A Rope-y, Kinky Vacation with Pedro, Lizard & more  

March 26 - April 2, 2016  ~   Hedonism ii  ~ Jamaica 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is BeachBind?

 

Part tropical vacation, part rope and kink conference!  Take a vacation to a beautiful Caribbean, all inclusive, clothing-optional beach resort and attend rope workshops with Pedro, L00M, kittenbynight, Lizard, and more!   Seriously, what could be better than this?   A kinky vacation to the moon?  Okay yeah, maybe, but we are not planning that until 2052.  And we can't wait to try out our single toe suspension there. 

 

How Many People can Register?  Will it Sell Out?

 

We are limiting the attendance to 60 people plus staff in order to ensure small workshop size and personal attention.  We have just enough rooms at the hotel reserved to accommodate our guests, as the hotel will also be sold out during this time.  In addition, we want to ensure that there will be little to now wait for hard points during UPL (Unconference, Play & Lab times) and further have enough hard points available for those that want them during workshops. 

 

The event will likely sell out in the next few weeks.  Check the EventBrite Page to see how many tickets are left.

 

What is Hedonism II?

 

Hedonism II breaks the boundaries of other nudist resorts. Here, there’s never too much of a good thing. People travel from far and wide to live out their fantasies and escape all inhibition. Leave the mundane day-to-day behind, explore yourself as you explore the spectacular environment of Negril, Jamaica.  See more at http://www.hedonism.com/

 

What is included with the room? 

 

Pretty much everything!  The resort is all-inclusive, which means that your per person room rate gets you your room, all food, all drinks (including top-shelf alcohol), land and water activities like SCUBA, and evening entertainment.  It also includes all of the BeachBind workshops, performances, and events, not to mention one of Jamaica’s spectacular beaches - clothing optional! 

 

Some of the activities and amenities include:  SCUBA diving (including all of the equipment you need*), windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaks, giant hot tubs, three freshwater pools, swim-up pool bars, an awesome waterslide (go down it nude!), nightly live shows and bands, and pool-side entertainment. There is also a full service spa (spa services not included and subject to separate charges).

 

The resort also has six lighted tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, shuffelboard, table tennis, secluded hammocks, aerobics, badminton, fitness center, and more!

 

*Note on SCUBA:  you have to be certified to go SCUBA diving in Jamaica.  The resort offers a resort course for $70 that allows you go on some diving trips while you are there, or a full certification course for $350 that is good for life.  Another option would be to take all or most of the certification course before you come (you can usually finish the diving portion of a PADI SCUBA course at the resort and take the classroom part stateside).  

 

For more information check out activities at Hedonism. 

 

What is IN the Rooms?  Are there TVs?  Refrigerators? Lube? 

 

All guestrooms include flat screen TVs (with free access to several channels of non-stop porn of course), refrigerators, a Euro-style Jacuzzi shower or rain shower, a coffee maker, a safe and mirrors on the ceilings! Bring your own lube though :)

 

Rooms also include views of tropical gardens or panoramic views of the stunning oceanfront, and some have direct beach access and outdoor Jacuzzis.  Some rooms have one king bed, others have two queen or full beds.  There is also a built in couch area in most rooms that could be made into a small bed for a third or fourth person. 

 

How old do I have to be to go? 

 

All participants must be 19 or older.

 

But how is the food? I am allergic to jerk sauce and pickles.  Will I starve? 

 

The food is awesome!  Starve? Far from it. Food is available 24/7, and there is a wide variety available. The resort has a humongous buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with some made-to-order stations. They also have a couple pool-side grills that are open most of the time, including late at night. There are also a couple sit-down restaurants. Bottom line, you can get a wide variety of food, the food is all good, and it's all included! Eat as much as you want, whenever you want.

 

P.S. The jerk chicken at the grill by the nude pool is fucking awesome.  Get it with a side of deliciously fresh fries.  And if you are not in a jerky mood, the grilled cheese also hits the spot.

 

If you have important dietary restrictions, we suggest that you contact the resort to confirm that your needs will be met:  www.hedonism.com  or  (631-588-4336). We can tell you though that we have encountered vegetarian guests and gluten-free guests who have done just fine.

 

Can I be nude anywhere in the resort? 

 

Pretty much!  The resort asks that you cover up in the main dining areas and restaurants.  But that doesn't even mean you need to put on clothes…just wrap a towel around yourself and grab some food!   You can be nude at the nude pool grill, however.  Just don't spill jerk sauce on your balls.  Oh wait...yeah, do that.  The sit down restaurants want you to put on real clothes though. 

 

But I heard Hedonism II resort is really more of a swingers resort or a nudist resort.  I am not a swinger or a nudist.  Will I be comfortable there?  Do I have to swing?  Do I have to be nude?

 

No, you don't have to swing. You don't have to be nude. You don't have to ever do anything you don't want to!  At RopeLab and at Hedo, consent still counts!  And no, Hedo is not really a "swingers" resort. It is not a "nudist" resort either.  It is really an "everything" resort.  It is for "hedonists" which includes all pleasure-seeking people of all kinds.  The resort attracts all types of people from kinksters to nudists to swingers to partiers who don't mind getting a little crazy.  You can be who you are and all are accepted.  If you don't want to partake in any particular activity, you may always decline.  

 

We have found that almost all people that go to Hedo are very friendly and accepting.  We have actually met lifelong friends from other parts of the world there. Also, there are people of all ages and all shapes and sizes. Pleasure seekers come in all flavors and the resort, and the people there, are accepting of everyone.  

 

Note on the Nude side: there IS an area of the resort where you must be nude.  There is a nude beach and an adjacent nude pool.  In those areas, security will actually ask you to leave or uncover if you try to wear clothes or a bathing suit.  But if you don't wish to be nude, simply don't go in those areas.  The rest of the resort is considered "prude", Hedo's non-derogatory term for "clothing optional."  Please also note that some rooms are within the "nude" area, so if you don't want that, make sure to book a room in the "prude" section (the prude rooms are called "regular rooms" on the booking page).  

 

Security:  

 

While we have never seen any need for it, the resort has a lot of security wandering the resort and the beach 24/7, so help is always nearby.  

 

Are sexual acts and penetration permitted?

 

Yep!  You can have sex on the beach while drinking a sex on the beach.  Whoa.

 

Are there different room types available?  What is the difference?

 

Yes!  There are different options for rooms ranging in price.  Hedonism has "classic" rooms which are older but still great.  They have more expensive "premium" rooms that have been recently renovated.  They also have suites and hot tub rooms right on the beach.   To reserve a premium room or suite, contact Dream Pleasure Tours at sales@dreampleasuretours.com or 1-800-349-3025.

 

The resort has rooms on both the "nude" and "prude" side.  The nude side is adjacent to the nude beach the nude pool, and clothing is not permitted in those areas.  The prude side is clothing optional.   See our pricing page for details. 

 

Should I bring money to tip the staff at the resort?

 

Nope.  The resort has a no-tipping policy and most staff will refuse to accept tips.

 

What if I am single or want my own room?

 

Singles are welcome and encouraged to join the trip.  If you are traveling as a single, and don't mind  sharing a room, contact Dream Pleasure Tours at 1-800-349-3025 or sales@dreampleasuretours.com. Let us know at RopeLab too. Sometimes you can be paired with other singles. If you wish to have your own room, the per-night fee will be more expensive than the posted double occupancy rate.  Contact Dream Pleasure Tours at sales@dreampleasuretours.com 1-800-349-3025 for details. 

 

Can we have 3 or more in a room?

 

Yep.  If you want to have 3 or 4 in a room, it is possible.  Some rooms have one king bed, others have two beds.  There is also a couch area in most rooms that can be converted into a small bed.

 

Contact  Dream Pleasure Tours at sales@dreampleasuretours.com or 1-800-349-3025 for rate and accommodation options.

 

However, if you are a triad, PLEASE let us know by emailing us at ropelab@gmail.com.  We might be able to pair up "thirds" so that everyone can get the much cheaper double occupancy rate. 

 

Do I have to pay a deposit now?  Is it refundable?

 

We think the rooms will go fast. After all, who would not want to go on a kinky ropey nakedy sexy vacation on a tropical island with Pedro, Sarifka Morgan, Lizard, and more

 

The hotel has only guaranteed us 30 rooms, and the majority are already gone.  Therefore, if you want to go, we suggest registering ASAP. Right now. Do it!  Click here!

 

You can cancel your registration at any time; however, after December 26th, 2015, your deposit and payments made to date become non-refundable.  Payments are fully refundable less a $100 fee prior to December 26th 2015.  The payment dates are 10/26 (1/2) and 12/26 (final payment).  However if those dates are an issue for you, please contact Dream Pleasure tours to dicus custom options - there is a little bit of wiggle room here: 1-800-349-3025 or  sales@dreampleasuretours.com.   

