The DIY period kit that will make your child feel prepared

Inside: Prepare your child for their first period by making up a DIY period kit for school that they can keep in their schoolbag, before their first period starts.

If your daughter (or child with a uterus) is 10, you need to start thinking about getting ready for their first period ie making up a DIY period kit for school. 

You may think ‘WHAT?’ and that 10 is way too young for your child to have a DIY period kit for school, but most kids start their period between the ages of 10 and 15 years. The average age is 12 ½ , but every child is different, and your child may start earlier (or later) than the average.

The important thing is to be prepared! You just don’t know when that first period will start – and it could possibly be when they are at school! And having their very own period kit (or period pack) for school is what every child needs.

You’ll find more information about puberty in my Puberty 101 page.

What is a period kit?

Basically, a period kit (or period pack) is a small bag that holds the stuff that you might need for a period. 

So if you’re a parent, it is a bag that your child will use to manage their period when they are out of the house.

They might keep it in their school bag, gym bag, or in their locker at school.

They might have just the one period kit or they might have a few of them. And it is filled with the essential items that your child needs to manage their period throughout the day. (What they put inside it may be different to what you (or their sister) might put in yours. )

We’ll talk about what to put inside them soon!

Why do kid’s need a period pack?

You might be wondering why your child might need a period pack (or period kit). 

There are a few reasons why. 

But the main reason is that it helps to make them feel less stressed about their first period.  

You would not believe how much females stress about their first period!

If you don’t believe me, go and have a look at my Youtube channel for tweens, and read some of their comments on the videos about periods.

Kids are paranoid about their period starting when they are at school. And that they won’t know it has started until someone taps them on their shoulder and whispers into their ear that they have blood on the back of their school uniform. After the whole school has already seen it!

So a period kit helps to decrease their stress because they know that if their first period starts at school, then they’ll be fine. As they have the gear that they need!

The simple act of them having a few supplies in their school bag empowers them and helps to alleviate some of their anxiety about their first period. If you’re unsure about how to start talking to your child about periods, my parent guide will help you to get started.

When will my child need a period kit?

It is impossible to predict when a first period will happen but there are a few signs to look out for!

The warning signs of a first period

Luckily first periods don’t just start out of the blue! Usually, we have a few warning signs before they start.

3 things have to happen before a first period will happen (these changes usually happen over a 2 year period): 

  • growth of breasts
  • growth of pubic hair
  • first period

So if your child’s breasts have started to bud and they have some pubic hair, you need to think about making up a period kit for school.

They might not need for a few years yet, but in the meantime, it may come in handy for one of their friends.

Plus they will know that they have it, which means they are prepared. Whether their period starts at home or at school.

If you’re feeling unsure about how to talk to your child about periods, you’ll find some tips in this blog post about the “period talk”.

A first-period quiz

If I had a dollar for every one time a tween asked me when they’d get their first period, I’d have a lot fo money in the bank.

So I created a  first period quiz that you can complete with your child, to help them work out when their first period might start. So they can stop worrying about it so much!

How to make your own period kit

So how do you make up a DIY period kit for school, and what should it contain?

Step 1: Buying the supplies

So what should a DIY period kit for school contain?

The bare minimum for a period kit should include:

  • sanitary pads (tampons when they get older)
  • spare knickers in case they leak (you can get some great underpants that are the perfect size for young tweens and that will contain leaks here)
  • plastic bags (to hold stained knickers or to put the used pads in – if there isn’t a bin handy)
  • cleansing wipes or hand cleanser (just in case they need to clean up blood off their hands before leaving the toilet cubicle & not for washing their vulva)

There are lots of other things that you can include as well – analgesia, tampons, hot packs, anything that you can think of that may be relevant.

Just remember that it needs to be small and compact!

This is what you could include in a first period kit

Step 2: Finding the right period bag

There are a few things to consider when choosing the right period bag for a DIY period kit for the school bag!

Discretion for a period bag is important.

