For those of you who are new to experiencing your period and want to know how to make this time of the month as easy as possible, we’ve outlined everything you need in your period survival kit.
Period Care ProductsFirst things first, you need to have sanitary care products in your kit. Whether you prefer tampons, pads, or a menstrual cup, be sure you are stocked up on the items you need to help absorb the blood. Initially, it may take you a while to determine which of these products work best for you, so it may be a good idea to have all or some combination of these items on hand for you to try out during your period. Feeling clean and comfortable should be your top priority when it comes to selecting your period care product of choice.
Spare UnderwearDuring your period, accidents are likely to occur. Leakage happens to the best of us, especially if you haven’t quite mastered just which sanitary products work best for you and your body just yet. Nonetheless, experiencing blood leakage in your underwear is normal and to be expected as you adapt to your period. This is why it’s a good idea to have a spare pair of underwear on hand in the event that you need to change. Any pair of quality women's underwearwill serve as a great backup option if your current pair can’t hold up to the flow of your period. While most underwear can be saved from permanent bloodstains with a strong stain remover, it’s not uncommon to have to throw some pairs away that aren’t capable of being saved. It can’t hurt to stock up on underwear to combat this issue.
Pain MedicationAs you begin to experience your period, you may find that the cramps are the worst part of the entire experience. Unfortunately, it just comes with the territory. That’s where pain medication comes into play. Pain medication for period cramps can be a saving grace for many women who suffer from severe cramping. From ibuprofen (Advil) to acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a combination of Acetaminophen/Pamabrom/Pyrilamine (Midol) can all help ease your pain and reduce cramping caused by menstruation. Finding a safe and effective way to reduce your period pain is one of the most important parts of surviving your period and being able to go about your daily life.
Heating PatchesSometimes, no matter what you try to do to help alleviate your period pain, you may need to lay down for a while and use a heating patch to ease the cramping. Heating patches can help to relax the muscles in your uterus that are contracting, which is causing the painful cramping. For this reason, a heating patch should be an essential in your period survival kit. The benefit of using a heating patch is that you can easily attach it to your body without it being bulky or noticeable. This is especially helpful if you aren’t in a situation where you can’t lay down, or need to be able to stay mobile while also treating your pain.
Gentle Cleansing WipesNo matter which sanitary care product you choose to use during your period, having some gentle feminine cleansing wipes on hand can be helpful for keeping your body clean and comfortable. From removing your tampon or menstrual cup, or replacing your pad, there will likely be a mess of some kind that will need to be cleaned up before you go about your day. A pack of baby wipes or feminine care wipes will help you stay mess-free and comfortable during your period.
Periods come around month after month, so it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’re just starting your menstrual cycle or you’ve been experiencing it for years, you’ll always want to have the above-mentioned items on hand. Make your next period a little more manageable by preparing your period survival kit.