Period Must-Haves and DIY Rice Heat Pack Tutorial

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Period Must-Haves and DIY Rice Heat Pack Tutorial

If you’re a woman, you know all too well how bad a period can be.  Menstrual cramps, headaches, bloating, and even the unpredictability of periods are just a few things that make many a woman dread “that time of the month.”

This is why it’s important to track your period using your planner or a women’s health app and make sure you are always prepared with the period supplies you need.

U by Kotex

I have a full list of period must-haves.  Number one on my list is U by Kotex® products.  They have a number of great products to get you through every stay of your period.  These include U by Kotex® Barely There Liners, U by Kotex® Security® Ultra Thin Overnight Pads, U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Pads, U by Kotex® Sleek® Tampons, U by Kotex® Click® Tampons, and more!

As you can see, I purchased the U by Kotex® Barely There Liners and U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Pads in the regular and heavy flow options.


Feminine Hygiene Aisle at CVS

I purchased my find U by Kotex® products at CVS.  You can find them in the feminine hygiene section.

CVS is also a great place to shop for my other period must haves:

  • Pain Reliever
  • Bottled Water
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Disposable Heat Packs
  • Electronic Heat Pads

DIY Rice Heat Pack

Of course, the disposable heat packs can get expensive, and the electronic heat pad can sometimes be an inconvenience.  For this reason, I like to have an alternative.  My alternative is a DIY Rice Heat Pack, and today I’m going to show you how to make these.

Rice Pack Supplies

Here’s What You Need:

  • Piece of Fabric (here I’m using a 12″x12″ square)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Rice
  • Essential Oil (optional)


Fold Fabric Over

Start by folding your fabric over, as shown.

Pin The Sides

Then sew up the two sides.  If you need to, you can secure the fabric with pins first to make sure the fabric stays in place and your stitches stay straight.

Fill with Rice

Leave the top open (like a sack).  Fill pack up with rice.

If you’d like you can add essential oils to your rice.  Oils that work especially well for menstrual cramps include clary sage, lavender, rose, sweet majoram, and evening primrose.

Then sew up the top.  Again, it may be helpful to use pins to make for easier sewing (and to keep the rice from spilling as you go).

DIY Rice Heat Pack

To use the rice heat pack, simply place it in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until warm.

U by Kotex

For more tips and tricks, check out the U by Kotex® social hub.  I also invite you to give us your own thoughts and tips on this topic by commenting on this post!


  1. This is such a great idea for those annoying cramps! Thank you! (client)

  2. Barbara Montag says

    I wish there would have been products like this back when I was still having periods.
    Thanks for an informative post.

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  4. Janet W. says

    My daughter gets extremely bad cramps. I’ll have to tell her about this!

  5. I agree with your period mush haves, especially the heat packs!

  6. Julie Wood says

    I love your beautiful Rice Heat pack and think the U by Kotex are the best sanitary napkins and tampons with the liners are the best in making me feel protected!

  7. Dana Rodriguez says

    That is really creative! Thanks for showing us how to make one!

  8. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for sharing- due to surgery I not longer get periods but I still have awful stomach cramps when I accidentally eat something I shouldn’t and so this is such a cute idea for helping that! I can’t have traditional wheat heat bags so I am definitely trying this one.

  10. Stephanie Grant says

    I love this! I have a heat sock that I made from an older sock that no longer had his match but this would be even better! Thanks for the idea.

  11. Oh this is such a neat and easy idea! We got one something like this years ago for our little one, and could really use a few more. I am going to have to try to make some for us!

  12. Leigh Anne Borders says

    What a great idea to help relieve the effects of that time of the month! I will have to make one.

  13. Lisa Brown says

    Great idea. I like the Kotex brand, reliable and comfortable.

  14. James Robert says

    I buy the tween pads like with this brand for my twin daughters but didn’t know I should be having them a heat pad. This dad is rather new to all of this stuff so glad you shared this piece of information. I need to keep them prepared.

  15. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    Such A Creative Idea! Thanks For Sharing!

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