Tween Girls Emergency Toiletry Bag

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

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My kids are growing up with my eldest daughter soon to be 12 in the next few weeks.  It’s her first year of high school this year, she is so excited.  At this age girls are starting to go through changes, bra’s, crushes and periods.  I have noticed that many girls these days are getting their first period sooner than what we did when we were younger. We all have our scary first period story – it wasn’t discussed in my family and when it happened to me I wasn’t prepared and was very scared with no idea what was happening.  Because of this I have been really open with my girls explaining to them the changes their body will be going through soon and explaining how they will get an unexpected visit of their first period.

When Miss tween started school last year, year 6, aged 11, I packed an ’emergency toiletry bag’ for her school bag for the unexpected moment she will need it.

What to pack in a girls emergency toiletry pack:

  • Small toiletry bag
  • 2 pads
  • spare undies
  • tissues
  • small plastic bag (nappy bag)

Tweens emergency toiletry bagYou don’t want the bag to be too bulky, as it needs to stay discreet in their school bag.  Talk to your daughter about what to do if she get’s her period while she is at school, how to change and discuss if it’s OK if she can call you and come home or if you want her to stay at school, with her knowing before hand it will make this experience a lot calmer for her.

It’s never too early to be prepared.

This video below is hilarious, it is an ad for an American company HelloFlo selling their girls starter kits.

What tips do you have for preparing another parent of a tween for this occasion?

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Deb xo January 22, 2015 - 6:06 AM

I have this on the go for my daughter, however I use a small pencil case instead of a toiletry bag, much more discreet if it was to be ‘seen’ and a lot smaller, everything still fits in perfectly.

Donna January 22, 2015 - 7:15 AM

Yes I agree, I have twin girls and one got her periods 6 months ago. Her teachef suggested the pencil case, she said there is less chance of being teased.

Rowena Hope January 22, 2015 - 7:37 AM

Pencil case- brilliant. We are not to far away from this season I the moodiness is anything to go by so I have been thinking about this for this year or next.

Belinda Foster January 22, 2015 - 7:06 AM

My daughter has a couple of wet wipes in a snap lock bag as well,

Sarah January 22, 2015 - 7:11 AM

Wet wipes is a great idea!

Vonni January 22, 2015 - 8:08 AM

Thank goodness I have boys!!

That video was priceless though.

Julia K January 22, 2015 - 8:15 AM

My poor DD was in Thailand when she got her first period. It was the day we were leaving and we just had to go to a 7/11 store in Phuket and buy some non-descript brand of pads. Poor darling then had to put up with the flight home…

Anyhow – after we got home I gave her a gift bag filled with about 8 different brands / sizes of packets of pads and a couple of packs of tampons for when she’s a bit older. I also included a Dolly Magazine and a large block of chocolate. I told her to ask for Panadol if she gets cramps – but the chocolate often works best ! The rationale behind all the different products is that we are all different and it’s up to her to find what works for her. She is a year older now and knows what she prefers so I just make sure we are well stocked. I remember my mum giving me some “old lady” brand of pads (I think they were called “Modess” and they were designed to be used with a sanitary belt (what the ?)). Needless to say – I wanted my DD to have a different experience !

Julia K January 22, 2015 - 8:25 AM

DD is in High School and they have lockers so it’s really easy to have an emergency kit on hand.

Mandy, Barbie Bieber and Beyond January 22, 2015 - 9:18 AM

Even as older teens it’s advisable to have an emergency kit on hand, sometimes even as 40 something adults, when we are starting to get a bit unpredictable (if you know what I mean) it’s handy. Great tips Katrina, I have given it a share on my FB page for you.

TB January 22, 2015 - 9:31 AM

At our school they were given small black purses from libra for free. Some promotion they do to all schools. Each purse has samples in it. Worth checking out.

Gemma January 22, 2015 - 11:02 AM

Most brands in Australia offer sample kits of their products for free. Just sign up on their websites. A newer product many people are unaware of is menstrual cups like Lunette. Sustainable and affordable.

Karen January 22, 2015 - 11:23 AM

I love the pencil case idea for their school bags. Our 10 year old has started her period though very irregular and very light at the moment, I nearly cried when I saw it. I started at 9 and like you Katrina didn’t have a clue what it was so have made sure that our daughter has a better idea than I did. So sad they are growing up so quick now. Thank you though for the great idea.

Heidi P January 22, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Although pads are generally the less scary option for first timers I’m all for being open about the options available. My mother was very closed minded and only bought granny pads, which were very unsuitable for me. I ended up buying my own tampons and it was ten years before I discovered a menstrual cup. This is the best invention ever and I wish I had known about it a long time ago. So be careful not to let your preferences depict what your daughters will have, give them the option to explore what they are comfortable with.

