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Creating an Aftercare Kit

If you have a good sense of what your needs are, and you know the type of scene you are getting yourself into, it’s time to put your own list together of things you will need in order to create your own aftercare kit.


The items in an aftercare kit will be different for everyone based on their needs, the things that restore mental health, the type of play/scene planned, and the access to a top/bottom after the scene has ended.

Ideas of Items to Include in Your Aftercare Kit

Rejuvenation:

Warmth

It’s common to feel cold after a play session/scene. When you’re in a scene, adrenaline makes you less sensitive to temperature. Often, people play in the nude or in underwear, and even when the room is warm you can feel chilled when the scene is over. The rush of endorphins leaving your body can also lead to shivers.

Warm and comfy clothes:

  • Sweater
  • Hoodie
  • Track pants
  • Cardigan
  • Jacket
  • Socks
  • Bath robe

Blankets – snuggle up with something warm:

  • Cozy thick blanket
  • Soft or fluffy throw
  • Something sentimental (blankie)

Hydration

You or your partner may get dehydrated during the play session. Staying hydrated is an important part of being safe during a play scene.

Have drinks on hand:

  • Water
  • Sports drink
  • Hot chocolate
  • Tea

Sustenance

It is common for people to get hungry after the release of endorphins. Someone’s blood sugar may drop during play as well so it is always a good idea to have something for you or your partner to snack on afterwards.

Different types of food:

  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Fruit
  • Veggie sticks
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers

Comfort

Everyone’s aftercare needs are different and you may required different things depending on the type of play/scene you engage in. Below is a list of items that you may want to include in your aftercare kit.

Communication / self expression:

  • Journal
  • Colouring books/pencils
  • Pen and notebook

Sentimental:

  • Stuffed toy
  • Book/kindle/e-reader
  • Music
  • Scented candles
  • Incense
  • Movies

Physical:

  • Pillow
  • Bath salts
  • Bubble bath
  • Shower
  • Gel, massage oil, body lotions

First Aid

Risk is a big part of BDSM play and being prepared for injury caused by consensual play is an important aspect of being safe. If you think you should see a doctor, by all means do see a doctor, or go to hospital – the below items are useful for small injuries but emergencies should be handled by professionals.

Lacerations and/or Abrasions:

  • Saline solution
  • Sodium chloride solution
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Iodine wipes
  • Sterile gauze swabs
  • Stri-strips
  • Medical tape
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Sterile dressings
  • Waterproof dressings
  • Absorbent Dressings
  • Plaster strips
  • Crepe Bandages
  • Burn cream/gel
  • Painkillers

Bruises/Sprains:

  • Ice pack
  • Heat pack
  • Anti-Inflammatory cream
  • Arnica cream
  • Strapping tape
  • Tensor bandage
  • Compression Bandages
  • Vitamin E lotion/cream
  • Zen spray

Cleaning Equipment

  • Sanitizer
  • Alcohol wipes

General Items:

  • First aid manual
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tissues
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Tourniquet
  • Eye wash/drops
  • Water
  • Disposable plastic bags
  • Disposable CPR mouth shields
  • Pen and paper


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