8 Tips on How to Stock Your Period Survival Kit
by Emery W.
It’s that time of the month again, ladies, and it is a doozy. That’s right, Aunt Flo, the queen of all that is evil, has arrived for her monthly visit, and while she’s a blessing to many of us who want that indication that we are NOT with child, she has a tendency to over stay her welcome.
Menstruation is becoming less of a taboo topic to talk about because most of us women have one fairly regularly, so what do you do when your lady parts hate you, and decide to be a bitch while you’re not at home? No worries, I’m giving you wonderful readers the inside scoop on what’s inside of my mobile period kit.
1. Tote Bag/Large Purse
If you’re the kind of lady like I am who absolutely HATES carrying purses so when you do, it’s the tiniest one possible, then for these on-the-go period essentials, you’ll need to invest in some form of tote bag, or large purse. Personally, I use an old hand-me-down laptop bag my best friend gave me when we moved out of our apartment, but you can pick one up cheap at your local thrift store, or Walmart.
The worst part of menstruation is probably the pain. Seriously, I could handle accidental blood leakage so much easier if it didn’t feel like Mount Vesuvius was erupting in my lower abdomen every two minutes. My product of choice is Tylenol Extra Strength, but choose whatever option is best for you. I pop two as soon as I wake up because I don’t know about you other ladies, but the first hour after waking up is the only time during the day I’m not cramping. After that, I’ll take two more every 4-6 hours depending on my level of pain (day 2 is seriously, the worst). Just remember to watch your intake, and to follow the directions on the bottle. No two bodies are exactly the same so what works for me, may not work for you.
It’s no shock that sometimes our periods are a bit heavier than expected, and it looks like the Red Sea is making its way out of our vaginas. That’s why it’s always important to carry extra underwear in case of leakage. You could also opt (like me) to wear the tampon + pad comp for extra security, but just in case, get you a nice, comfy pair of underwear to place in your bag.
4. Flannel/Light Cardigan
For those days when pads or tampons just don’t cut it, and you spot through both your underwear and your pants, it’s always nice to have an extra layer of security. Put a light flannel shirt, or cardigan in your bag to wrap around your waist in case of emergency. I got a super lightweight one at Walmart, but once again, your local thrift store should have something that works. Not only is having a long-sleeved something tied around your waist international woman code for, “Help me, I’m bleeding!” it’s also a cute fashion accessory so it’s as much of a win as you’re going to get during your cycle.
5.To-Go Kleenex Packs
Along with cramps, and uncontrollable bleeding comes the uncontrollable mood swings. I quite often find myself crying because I don’t have a family size pack of Pull ‘N Peel Twizzlers at work on a semi-regular basis. If you find yourself in this exact same situation, or anything similar, pick up a pack of Kleenex so that you’re ready for those unexpected water works.
One of my least favorite parts of menstruation is how icky I feel after being on the toilet. Even after I’ve just wiped with toilet paper, I still feel gross. I mean, I know I can’t be the only one who looks after wiping so you know, there’s a mess. Plus, there’s the blood residue that gets on your hand too. I’m used to it, and I still think it’s gross. An easy fix for that could be to get some type of wet wipe. Be sure to get the flushable kind, and even if you wipe your hand with it, wash your hands afterward. Good hygiene, ladies; it’s a necessity. I promise you’ll feel so much better, and it also helps with odors (along with changing your pad/tampon regularly).
I don’t know what it is, but something about hormones going out of whack makes me crave chocolate. I’m usually not much of a chocolate fan. In fact, I don’t buy it at all unless I’m on my period. I’m a preschool teacher, and if there’s one thing I’m known for, it’s having an emergency supply of chocolate (along with extra tampons, pads, and a bottle of Ibuprofen) hidden in a treasure box at work. See, us women have to take care of each other. However, when I’m not a work, I keep some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my period bag. I’ll freeze it overnight to counteract the inevitable melting caused by Texas heat, but when you’re craving, chocolate in any form is Heaven on Earth.
8.Notebook/Pad + Pen
Maybe this one is more of a personal preference, but I keep a journal during my period. It’s so important for me to write down my feelings and thoughts during this time so that I don’t lash out at anyone else. With the influx of hormonal abnormalities (that sounded smart, huh?), tempers have a tendency to flare. Instead of taking it out on someone else, write it down. Once you’re back to being categorized as normal-woman crazy, the things you wrote down will sound either hilarious, or incredibly profound.
Every woman, and every period is different so of course, not all of these things work for every person, but hopefully these help. At a time in our lives as women when it seems like everything is awful, and the world is obviously ending, we all need a little help.