How to Make a Back-to-School Period Emergency Kit

Never be caught empty-handed when your period starts ever again

We’ve all had the less-than-ideal experience of going to the bathroom only to realize—oops!— you’re all out of period supplies. You might decide to fashion an impromptu pad out of toilet paper or start asking around to see if anyone has extra pads or tampons to spare. However you choose to deal with the situation, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want it to happen again.

A period kit is an emergency bag filled with all of the period products, extra underwear and essentials you'll need for when your period starts unexpectedly. Say hello to carefree periods and goodbye to embarrassing situations and makeshift pads.



1. Find a container

Arguably the best part of creating your first period kit is searching for the right container to hold all of the necessary items. This can be as simple as a plastic zip lock bag or an old pencil case.

Make a day of it by heading to the thrift store and rummaging around their bag section. You're likely to find a variety of bags that can be repurposed for your period starter kit—a small pouch, an old wallet or an old makeup bag. When choosing the right container for your kit, make sure to have a pad or tampon with you to make sure that everything you'll need will fit inside the pouch.

Can't make it out? Ask a family member if they have an extra coin purse, makeup bag, or Tupperware container laying around that you can have. In a pinch, a simple plastic bag from the kitchen will work, but we recommend something sturdy and reusable.

2. Add menstrual products of your choice.

Fill the container with 3-4 of your menstrual products of choice  pads, reusable pads, tampons, period underwear or a menstrual cup  enough to last a whole day. And don't forget to replace with new tampons or pads after you've used them!

Bonus reading: How to use a tampon


3. Have a change of underwear

For those truly emergency situations, such as a first period or leaking tampon, it's beneficial to keep extra underwear in your period kit as well.

Nobody wants to sit in a sticky pool of blood, so it's a good idea to have a change of underwear on hand. It could be a regular pair of underwear or —even better — your favourite pair of Kt period underwearPeriod underwear isn't just a cute pair of undies—they're made specifically to hold a certain amount of blood, saving you from having to wear an additional pad or tampon throughout the day.

Pro tip: Keep the fresh underwear in a plastic bag, which you can use to store the stained underwear after you've swapped them out.

4. Add pain reliever

If you're one of the many unlucky ones who experience period cramps, a pain reliever is a must for any period kit. We all know what it feels like to sit in math class and not be able to focus because of the pain. Pack whichever pain reliever works best for you and forget about cramping at school.



5. Don't forget wipes

Periods can be messy, so it helps to have a small packet of water-based wet wipes on hand to clean up with. News flash: Cleansing wipes aren’t just for babies.


6. Pack a treat

If you're on your period and suddenly feel like you'd murder for a bite of chocolate, that's totally normal. Fluctuating hormones can lead to intense cravings for sweet or salty foods. Add one of your favorite treats to the container, whether it be dark chocolate, a sweet lollipop, or a salt granola bar—you'll thank yourself later. That's why it's called a survival kit, after all.


Now that you’ve gathered all the items you need, stash it in your backpack, locker or car. Hopefully, you'll be prepared for any period mishaps that might happen at sports practice, sleepovers or school.

Get a head start on period kits with Kt's help. Each kit features a selection of reusable pads or period underwear. The School Period Kit even comes with a mini bag, so you're able to throw it into your gym bag or your car's glove compartment stress-free.✨

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