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I have two teen daughters and was once a teen myself (believe it or not, my dear daughters!). Once a month, every month, I have successfully and even happily survived one, two and three female cycles. I’ve put together a teen period and PMS survival kit that includes a DIY tie-dyed rice heat pack and helps us make sure that every day is a better day in our home and family no matter what time of the month it is.
Teen Period & PMS Survival Kit – Tie-Dyed Rice Heat Pack
A big part of being a woman is learning what works for you each month to not only survive but thrive during that time of the month. Having your cycle shouldn’t be something you dread each month, in fact it really is part of the miracle called our amazing female bodies. I’ve worked to teach my daughters tips to negotiate their cycles so that they can appreciate the strength and marvel of their own bodies.
I have found that a rice heat pack is great way to soothe your body during your cycle. I’ve made rice heat packs before, but wanted to make one that is a bit more fun with a tie-dyed cover to add to the cycle survival kit.
I was doing some tie-dyeing with my kids and threw in a couple of extra pieces of cotton fabric I’d been holding onto (you know, just in case… uh, I had extra dye left over someday and didn’t want to waste it). You want to be sure to use cotton fabric since you’ll be putting it in the microwave to heat. I folded the fabric accordion style and then placed the rubber bands at intervals down the length of the fabric. I tie-dyed the fabric following directions on the tie-dye kit. If you haven’t tie-dyed before, you may want to check out my 10 Tips from Our First Tie-Dyeing.
When the fabric from my just-in-case stash dried, I cut 2 rectangles about 6 inches by 7 1/2 inches, allowing for 1/4 inch seams. You’ll want to be sure to use cotton thread, again because you’ll be putting it in the microwave.
Place the right sides of the fabric together (although, if you used plain white cotton to tie-dye, it really shouldn’t make a difference). I sewed around all sides of the rectangle, leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening so that I could turn the bag right-side out. Once the bag was turned right-side out, I sewed a seam about 1/4 inch in from the edge, but still left the opening. I sewed the second seam to reinforce the edges and to keep any wayward grains of rice from sneaking out of the heat pack.
I filled the heat packs with rice I already had in my pantry. I used a rolled up piece of paper to make a funnel and simply filled the heat pack comfortably full. I needed enough wiggle room to be able to sew the opening closed, but other than that, it’s a personal preference how full you fill the pack. For more detailed sewing instructions and photos, check out the DIY Rice Heat Packs I made from recycled slacks.
These DIY tie-dyed rice heat packs can be heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (depending on your microwave). Add a cup of water sitting next to the rice heat pack in the microwave to keep the rice and cotton from scorching. They work wonderfully for the cramps and aches you may experience during your period (and the happy tie-dyed fabric is a mood pick-me-up).
Once I had the rice heat packs made, I popped over to Walgreen’s to pick up the other items I need for the cycle survival kit. I found U by Kotex Curves® and U by Kotex® Lightdays Liners in the feminine hygiene aisle.
Items for a Teen Period & PMS Survival Kit
U by Kotex Curves® provides protection for lighter flow days with the CleanWear® cover that is soft and more comfortable. The pads are individually wrapped in 4 different bright, bold colors and 3 different designs, which a bit more fun for a teen cycle survival kit.
U by Kotex® Lightdays Liners are a great choice for when you need something for light days, backup support, or just want to feel fresh. It’s designed to flex with your body and breathable, soft cover.
Soothing the physical and emotional symptoms of your period is just as important as taking care of the practical issues. A tie-dyed rice heat pack or heat pad is a great way to soothe aches and cramps. A product designed to soothe physical symptoms, especially one designed for teens, is a big help, too. A relaxing aroma, like a lavender lotion, sachet or candle, can soothe some of the emotional symptoms of having your period. As always, please be safe when lighting or burning a candle.
We try to focus on a health diet in my family. My children get flavored drinks, cookies and candy on special occasions, not every day. Sometimes you just deserve a treat as a pick-me-up. I try to include a special treat in the cycle survival kit. I usually add one special treat to surprise my daughters and let them know I’m thinking of them. A flavored drink, chocolate cookies or chocolate candy is a great choice.
Taking a few minutes to put together a cycle survival kit can really make an impact in turning that time of the month into a better time so that your daughter can focus on how amazing her body and cycle truly is.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.