There are typically two kinds of wipes. One is disposable hand wipes, which can be as effective and convenient as hand sanitizers in getting rid of bacteria and germs from hands, toilet seats, and toilet countertops.
You can also include feminine body wipes in her first period care package to prepare for emergencies such as broken bidets. Ensure that her brand is FDA- and EPA-regulated (Food and Drug Administration/ Environmental Protection Agency) to protect her pH levels and the environment.
Other menstrual products (if she prefers)
If your daughter decides to try other menstrual products, add a few to her first period care package. Tampons are small enough, so they're pretty convenient. Also, if they're inserted properly, they're hardly felt. One major drawback, though, is the possibility of TSS or toxic shock syndrome from bacterial infections. To minimize the risk, find the lowest-absorbency tampon you can. You may also want to advise her on avoiding single-tampon overnight use and alternating tampons with pads during light flows.
Menstrual cups can also be another alternative. They can hold more blood and are safer to use than tampons. They are also eco-friendlier than both tampons and feminine pads. If your daughter is more comfortable with them, then, by all means, let her go for it.
A few more "extras"
Now that you already know what to put in a period kit, make your child's first period care package even more precious by adding a little something-something, such as:
Period hacks + Q&A
A slim guide on FAQs and the best period hacks can give your daughter the information she needs to sail breezily through her first period experience.
Her first mense can give her sleeping troubles. A sleep mask can help her block off the light to sleep more soundly and regulate her hormones.
Warm cozy socks
The hormonal fluctuations in her period can cause flu-like symptoms like body aches and also affect her body temperature. Keep her toasty—and cared for—by including a pair of warm cozy socks in her first period care package.
Warming gel pads
As she adjusts to her menstrual period, she may have to deal with the discomfort of cramps. Help relieve her aches and pains by packing in warming gel pads, which can improve circulation and reduce muscle stiffness.
Adding chamomile tea bags to your child's first period kit is always a great idea. Chamomile is known to alleviate menstrual cramps and lift one's mood with its dopamine- and serotonin-releasing powers. It's the perfect brew to make your little one stay comfy and happy throughout her period.
More First Period Care Package Tips
Here are a few extra tips that might be helpful for you and your girl:
1. Choosing the pouch
Before finding out what to put in a period kit, pick the right pouch to ensure that all the menstrual-care things your girl needs are in one place. Additionally, having a complete "set of tools" ready at any time can help her feel more organized and in control as she deals with the different amazing things happening to her body.
Choose a period pouch that's easy to wash so it doesn't add to your daughter’s to-do list. Remember to keep it lightweight to make it easy and comfortable to carry around.
A perfect kit would be handy yet large enough to include all the indispensables. To find the best pouch size for your child, ask her what she's comfortable with.
2. Exploring Options
You can ease your girl into her menstrual experience by choosing the usual feminine pads. But she may also want to try other products, like menstrual cups, first. If so, enlighten her with the pros and cons of each period product so she can decide for herself. You may want to recommend throwing in a pad or two as a safety net.
Making her first period special
Make her feel more loved and protected with Ruby Love. Our cool and complete first period care package has everything your girl will ever need to handle Aunt Flo! We've even added some extra flourishes, such as a Facial Essence Beauty Mask, an Inspiration Dairy Notepad, and of course, Ruby Love Period-Proof Seamless Teen Underwear.
With Ruby Love period apparel, you can take away your daughter’s first-time jitters and make her intro to womanhood absolutely amazing and stress-free. Choose between our Teen Bliss Seamless Period Underwear, with built-in maximum absorbency and a stitch-free design in second-skin fabric, or our Teen Period Sleep Boyshorts, which are leak-proof, cute, and comfortable and won't ride up. Let Ruby Love give your precious daughter the best time of the month—always! Shop our collection today.