You’ll need a period bag that is big enough to hold everything, small enough to be discrete, and constructed in such a way that they can balance the bag on their lap whilst doing what they need to do. I recently read about someone using a pencil case, which is ultra discrete!

And I would choose something that is washable or able to be wiped clean – just in case! A DIY period kit for school is going to be left in the bottom of their school bag – and we all know how grotty schoolbags can get!

There are lots of different things you can use – pencil cases, make-up bags, small purses and more.

Small make-up bags can work as well, and they usually have more pockets and zips, which can help with hiding pads.

I have recently discovered a bag that has been made just for this purpose, by Raigan J. Raigan is an Aussie mum who tested the design of these period bags out with tweens to make sure that they worked perfectly. I showed them to my daughter and she was quite impressed. She liked the fact that they held more than what her pencil case did, and that the contents don’t spill out as you go diving in for something. I liked the fact that the bag is easy to clean, folds open (so it can sit on your lap whilst you remove your pads etc) or can hang it on the door or toilet roll holder with the inbuilt coat hanger. So do go and check them out as they ship worldwide! And no, this isn’t an affiliate link. I’m just impressed that there is a purpose-made product that is discrete and does the job perfectly! They really are the best period bag for tweens.

This is my daughter’s  Raigan J bag in action! She had so much fun filling it up with what she thought she might need! And Raigan has a new fun range, that will appeal to a younger audience!

Raigan J Shirley bag
My daughter’s Raigan J period bag

There are also some other purpose-built period bags that are available.  Some are empty and some are already filled with period products.

But remember, you need to keep your DIY period kit for school small.

Trust me, your child won’t use it if it isn’t discrete.

It needs to be something that doesn’t attract attention and just looks like an everyday item. And they’ll only need enough supplies for 2-3 changes maximum.

Step 3: Make up the period kit together

A great way to start conversations about periods is for you and your child to make their period bag for school together.

You could read this blog post together, and talk about what they would like to have in their period kit for school. Let them have a say in what they want, and by having some ownership, they are more likely to take it to school.

Talk about the different menstrual products that are available today. You can read this blogpost together as well, that looks at what menstruation products are suitable for young children. The difference in size between a first tampon, a regular and a super tampon is pretty significant!

I received an email from a mum who sat down with her daughter and they looked at this post together. Together they decided what they needed in their own period kit, and built it together!

It also opened the doorway to start chatting about puberty, periods and all that other stuff too!

She also suggested that a pencil case works beautifully for a period kit!

✅ Buy your own period pants here from Modibodi.

Other things to consider

Period pants for tweens

Something else that you may want to consider getting is period underwear. Now, I’m not just talking about black undies that are just worn when you have your periods!

I’m talking about underwear that has an inbuilt absorbent lining that will absorb menstrual blood and not leak onto outside clothing.  You can’t use them as a replacement for a sanitary pad as they will only hold between 10-30 mls of blood.

What I like about these is that it gives young tweens extra protection. So if they become aware that their pad has leaked, the pants will absorb any leaked blood, which means no bloodstains on their outer clothing. So it lessens the fear and potential embarrassment of staining their clothes.

I’ve tested a few brands and my favourite by far is the range by Modibodi. They even have a tween and teen period underwear range, which means smaller sizing. Which means it will actually fit your child!


You can watch the video below, where I talk about why I like the Modibodi period pants for tweens and teens, and how to use them.

I have personally trialled a few different brands and Modibodi is my favourite brand. They hold the most amount of blood before they start to leak. You read more in this blog post, about the best period pants for girls

Resources to help with talking about puberty

My mission is to create resources that will help you to naturally talk to your kids about sex, all while respecting your personal values.

Which means that inside this website, you’ll find lots of resources to help you with talking to your child about puberty.

My Puberty 101 page includes all of the information on puberty. You’ll find lots of different blog posts to help with talking to your child about growing up.

You’ll find videos about puberty in my Sex Education Videos resource page that you can watch with your child or to learn more about puberty yourself.

