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My youngest daughter, who everyone calls the “mini me” is growing up! Can we have a moment of silence while I cry a little? Seriously though, she’s leaving her pre-teen years and will be heading back to school as a full-fledged teenager…eek!
In my eyes, she’s still my baby, but I know the time will soon come when she’ll shave her legs, wear makeup and have her first period. While she’s looking forward to growing up and using more beauty products, she’s also expressed her fears of having her first period. To help ease her mind and feel more confident as she transitions into a young lady, we created her first Back to School Teen Pre-Cycle & Beauty Survival Kit.
To help my daughter feel good and prep her for the first period, we headed to Walgreens to stock up on the number one “must have” for a cycle kit, the pads!
Since my daughter is active and required to take P.E., U by Kotex CleanWear® by U Pads are the perfect pads for her. U by Kotex CleanWear® pads are ultra-thin, flexible and designed to move with her body. She’s lucky to never have to experience a thick pad that makes you walk like a duck. Plus, the 3D core locks away any wetness while the secure fit wings help prevent bunching and scrunching.
I know it may seem early to put together a cycle kit for back to school, but one of the bonuses of putting together this kit early is the promotional offer that Walgreens is currently running – Buy $15 of participating U by Kotex / EOS / BIC products and get 3,000 Balance Reward Points. I took full advantage of this promo and bought the regular U by Kotex CleanWear Pads, EOS Coconut Milk Lip Balm and BIC Soleil Color Collection Razors.
Our Walgreens had a display next to the beauty counter register that had a lot of the items we needed for our kit. If your Walgreens doesn’t have the display, you can find many of the kit items in their designated areas: U by Kotex CleanWear® pads in the feminine care aisle, BIC Shavers in the shaving aisle and EOS Lip Balms can be found all over the store.
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The supplies for this kit are broken down into two lists: back to school teen period items and back to school beauty items.
Back to School Teen Period Items –
- Bag – Get your daughter involved and let her pick out her bag.
- U by Kotex CleanWear® by U Pad – Pack regular and heavy pads. Don’t forget to show her how to use and dispose of them.
- Panty Liners – For everyday wear or light protection.
- Panty – In case a period happens at school.
- Spare Bottom – In case of a leak.
- Plastic Bag – To hold any soiled clothes.
- Feminine Wipes (optional) – Having a period can make you feel yucky. Add in some feminine wipes for a quick clean up and fresh feeling.
- Snack – Who doesn’t need some candy?! Pick something that won’t melt or make a mess.
- Pain Reliever – For cycle aches, cramps, and general headaches. Make sure you consult with your physician.
- Mini Calendar or Period Tracker App (0ptional) – Give her a way to keep track of her cycle. My girl is glued to her phone, so an app is best for us.
Back to School Teen Beauty Items –
- EOS Lip Balm – We live in the desert and the air is always dry. Having a good lip balm is a must to prevent chapped and cracked lips. Let’s face it…who can concentrate at school when your lips hurt.
- BIC Soleil Shaver – I’ve had times that I’ve forgotten to shave my underarm and rushed out of the house with semi-hairy pits. I know, TMI, but it’s true! Since my daughter wears mostly sleeveless tops to school, a BIC Shaver was added to the kit.
- Tissue – For sneezes, running noses, and even bloody noses. It’s always a good idea to have tissue in any beauty kit.
- Travel size hair brush – Tame unruly hair. You never know when a selfie moment may pop-up.
- Oil blotters – Teens almost always have oily skin. To help prevent oil build-up and shine, include some oil blotters.
- Hair ties or hair clips – Trying to stretch hair ties around my daughter’s thick hair can sometimes be a test in muscle strength. She’s broken a lot of hair ties and unleashing her mane can almost block out the sun. Love you, honey! Anyway, even if your daughter doesn’t wear her hair up, you never know when a bad hair day will strike.
- Nail file – I think it’s safe to say that chipped nails drive most girls crazy. Add it in the beauty kit and save her sanity.
- Deodorant or body spray – Changing hormones and bodies often come with teen funk. Adding a deodorant or body spray will help ensure your teen smells good at all times of the day. Plus, deodorant is a required school supply for P.E.
- Lotion – Having dry skin is no fun. A small travel size lotion will help keep skin hydrated. We filled a clear travel bottle with her favorite lotion.
- Hand Sanitizer (optional) – My daughter is a bit of a germaphobe, so a hand sanitizer is a “must have” beauty item for her.
- Gum or mints – It’s not cute to have bad breath…add these in!
Putting It Together
Tips for packing the bag:
- Keep the period items and beauty items on separate sides.
- Use the plastic bag and panty as a divider between the two sides.
- U by Kotex CleanWear® Pad – To distinguish the different flow pads, use one color packaging for regular flow pads (we chose green) and the other colors for heavy flow pads.
- Don’t forget the supply checklist!
Creating a Back to School Teen Pre-Cycle & Beauty Survival Kit was a great opportunity to reinforce the lines of open communication and fun activity to bond with my “big” girl. The kit not only allowed me to show my daughter how to use pads and some new beauty items, it helped ease my daughter’s period anxiety by helping her take control over her first period and view it in a more positive manner.
How do you survive your cycle? What would you include in your Teen Pre-Cycle & Beauty Survival Kit?
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