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How to prepare for your first period

It’s smart to always be prepared!

In this section you’ll learn what to bring in your backpack so you’ll always be prepared for your period.

Being always prepared means carrying a couple of pads or tampons with you at all times even when you’re not expecting your period.

Things to pack for your first period
  • 2-3 pads or tampons
  • spare underwear
  • plastic bag

Bring an extra pair of panties just in case your first period soils your panties. This way you can change into a fresh pair. You can throw away the soiled panties or put them in the plastic bag and wash them at home.

When you become more comfortable with your period, you may find that you only need to carry pads and tampons. Most girls always have at least one or two pads or tampons with them at all times even when they’re not on their period.

If you don’t have pads on you, most public washrooms also have small vending machines that sell pads and tampons. They usually cost around a dime or a quarter.

Where do I carry all my supplies?
If you’re going to school, you can carry your period kit with you in your school bag, pencil case, make up case, or purse.

I like to carry mine in a small zipper pocket in my backpack. Does your school bag have a small pocket like mine?

If you don’t have a bag with you, you can always slip a pad or tampon in your pocket.

But what if I forget my supplies and I have no money?

Since most girls always have supplies with them, you can just ask another girl :)!

I know it may be a bit scary or awkward to ask another girl for a pad, especially a total stranger you don’t know! Luckily for us girls, we have the Girl Code!

The Girl Code is the unwritten rule of always helping out another girl when she needs a pad.

Girl Code

Most girls have been in this predicament before and we all know what that’s like. This is exactly why we have Girl Code.

I have used the Girl Code many times and it has never failed me. In my experience, when it comes to Girl Code, girls always go above and beyond to help one another.

I’ve even total strangers in public washrooms for pads and every single time, they have always shared their supplies with me! And when they didn’t have any, they would go out of their way to ask their friends or even offer to purchase one from the machine for me.

There have even been times when other girls saw me approaching the pad machine and offered me a pad without me even asking!

The Girl Code is no joke! So don’t be shy to ask another girl for a pad and always help another girl if she needs a pad!

Do you feel more prepared for your first period now? If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section below!

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About Dedy Wong

Dedy is the founder of The Period Blog and creator of The Little Red Kit. Her period is around 30 days long and likes to use pads and tampons -although she has tried just about everything including menstrual cups and period subscription boxes!


  1. This blog is awesome!

  2. I am, like, super exited to get my period, and I try to get access to the supplies that my mom has, but, I wimp out when I go to ask her. I used to have a kit that I made myself, but, it got smushed in my drawer. I love your blog!

  3. Hi,
    This question isn’t really period related but i couldn’t find anywhere else to ask this. So i like to shave my pubic hair, it always makes me feel more confident, clean, happy and overall better. But my mom tells me that if i remove my pubes, i will look like a pornstar and people will think of me that way. I do not feel like a pornstar when i shave but she tells me that that is how i will appear to the world. Is this true, or is it just my 45 year old mother that doesn’t undertstand?
    thank you, i just don’t really know where else to go to ask this.

    • Hi E,

      Your mom will express her opinion to you because she’s probably worried about you and you are her young daughter. That’s just how she sees the world. In the end – you will form your own opinions and make your own decisions. It’s part of growing up. Everyone will have different opinions but in the end only yours will matter. Sometimes I shave and sometimes I don’t. It’s up to you :).

      Your friend,
      The PEriod Blog

      • OK, this is just growing Up related, but I have shaved once and I haven’t got anymore hair within 1-2 months, is this a problem!

  4. I am eleven and have had my discharge about six months now . I carry a pantiliner everywhere and have pretty much every single symtom .i am suspecting my period in april but i dont know what to suspect i have light to heavy discharge but it seems more steady now any advice?

    • did you get your period? if not, it will come later, maybe it has already or it should come around August//September. when did your mother or older sister (if you have one) get theirs?

  5. im 12 and i have started getting wierd vaginal discharge. I have never had my period and im not sure if this means im going to? I haven’t had cramps but instead stomach aches,j but i already have hair and breats. My mom had it when she was 14 and im suspected to as well, does anyone know if this is a sign?

    • Hey, same here! I ham 12 and have had discharge for about a year and no period yet. I’ve been having cramps though ugh. It’s my birthday on 3rd June and I REALLY hope I don’t get it then!!

    • Sounds like we all have the same problem! I am 12 and having just a creamier vaginal discharge, I’m thinking it will come when I turn 13 in December. this has been going on for a couple of months now, I’m thinking from about June. I still haven’t been experiencing cramps like Lilly though, how do I know I am getting REALLY close to my period though?

      • Hi Rayna,

        Sometimes it is hard to tell. Some girls will experience brown or reddish vaginal discharge nearing their period. I hope that helps :).

        Your friend,
        The Period Blog

  6. I’m 12 (since August) and I have every single symptom of periods (except cramps but i heard that not everyone gets cramps) and my mom got her period when she was 12 (maybe 13). Im kinda concerned about when I’ll get it
    Ive already had the talk and everything

    • Hi Nadia,

      As long as you are prepared then you should be okay! Make sure you have some pads with you at ALL times.. that means when you go to school, the library, the gym… etc etc… everywhere and a pair of extra panties too. If you have any questions, don’t be shy to post them here :).

      Your friend,
      The Period Blog

  7. thax 4 ya advice i am interested in you program

  8. Hi, I have had PMS for about a week. I know because I had close to all of the symptoms listed in your PMS article. When do you think I will get my first period? I even had a cramp on one side of my lower belly. My mom said I am ovulating. Thanks!

    • Hi Imani,

      It sounds like you will be getting your period soon. It *can* also be a sign that you are ovulating. If you are indeed ovulating – then you should expect to see your period in around 2 weeks. Truth is – since this is all happening inside our bodies, we kind of have to make a best guess! It is hard to be sure sometimes especially for yoru first period. Just be prepared and stock up on pads :)!

      Good luck!

      Your friend,
      The Period BLog

  9. Wow, this is amazing! I will defidently start carrying pads with me to school. I have tooken quizzes and I will be getting my period in a year, tops! I have a small stash in my bedroom my mom doesn’t know about. :)

    I love your blog so much!

  10. Thank you very much bout this information, i ddnt know how to calculate when my perios days now you ve helped me a lot with your info. I now know everything and will start being prepared for it, thank you very much

  11. I loved the info about chocolate! The best explanation ever! Love Your articles!

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