You’ll also find an extensive range of children’s books on puberty, for kids of all ages. 

If you get stuck and feel that you need some extra support with talking to your child about puberty, then my book, Boy Puberty – How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween boy or Girl Puberty – How to talk about puberty and sex with your tween girl, may be helpful. It’s a straightforward common sense guide that will help you to start having honest conversations that will guide your child through puberty, and strengthen your relationship without feeling embarrassed, awkward or nervous.

If you need some help with explaining sexual intercourse to your child, then How to Talk to Kids About Sex will help you explain sex to your child in a way they will understand. It breaks sex down into simple steps that take the stress out of explaining!

If you’re unsure about how to answer your child’s questions about sex, then I have the perfect book for you! The Sex Education Answer Book will give you age-specific answers to the most common questions kid’s ask parents about sex. Which means you don’t need to worry about finding a child-friendly explanation that your child understands. 

And if you get stuck, feel free to get in touch! You can contact me here.

19 thoughts on “The DIY period kit that will make your child feel prepared”

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    Hi im 11 and i am wondering if you could give me some help. So i have done alot of first period tests and they all say pretty soon like 3 to 6 months or are you sure you dont have it yet. I just want your opinion so the symptoms i have are bloating, mood swings, tender breasts, pubic hair both in my down there and armpit hair, my hair is more greasy even when i wash it very often, i am really sweaty even if im just standing around and last but not least i have A LOT OF DISCHARGE LIKE A LOT. Ps im about 87 to 89 pounds. Please answer i really want your opinion also sorry this is so long. (I just really want my period)

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      There is no way to accurately guess when a period will start, as everyone is so different.
      The change in discharge is usually the last signal (lots of it and a lot more frequently), as it shows that your uterus is finally starting to get ready for things to start happening. But, vaginal discharges can change, while waiting for a period, so it may (or may not) be the one that signals a period is on it’s way.
      So it’s just a matter of waiting for that first period to happen, I’m sorry to say.
      So make sure you have some pads in your school pad, have a chat to your parents/carer about maybe getting some period pants (they can be expensive but they make life a lot easier as they are great at preventing blood stains, especially if that is a big worry ie your period starting and not knowing it has.)
      And try to be a lot more aware of how things feel in your pants ie how wet does it feel. So if it does feel wet you can go and check if it’s your period (or not). Once your period starts, and you’ve had it a few times, it usually follows a pattern eg every 21 to 28 to 31 days the next period will start. Which means you can then start to chart it, so that you know when to expect the next one.
      I hope that helps, and yeah, waiting for that first period isn’t fun!

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    Thanks and yeah it really sucks waiting cause so many of my friends have theres and it makes me feel like im the only one and i just want it really bad like i want to feel grown up. My problem is i think of a “bad” situation which i wouldnt mind but still i think of it then i feel like it wont happen because i thought of it and its really stressing me out cause i want my period so bad

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      when do you think I will get mine I am 10 almost 11 my mom got hers when she was 11 I have breasts vaginal discharge for almost 4 months now I have pubic hair in my armpit and 👇 and I have to shave my legs twice a week and I get cramps in my lower abdomen almost every day I keep telling my mom to buy stuff for it but she says it is nothing to worry about and I also get mood swings and a little bit of bloating

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        There are two types of discharge – the vagina keeping itself clean.
        and then there’s the discharge that happens when the uterus starts to get ready for a period. This is the discharge that needs to happen for a period, as it shows that the uterus is starting to do what it’s supposed to be doing.
        so it is hard to know if the discharge you have is the period one. It might be. or it might not be, which then means that if you get a change where it feels different in texture, or you start to get a lot more than you normally do, then that is probably a sign that the period will be happening in the next couple of months.