KezUnprepared January 22, 2015 - 5:09 PM

What a fantastic blog post. I do not have a daughter but I was/am one.
I got my period aged 11 (still kind of early compared to a lot of my friends back then) and it was still a giggly, freaky thing that made you stand out at the time should your friends find out. I kept it a secret for a long time and who knows, maybe some of my friends did too and I never knew!
I had to hide my pads and while my mum provided me with all the stuff I’d need (she was awesome), I don’t think we thought to give it a little, discreet bag to keep it all safe together. I think I just hid it in the front pocket of my school bag and prayed no-one would go in there.
Once, a girl in my year (the bully) teased me mercilessly because I think she’d found my stuff (why I didn’t think to get angry that she invaded my privacy I do not know). Truth is, I think perhaps she had her period too and thought by bullying me, she’d take the heat off herself. I was mortified but just kept denying what she said and hoped it would blow over.
Please, parents, read this and equip your daughters! We do get our periods quite early sometimes!! I am so so lucky my mum had mentioned it before it happened to me. The morning I woke up with it (such a relief it came overnight and not in public), I knew what it was immediately. I know many of my friends’ parents would not have prepared them in time for grade 6 thinking it was years away!
The 11 year old me feels grateful to you for covering this topic so nicely 🙂
I hope if I ever have a daughter that I’ll be able to make it as easy for her as possible when the time comes x

Waverly January 23, 2015 - 11:38 AM

My daughter got her period at 10 1/2. I also had a pencil case put together with a couple of pads, small pack of wet wipes, tissues and a new pair of knickers (still in the packet) for just in case. She carried her pencil case with out needing it for 12 months when a friend got her 1st period at school. The pencil case was very much appreciated not only by the young lady, but also by her mum.

Gina January 23, 2015 - 1:43 PM

Great idea and something I had planned to do when the time came. I think all parents of girls should do this! I was so unprepared when I got mine at 10 – it was horrific! And there was no discretion after the fact either!

Izzy January 23, 2015 - 10:32 PM

My girls are older and I thought I would share that you can go onto the websites of companies which sell sanitary products and request free samples for young girls. These often come with an appropriate “purse” or case for the items. It’s also a good way for young girls to try a variety of products without you having to purchase them all. That way they can’t decide which type suits them. my girls received some information with these and hav a couple of different packs in bags they use regularly one in the school bag one in the choir bag etc…

Sue R January 24, 2015 - 9:14 AM

Please make sure the school knows of any medication in your daughter’s pack. This could alleviate any problems later on.

I was 12 when I first got my period, and it was very scary. My mum had, of course told me about it all, but I was still very unprepared. Thank goodness I got them overnight at home.

Susan Hartnett January 25, 2015 - 10:49 PM

I bought my daughter the book the care and keeping of you. I had her read the everything except the period part a few years ago, then here recently at school in a special health class the girls learned all about there periods and making a pouch and that night her bff stayed the night and those two were reading the part of the book and already being grossed out from school and then reading about tampons was hilarious for me not them .as i heard eww that’s gross I just remembered when I started and had to use the pads with the belt I am just really glad times have changed I would not want for my daughter to have to go through that.

AudreyGreenwood January 28, 2015 - 1:39 PM

Use the P Tracker app! It is a handy, must-have app for girls that has a calendar and ‘predicts’ when the next period is coming, ovulation, etc. It is a great learning tool and very simple to use, plus it helps build confidence due to removals of unwanted surprises.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Fantastic! I will certainly be looking into this app, thank you.:)

Kelli February 2, 2015 - 8:07 PM

i have 3 teenage boys (but constantly have a houseful of boys and girls), and keep emergency supplies in the bathroom cupboard with a discreet note on the door (you can’t miss it from the toilet). I restock as required (pads, tampons, wet wipes, undies of various sizes, nappy bags) no questions asked and have had several girls thank me! My boys are well educated to not questions frequency of bathroom visits, girls not wanting to go in the pool etc. We also have a huge box of condoms, lubricant and safe sex and drug education brochures in the bathroom cupboard (my boys are 16, 17 and 18). All the kids know to help them selves, no questions asked and I restock as required! Better prepared than regretful. I am impressed with how often the safe sex brochures are taken!

Ellie February 23, 2018 - 7:16 AM

I LOVE this comment so much. It’s certainly an approach I’d prefer to take with my kids regarding sexual health. And as for the stock in the bathroom cupboard for the girls even though you have sons, BLESS YOU! That is just such a kind thing to do. It seems to me like you’re raising healthy, open-minded and compassionate young men!

Betsy Shepherd November 8, 2017 - 11:46 AM

My daughter is 12 and started her period right before she went to summer camp last summer. I was in KentucKy where we live, and her grandparents were dropping her off. I had a feeling she might ave gotten it soon after that time, but I didn’t get mine until I was 13. She’s been carrying around an eyeglasses case with everything she needs in it and now uses tampons regularly (as her camp is right on a river and they swim, sail,etc., she had to use them her first period), and since she’s the only one of her friends who uses them,they all have questions. It’s so cute to see them all asking if it hurt, how can you pee with it in, and other things!


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