What Goes In A BDSM First Aid Kit?

Whether your BDSM is Safe, Sane, and Consensual or Risk Aware Consensual Kink, most people who engage in BDSM understand that what they are doing can be a dangerous activity. From broken skin to nerve damage, almost all acts of BDSM carry some amount of risk to the receiving party. If you’re getting into BDSM or just trying a new act out for the first time it is always important to read up on the safety of the practices you’ll be engaging in. But, beyond that, what can you do?

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Usually we talk about your BDSM “kit” as being just your goodie bag of toys and equipment, but that’s not all. A good BDSM kit should also have a well planned out First Aid kit for tending to any injuries that may occur during the course of the scene. While you might have a general First Aid kit at home (and any public play spaces should have them, definitely ask if you’re not sure) having one specifically devoted to your BDSM play is good because you’ll be keeping it with your play equipment. A First Aid kit is not useful if you don’t know where it is or can’t transport it easily. Keeping a specific kit with your toys is a good safe option so that it is always there.

So, what about the kit itself? You don’t need a fancy medical box with a red cross on it, as long as the bag stands out among your other kit so you can find and anything you need inside of it in a hurry. Ideally it will also be waterproof and drop proof. I would not recommend using a locking box, as anything that gets in the way of you opening it is not a good idea. Here are some storage ideas:

  • Plastic lidded box
  • Tupperware
  • Toiletries bag
  • Make up bag

Now it’s time to stock your kit. Here is my list, compiled with help, of things that you may need in an emergency:

  • Self-Adhesive Bandages/Plasters (Multiple sizes)
  • Gauze, tape
  • Triangular bandage
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Instant hot/cold compress
  • Aspirin or Over the Counter painkiller
  • Hand-sanitizer (For use before and after dressing any wounds, do not put it specifically on any breaks in the skin.)
  • Breathing mask/barrier for CPR
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Medical gloves (Non-latex, in case of allergy)
  • Safety Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Empty, sealable plastic bags for safe disposal.

Also, be sure to add any items needed if you or your partner have any existing medical conditions. For example, if you or your partner are asthmatic, keep your inhaler nearby. If you or your partner have an allergy, keep an EPI pen nearby. Better safe than sorry.

Note that some items in your kit may have expiration dates on them, so make a note of those (or check regularly) and replace them as they start to approach the end of their usability.

So there you have it! My guide to what to keep around if you are practicing BDSM. This article isn’t meant to scare you, but being aware of any possible emergencies involved in your kink will ensure that your BDSM is safe and a good experience for everyone involved. I hope you never have to use your kit, but better to have it and not need to use it than need it and not have it.

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Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Fortunately for me, I’m related to several and consulted them during the writing of this post. It is recommended that all partners involved in BDSM discuss any previous medical conditions with one another and that both read up on basic First Aid procedures. If you can, taking a First Aid or CPR class at your local Red Cross or similar organization can also keep you prepared. Keeping a charged phone nearby so that one party can call an emergency number if need be is always a good idea, as well. Play safe!

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About missmhithrha

Mary Mh'ithrha, a 20 year old Femdom enthusiast living in the US. I like slapping people around and sitting on their faces. Pleased to meet you.
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