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      As a 16-year-old who has her own period currently, trust me dear, it may seem cool for the other girls to have it and be more “grown up” and/or you might feel like you don’t fit in with them since you don’t have it yet, but enjoy the time you have while you can before it starts!! I used to feel the exact same way about mine, but due to hereditary issues my mom and older generations passed down to me my period is horrible. I really hope that yours won’t be as bad, but the first few periods feel pretty weird, gross, painful, and generally confusing and overwhelming because you’re not used to all the different feelings (like the icky feeling in your stomach, the cramps, headaches, sore muscles, tender chest, ect.) and how your emotions go all over the place and you cry at really simple things. You’ll eventually get used to it, but it will still definitely be a time you loathe. There is no need to grow up too fast, so please enjoy your childhood while you have it! Growing up isn’t all that fun, but we all go through it. Enjoy the time you have without all the new issues that come with growing up!

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    Hello, I am 12 years old and I have been eating some pretzels. (The mini-packs.)(Yes,they do have salt.) I just noticed during your period you are not suppose to eat any salty foods. Is it nessesarely “bad” that I am eation salty things?

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      There is lots of ‘advice’ out there about what you should or shouldn’t do when you have your period.
      And I must admit, I haven’t heard the salt one. It might have something to do with PMS symptoms
      With all things, i think it is about moderation ie just the usual or small amounts of things. So a couple of the mini packs of pretzels is fine.
      I hope that helps, cath

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    I am 13 and I haven’t had a period yet, but I have discharge, hair, and breasts. I’ve felt some cramping in the last week or so, but I am not sure if it’s my uterus or stomach. I am wondering if there’s a way to tell for sure.

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      Not really. For some people cramping can be a sign that a period is on it’s way, but for others it isn’t. Everyone is different, which is why predicting a first period is so hard.

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    Hi,my name is Evelyne and I’m 11 years old. I was just wondering if you could tell me what do you do if your mom ignores your periods or ignores you if you tell her to buy period supplies for you and you definitely have periods?
    Please answer me.

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      Hi Evelyne, that sounds like a pretty tough situation to be in. Is there another adult you can talk to? An aunt/grandmother or older cousin or a family friend, who can buy some supplies for you or talk to your mom? Or can you ask your school teacher if you can talk to them privately, and ask them to help? (hang on, depending on where you live, schools might be closed due to this pandemic)

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      Hi, I’m 12 and I’ve been experiencing discharge, pubic hair, breasts and a couple cramps. I’ve taken a lot of tests and they all say 6-12 months.
      My mom said she got hers really late (15), so I’m wondering if I’ll get it late like my mom, or, like the test says, within a year

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        Hi Iris, it is so hard to really know. You might be like your mum, but then again you might not be. You do have half of your father’s DNA in him, and if he started puberty early (or his mother started periods early) that might influence when yours starts.
        I have known people to have all those signs, and periods still not happen for another year or two.
        All you can do is just wait, and have some period supplies in your school bag. And if you are really worried about them starting unexpectedly, period pants are a lifesaver.
        Sorry, I can’t be any more helpful!

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    Hi.. I am 10 years old and I have discharge since January I have a lot of pubic hair and less armpit hair my mom got it at 14 but I have one symptom when do you think it will happen

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      Hi Avni, you need 3 things for a period – pubic and/or armpit hair, breasts to have started growing and vaginal discharge. With discharge, there is the kind that happens as the vaginal keeps itself clean. And then there is a different kind, which is your cervix/uterus getting ready for periods.

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    Hi, I’m 11 and I’ve had all of the things that I need for a period but my breasts are growing very slowly but everything else is growing at quite a quick pace. I’ve done a lot of period quiz’s and they all say that I’m getting close. I have these signs and I was wondering if you could maybe give me an idea about when my period might come, my signs are cramping, mood swings, pubic hair, tender breasts and a lot of discharge
    Thank you Emily

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    Hi I’m 10 and I have discharge cramps pubic hair no armpit hair mood swings everyonce and a while my mom got it late(16)and I don’t know if I will have it late but I have the symptoms oh yea and my breast’s have started to develop what do you think the tests I took said soon and in the next six months.

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