This is something I plan to do for my daughter and wish my mom would of done for me. I would recommend giving this kit and talking her through it around the 4th or 5th grade. Click for my horrible coming of age story.
I will be doing a two part blog post about this. The post you are reading now will help you make your daughter’s emergency bag, in part 2, I will help you make the full box that the bag goes into along with talking points and better ways to explain to your child what is going on.
Please have a talk with your child and to make growing up easier for you and her both, make her a Survival Kit, this will open doors to communication for years on out. You can put whatever you want into yours but I will also add what I would of loved to had and I will also include some print out talking point/question sheet to add to the bag to make for easier discussion.
For easier shopping, I’ve added pictures for you to click on, once you’re on the site all you have to do is add the items to your cart, continue shopping and then check out. You can either get the items delivered to your home or they can ship to store. I highly recommend getting all the items for the kit like this to save money, save time and not to forget anything!
– 4. A cute tampon bag a.k.a. sanitary bag (These are like tiny makeup bags, tell her to take the tampons/panty liners outof the survival kit and place them in the little pouch and throw them in her purse so they don’t fall all over the place or get damaged. Even if she hasn’t started her period yet, she should carry it with her, just in case. This will make sure she doesn’t get embarrassed by a tampon falling out in public and it keeps them all in one place and easy to find.)
– 6. A new pair of panties (Just in case it comes unexpected. I would recommend a pair of white cotton bikini cut panties. Not only does the cotton let you breathe more so there won’t be as much of a smell but wearing white panties decreases the chances of an UTI.)
I know these talks are uncomfortable but you don’t want your child growing up ashamed of their bodies, self-harm or finding the wrong answers from other people. Please have a talk with your child and to make it easier for you and her both, make her a Survival Kit. You can put whatever you want into yours but I will also add what I would of loved to had and I will also include some print outs to add to the bag to make for easier discussion.
The rest of the supplies we didn’t use will go into the bathroom for later/home use. You should recommend filling the cute makeup bag with the just in case products and keep it in her locker at school.