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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


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Period tips for summer


I got mine when I was away and Supposed to be at a ballet competition. It was extremely annoying but luckily I had 2 of my sister's with me and this article so it definitely works!


It’s totally normal !!

To PeriodPal

I have left a note to my mum about maybe getting new products as all I have right now are pads I don't know if that was a good idea or if I have made a bad decision I'm currently on my period and get emotional with the slightest sad or overwhelming thing so that is why I left the note.

Period on Holiday

Hello. I went on a holiday about two months ago now and I got my period the day we were going on the plane. I didn’t know until we got to our destination and had sat there for a whole four hour flight feeling odd and thinking that I was ill. It was dreadful as I hadn’t thought to pack any pads or tampons and I was on a HEAVY period. I ended up using toilet paper from the hotel instead. I bled through my pyjamas and hid them from my mum as I was embarrassed. It was dreadful I had cramps and aching legs and headaches and mood swings. I do not recommend it. Some advice to people in the future: . Don’t do what I did and forget to being period products . Wear a pair of swimming trunks over you swimming costume (or wear shorts and a rash vest) . If you can, buy some pads out there. I couldn’t, but if you can it would help . Tell someone about it . Enjoy your holiday P.S: contrary to what has previously been discussed in the comments, there are (legal) drugs that can be taken to prevent periods, just ask your doctor.

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


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