The only thing worse than a late period is an early one, amiright ladies? An unexpected visit from your flow can have you caught all kinds of unprepared.

Of course, this never seems to happen when you’re home in your own bathroom, within easy reach of a multipack of tampons. OF COURSE it doesn’t. Instead your period betrays you and arrives at the worst possible moment. For example…

1. When you’re sleeping at your friend’s house

Bloodying your own sheets is one thing. Bloodying your mate’s is a whole other, somewhat embarrassing, ballgame – especially when their mum arrives upstairs to change them and ask if you need fresh PJs. Why yes, Carol, that would be great. Now LEAVE.

2. When you’re sleeping at your grandma’s house

Sure, Grandma is sympathetic, but she hasn’t had a period since 1989. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TAMPONS! She’ll probably cut up a towel and make you shove a bit in your knickers until she makes it to the shops and back with your supplies. Sigh.

3. When you’re on a plane

That window seat seems like a great catch until you need to escape to the bathroom at speed and the two people beside you are sound asleep. They won’t take kindly to you climbing over them, either; not least because they’ll wake up to your bloody crotch in their faces.

4. When you’re on the beach

When will beaches start providing more public toilets, eh? And even if there are facilities, that won’t stop all your guy mates asking why you can’t just pee in the sea, then starting rumours about you pooing at the beach. If only they knew the pain and suffering you were going through. Meh.

5. When you’re camping

What was that you read about bears being able to smell blood?

6. When you’re wearing white jeans

Not only are your jeans ruined, but so is your self-esteem. Thanks, womb lining.

7. When you’re in the middle of an extra-long assembly at school

You know if you stand up and try to run to the bathroom the head teacher will ask you – in front of the entire school – where you’re going. And you know if they ask you that you’ll burst into tears. Hormones are evil.

8. When you’re in the middle of a really long hockey game

You can’t lose this match, but you also can’t focus on your stick work for worrying blood is going to start trickling down your leg soon.

9. When you’re having your birthday party

Someone else’s birthday party = unfortunate. Your own birthday party = just plain torture.

10. When you’ve just changed your sheets

You didn’t spend half an hour trying to change your duvet colour, only for it to be stained red hours later.

11. Anytime other than when you expected it

Please stick to the schedule, period. Didn’t we have a deal?

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You… yes you! You can keep your BIG NIGHTS OUT and trips to the cinema, because as far as I’m concerned you absolutely can’t beat a sleepover. Seriously, from my cat’s birthday to Halloween, New Year’s Eve to the Strictly Come Dancing final – give me a half-baked ‘occasion’ and I’ll grab a mate, some snacks and a sleeping bag.

But isn’t having your friends round for dinner practically the same thing, you ask? Well no. No it isn’t. Yes, having your friends over for a homemade feast is fantastic, but having them stay the night is a whole different – and far superior – ball game.

Here’s why…

Blossom sleepover

Quality friendship time

We’re all so busy that under normal circumstances it’s hard to spend more than a couple of hours with a mate (usually sandwiched between boring commitments you’d sell a kidney to avoid). Sleepovers however guarantee a good 12 – 16 hours of solid gold quality friendship time. Keeerching!

You always have THE BEST conversations just before you drop off to sleep

Whether it’s a drunk-on-tiredness confessional or something nonsensical but pee-your-pants funny, some of my most memorable convos with friends have happened just before we’ve departed for snoozeville.

The munch

Everyone knows a good sleepover should involve food. LOTS OF FOOD. Basically, it’s the perfect excuse to totally overindulge – if you don’t wake up with a Haribo-induced tummy ache you’re doing it wrong.

The morning after the night before

Although you’ll probably wake up with a stiff neck and Doritos crumbs on your face in a room that reeks of ‘body’, the morning after a sleepover is still THE BEST. Because if there’s a better way to start the day than eating tea and toast in your pjs, in front of Princess Diaries, surrounded by your besties, we wanna hear about it.

Bff bonding

Sleeping next to someone is obviously a pretty intimate act, which is why a sleepover is a great way to bond. Nothing says friends4eva like a bit of occasional spooning.

Cheaper than chips

Broke (or just trying to save your pennies for a rainy day), but also in need of some serious friend time? Then a sleepover is your saviour, as they literally don’t have to cost you a penny. We know… genius!

Totes on trend

You’ve heard of ‘hygge’ – the hot-right-now Danish lifestyle trend which is basically all about being cosy – right? Well what could be more hygge than midnight hot chocolates under the duvet with your soul sisters? We think we’ve made our case.

And because I’m such a sleepover connoisseur, here are my top tips for the perfect slumber party:

1. Friends. You will need some. Ideally no more than five. Sleepovers should be intimate (not like THAT) and chill, and if the group’s too big it’ll splinter off into sub-groups and probably end in tears – or at least tension. Also – who has room to sleep more than five extra people in their house? Exactly.

Sleepover gif

2. Food. You will need some. In fact, the more the better. Sleepovers are all about homely indulgence – no one should ever feel peckish. Main meal wise, you really can’t beat pizza or, if you’re feeling fancy, fajitas. But don’t stop there. You’ll also need snacks, lots of snacks.

 

Little Mix eating pizza

3. Entertainment. If you’re planning to watch a movie, please learn from my past mistakes and make it one you’ve all watched a million times before. There’s absolutely no way you’re all going to stay quiet the whole way through (or be able to pause every time someone needs a loo break), so watching something that will require your full concentration is a recipe for sleepover disaster.

Sleepover girls

Now, go forth and slumber! Or at least lie in the dark and try to, until one of you starts laughing.

@SiamGoorwich

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If there’s one thing we love (apart from chatting about periods and girl power, obvs) it’s a girls’ night with our favourite crew. This month, YouTuber @Sophdoesnails hosted our mega-sleepover, inviting along her vlogging squad for manis, movies and popcorn. Here, the beauty star talks to betty about puberty, fashion and growing up – plus, you get a sneaky look at all the BTS fun!

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome.