Here’s Why You Need A Sexual Health Emergency Kit And What To Pack In It

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If you haven’t already gathered from my previous work, I like to be prepared — for international travel, camping trips, really for anything that could be thrown my way. That includes the possibility of sex.

Here’s the thing with sexual intimacy — you can’t always predict it. So if you want to dive in stress-free when the opportunity presents itself, you need to have some products on hand.

You keep Band-Aids, Tylenol, and DayQuil in stock even when you don’t have a cut, headache, or cold, right? The same logic applies to condoms, lube, and emergency contraception. You should have them handy if there’s even a chance of sex in the forecast.

In addition to the more obvious supplies, other items can be a game changer or at least give you some peace of mind during sexy time. So I’m here to give you some tips (with some input from an OB-GYN) for putting together your own sexual health preparedness kit.

Keep these items in your medicine cabinet or bedside table. Throw a little bit of everything into your purse or travel bag. Because as sexy as spontaneity can be, UTIs, STIs, and unplanned pregnancies (particularly in a post-Roe world) are not so desirable.