You know the feeling, it always happens at the worst time when you’re not prepared for it; an HS emergency. Below is a list of things to keep on hand in an “HS Kit”, which can be kept in your purse, bag, backpack, tote bag, Ziploc bag, etc. Some people choose to keep one in their purse and another in their car or at work so there’s always one nearby. It is also helpful to keep a spare set of clothes handy if drainage tends to be an issue for you.
Suggested items for your kit:
Different bandages, gauze, ABD (ab pads) or period pads* for drainage and additional cushioning
Tape for bandages
A small pair of scissors
Small/Travel size baby wipes or witch hazel wipes
Travel hand sanitizer
Hydrocortisone cream for itching
“Down There Wipes” for women to help clean and freshen up
“Below the Belt Wipes” for men to help clean and freshen up
An extra Ziploc bag or two to put soiled clothing in
Extra pair of undergarments
Small bottle with salt water, witch hazel, or apple cider vinegar. (This can be used to clean your clothing, or your affected areas and can be used for smell.)
Tide stain stick or pen
Body spray or perfume
*Gentlemen, please do not dismiss the thought of pads for your use. They are very versatile and with the sticky back are a wonderful addition to any HS kit. If buying them yourself in person is not an option, order on Amazon or borrow from your wife/significant other. We implore you to give them a try!
Links to items listed above and in the video are below!
Links to suggested items above:
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Bordered Gauze https://www.amazon.com/Sterile-Bordered-Gauze-Pack-15/dp/B005D6728O/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2ZOJWLR0RF7FJ&dchild=1&keywords=bordered+gauze+4x4&qid=1613337609&sprefix=BORDERED+GAUZE%2Caps%2C238&sr=8-5
ABD Pad 5x9
ABD Pad 8x10
Paper Surgical Tape
Self adhesive wrap - Coban
Self adhesive wrap Coban 1 color
Hypafix Tape 2” wide
Hypafix 4” wide
Scissors that fold so you don’t get poked!
Travel Witch Hazel Pads
Small Baby Wipes
“Down There Wipes” for women
Shea Coco Scent
“Below the Belt” wipes for men
Lidocaine (numbing cream) *not for use on open wounds
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Written by Denise Panter-Fixsen
Edited by Brindley Kons