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Tips for
your period
on holiday


Being prepared

Just because it’s your time of the month, doesn’t mean you have to cancel what you like doing.

Tampons allow you to go swimming and give you the confidence to carry on with all your normal activities such as going to your dance class, school trip, sleep overs and exercise too, so you’ve got no excuses to sit out! You’ve been looking forward to your holiday all year but it’s booked for your time of the month or you’re worried it may come unannounced!

We can’t stop this from happening. But, we do have some suggestions to make sure it’s not as big a deal as you think it might be.

Using tampons for the first time on holiday

If you haven’t tried using tampons before, try using them a few months before you go away. Our Lil-Lets Teens tampons are shorter and narrower, which makes them ideal for first time users. Once you’ve mastered the skill, they’re ideal to wear on holiday as they allow you to carry on with swimming and beach fun.

What if I don't want to use tampons on holiday?

If you’re still not up for giving tampons a try, there are ways you can get around wearing pads on holiday. Treat yourself to a few pairs of shorts to wear with your bikini and no one will be any the wiser. Or go for a bit of sightseeing and maybe try some activities away from the pool.

I'm already on holiday, what do I do?

If you’re reading this on holiday and you haven’t brought anything with you, head to the nearest supermarket or chemist where you’ll find a selection of products that you’ll need. The names of the products may be different but they'll have pictures on the front to tell you what’s inside. One last thing – if it does arrive, tell a grown-up as this is pretty big news and they’ll want to support you.

See Also

When is the right tIme
to use a tampon?
Swimming on your Period 10 things to do on holiday Ask Vicki


Add your Comment







Girly Wirly

HI Guys! I have been struggling with periods for such a long time but on my previous summer holiday I got lucky and I skipped it but this year I am going on holiday on the 18th my period starts at the 19th. I am literally so scared to try and put a tampon on this is freaking me out!!!!!!

To holiday girl from Period Pal

Yes that is great. If you do start it will be light so that is a good pack! From period pal ! Hope this helped x

To GIGI from period pal

Yes period swimwear is great , no tampons, no hassle! I really recommend them. Personally I have period bikini bottoms and they are amazing ! From Period pal Hope this helped x

Holiday girl to Period Pal

Hiya, I'm going on holiday soon and I haven't started my period yet, but i feel like it might start soon. I'm going for three days and I'm brining 4 pads, 3 liners and 3 tampons. is this okay? pls help

Gigi to Period Pal

Hiya, I've been reading your amazingly helpful comments, and I was just wondering, I've heard of period swimsuits so you don't have to use tampons. do these work? I'm going on holiday tomorrow and we're going swimming twice, and I've had quite a few signs that my period's near, discharge, breast growth, cramps and underarm and pubic hair. Just feel if it starts soon I don't want to start tampons. Thx

Period Pal

Little update / help for u guys if u r packing to go on holiday on ur period xx. What I take:. 4 day pads for each night, 1 night pad for each night, Black underwear, 4 tampons (if your are planning on going swimming for often or everyday ... Take more!), 10 liners for the whole vacation 🌼 Also remember to take paracetamol/feminine pain killers to help with cramps, (if you haven't started yet I would advise you to take some just in case because a little tablet can work wonders), Other things you might need ... Hot water bottle , menstrual cup (if you use them), wipes(make sure they are PH balanced), dark chocolate, hand sanitizer and any other essentials you might need ✨ I rlly hope this has helped x From your local Period Pal 💞 Ps. Any questions just make your NICKNAME To Period Pal: and I'll try and answer as many as I can X

In reply to Cat Lover/rabbit lover

Hi, just saying that amount of discharge before periods can vary. I had discharge for 3 and a half years before I got my period! Sorry if that's not helpful - Strawberry 3 xx


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