What if I get my period away from home?

Written by Jen Bell

  |  Reviewed by Staci Tanouye, M.D.

It is very likely that at some point in your life you WILL get your period when you’re away from home. The best way to handle this situation is to be prepared by always carrying a few period essentials in your bag, or keep some in your locker at school. It is also likely that someone nearby will have some products that you can use. If you think you’re going to get your period soon, try to wear an underwear liner or your period underwear in preparation and always take a couple of pads or tampons with you when you go out.

If you get it at school…

If you get your period while at school, try asking a friend, teacher or school nurse, or check the nearest restroom — some have a supply of period products. In an emergency, you can always fold up some toilet paper and place it in your underwear as a safeguard until you can find a period product.

If you get it in the middle of class…

If you are in the middle of class and feel your period coming on, you can always raise your hand to be excused or privately ask the teacher if you can go to the bathroom.

If you get it while you’re out…

If you don’t have any products on you, ask a friend or trusted adult. Some public restrooms still have tampon vending machines or a supply of period products, but you can’t always count on these options. If there’s no other option, you can always fold up some toilet paper and place it in your underwear as a safeguard until you can find a period product.