wikiHow to Go On a Sleepover

It's your first sleepover. You're really excited, except for one little thing: you have no idea what to do or how to act! It's fine. Stop worrying, because this article is about to solve all your problems and give you the confidence you need to have a great time!


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    Practice going to sleep early so you will be prepared for when you want to stay up late.
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    Ask in advance what activities you will be doing. If you'll be swimming, bring a swimsuit. If you'll be doing makeovers, bring your nail polish.
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    Use a duffel bag or backpack to pack all the things you need. See the "Things You'll Need" section below for the list of items you'll want to pack.
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    Leave for the host's or hostess' house. Depending on whether there are any planned activities and how tight your schedule is you will probably be able to arrive a few minutes late.
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    Make a good impression to the parent so you could get invited back over again
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    Don't ask for too much because then you will seem greedy.
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    While at the sleepover the most important thing to do is have fun!
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    Thank your host or hostess as you leave.


  • If the party gets a little slow, play fun games like Truth or Dare, Would You Rather, or tell ghost stories and do make-overs!
  • Remember they invited you to have fun. Try to be yourself!
  • Never be afraid to speak up and ask or tell the host something. (e.g. "Does this sandwich have cheese in it? Because I don't really like cheese." )
  • If you know a good game or a joke, speak up.
  • See who else is going before saying you can go- you don't want to be on your own while girls you don't know/like are having fun!
  • Remember, keep away from mean gossip that could hurt someone else.
  • Planning ahead always helps. Also, one rule for sleepovers is no whining, and don't be mean to the person because they invited you. Otherwise, just have fun, and remember all the good times you had!
  • Also if you feel homesick at night and you want to go home, try to think of tomorrow and what you guys will do or a prank you will pull on a person at the sleep over.
  • You may want to bring an extra pillow (the blow-up kind) in case you find there isn't enough pillows.
  • If you have an early morning activity the next morning or don't want to spend the night for whatever reason you can always leave early. Make up an excuse and prearrange when your parents should pick you up.
  • If you plan on telling a secret, especially a BOY secret, imagine it on the white board at school, and if you are comfortable with that, talk away !
  • Draw a mustache on their faces if you can't sleep.
  • If you get homesick in the middle of the night tell the host you don't feel too good, or you want to go home. Then tell your parents the real reason you left, but if you really do feel sick tell the host right away. You don't want the end up throwing up.
  • Don't tell ghost stories if anyone isn't happy with you doing so. You could make them really frightened and upset.


  • Don't forget if you need to take any medicine. Sometimes your having so much fun you forget all about it and if its important that's something you definitely want to remember and tell the host/hostess so they remember to.
  • A lot of people get excited at sleepovers and say things they regret later. Keep things in perspective and don't bring something up if you don't want to talk about it. Don't get pressured into saying things you normally wouldn't, just because you're not at school.
  • If you know you get easily homesick, tell the host in advance that you'll need to call your parents before you go to bed and maybe in the morning.
  • Since it will be night, it may be dark. Many people find that it is easy to tell secrets in the dark. If you have something you want to tell your friends, it's a good time, but make sure you don't tell things you don't want to tell. If these secrets are about other people skip it. Gossiping can go far and to be honest, it can get pretty boring.

Things You'll Need

  • Hygiene
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Hairbrush and comb
    • Deodorant
    • Contacts & Solution (if needed)
    • Pads/Tampons (just in case!)
    • Soap and washcloth for washing your face
    • Medicine (If needed)
    • Glasses/Glasses case (if needed)
  • Clothing
    • Shoes
    • Pajamas
    • Clean under-garments and Bras (if needed).
    • Clean clothes for the next day
    • Slippers and robe (optional)
  • Bedding
    • Sleeping bag or blankets
    • Pillow
    • Teddy bear or other "comfort object" (optional)
  • Items pertaining to the activities you'll be doing (all optional)
    • CDs
    • Flashlight
    • Group games, board games, cards, etc.
    • Sweeties
    • Movies
    • Bathing suit
    • Sunscreen
    • Towel
    • Nail polish, makeup, face masks, etc.
    • Cell phone and a charger

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