Suppose that you’re interested in bondage and BDSM, but you’re not sure whether you (or more likely, your partner) will enjoy it. It would be perfectly logical for you to want to try it before you spend money on restraints, paddles, floggers, blindfolds, etc. Or suppose that you and your partner are traveling and don’t have any special equipment with you, but want to have a bit of an adventure? How can you accomplish this?

Well, the truth is that it’s relatively easy to set up a BDSM adventure with no special equipment, just using items you have around the house, or even items you have with you when you’re traveling. Oh, the feeling of the adventure won’t be the same, but it will certainly be enough to give you a taste so that you can tell if you (and your partner) might like it. And you should be aware that these everyday items won’t be as effective as the real thing, and also might not be quite as safe (because they’re not designed for BDSM!). Therefore, make sure you don’t try anything too extreme with them!

However, bearing those cautions in mind, here’s a list of basic types of BDSM equipment and suggestions for ordinary items that can substitute for each type:

Restraints: Restraints are easy to substitute for. Traditionally, silk scarves make a good means of tying up your lover. However, silk scarves not being so common, you might want to use a few old neckties instead. They work well, and are usually non-abrasive and therefore relatively comfortable. Rope may also be used, of course, but be careful–the surface of many types of rope is rough, and may chafe the wearer’s skin. There are other options as well, but it’s wise to use caution to make sure that none of these alternatives get too tight around the wearer’s limbs, as they can be difficult to quickly loosen if you need to get them off in a hurry.

Blindfold: This is another easy one. A scarf, a neckerchief, a tie, a hand towel or even an old t-shirt can all make effective blindfolds. The challenge is usually with keeping the impromptu blindfold in place, but as long as you’re willing to readjust it from time to time when it slips out of position, you’ll do fine.

Gag: Be careful with impromptu gags. Any gag can be potentially dangerous, and a makeshift one can be more so. If you’re going to use a do-it-yourself gag, my suggestion would be to stick to a simple cleave gag, such as a handkerchief wrapped around the head and between the wearer’s teeth and tied in back. If you feel compelled to go one step further than this, try balling your partner’s panties/undershorts up and pushing them into their mouth and then applying the cleave gag.

Collar: This is another item to be careful with. Impromptu collars are risky because they can close around the wearer’s neck and restrict breathing, so use caution and be smart! I recommend employing impromptu collars for decorative purposes only. With that understanding, the best DIY collar option is probably a dog collar (not a choke chain!), sized appropriately for the wearer’s neck.

Paddle or Other Spanking Device: Well, the simplest of all is, of course, a hand. One can deliver a fine spanking using just that trusty implement! However, if that’s not enough for you, other traditional options include a belt, a hairbrush or a wooden spoon. Many other items may be used as well–feel free to use your imagination. Just avoid sharp edges and overly abrasive surfaces and you should be fine.

That ought to get you started, and all with stuff you probably already have at home or could get at a local store for cheap. With these items, you can have a very nice time with your partner, especially if the whole BDSM concept itself is new and exciting. After all, the most important thing when it comes to creating a bondage adventure isn’t the cuffs or the gag or the blindfold. It’s not a prop at all. The most important thing is your imagination.

Enjoy Yourself!

Jake

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