 

Can I create my own payment plan?  Do you accept auto withdrawal?

 

Yes and yes!  Dream Pleasure Tours will set up a custom payment plan for you.  You can make payments monthly, weekly, bi-weekly, or otherwise.  Just contact Dream Pleasure Tours at 1-800-349-3025 or sales@dreampleasuretours.com and tell them what you want to do and they will hook you up.

 

 

When should I plan to travel?  If I only go for 5 days, which days should I go? Will I have to miss some workshops?   The trip dates are 3/26/16 to 4/2/16, but the workshops are scheduled mostly from Monday 3/28 to Friday 4/1.    Do I need to be there the whole time?  Do I need to attend the meet n' greet?   

 

You can travel whenever you would like!  You are not required to be at any event or workshop. Just ask Dream Pleasure Tours to book you for the dates that you want.  You just need to be there for a minimum of 5 days during the time period from 3/26-4/2.  You can stay longer than that if you want.  

 

The workshops are scheduled during the week and while you will probably want to be there for all of them, we understand that your travel plans may not work out that way. Do what you need to do.

 

Our private  hard points and play space will be open for UPL (Unconference/Play/Lab time) on Saturday 3/26, Sunday 3/27, and  Saturday 4/2.  there will also be an Opening Circle and Meet N' Greet on Sunday evening, so we suggest that you try to arrive on Sunday 3/27 or earlier and leave on Saturday 4/2 or later if possible. 

 

Note that on the day you travel you likely won't get to the resort until mid or late afternoon, and by the time you check in, get to your room, unpack, get some food, etc., it will likely be evening or nighttime (allow about 2-3 hours to get through customs and travel to Negril)..  On days that you travel home, likewise, you will likely need to be on a bus to Montego Bay early in the morning, even if your flight is in the afternoon.

 

Note also that while there are amazing workshops every day, the workshops are slightly weighted so that there are more beginner and intermediate workshops in the beginning of the week.  So if you are a beginner, you should try to arrive no later than Sunday 3/27.  If you are advanced, you should try to stay until at least Saturday 4/2.   Pedro will arrive Monday 3/29 adn leave on Sunday 4/3. 

 

Thus you won't be able to do much on your arrival day with the exception of maybe a late  afternoon workshop or our UPL (Unconference/Play/Lab time)  at night.  Therefore, if you want to attend all of the workshops, meet n' greet and other events we suggest that you travel to Jamaica on Saturday or Sunday and leave on Saturday or Sunday (or come even earlier or stay even later)!

 

Therefore, if you can only go for 5 days, since you will be traveling on one of the workshop days, you will have to miss something. For example, if you arrive Monday, you will miss the morning and afternoon events. If you leave on Friday, you will likely miss everything on Friday. Consult the workshop schedule, to determine what works best for you.

 

 

What if I want to travel on different days or go longer or shorter?  

 

You can!  See above-you can get our group rates for up to three days on either side of our set week.  So come a few days early or stay later.  You just gotta be there for 5 days during our trip.  That is the only way we can get the group rates!

 

 

How will I pay?  How will this show up on my credit card statement?  

 

We are working with Dream Pleasure Tours to handle all payments for the resort fees and airport transfers.  They are a licensed travel agent.  (California Seller of Travel License # 2090643-40
International Associations of Travel Agents Membership # 05552131). 

 

Your credit card statement will read as DPP Enterprises.

 

Do I have to pay extra for the workshops? 

 

Nope.  

 

It turns out I can't go - can I give my ticket to someone else?

 

No, tickets are non-transferable.  However, your deposit is refundable less a $100 fee up until December 26th, 2015.

 

I found a better deal for the resort on www.cheap-ass-sleazy-travel-gnome-website.com or with the fluffer-wild-cocktail-wicked-party-swing group trip.  Can I just book my hedo room at that travel website or through that other group and then come and attend the workshops? 

 

Nope.  At least not if you want to be part of our group.  While you likely won't find a better deal on those other travel websites, you might find another group that has a slightly better rate per night because they don't have any special workshops or events.  In fact, our Group Rates, even with the cost of the workshops are at or lower the posted rates of the resort as of June 2015.

 

However, only those that register through BeachBind will be permitted to attend the BeachBind workshops and events. There are several reasons for this. We require that each person fill out our forms so that we can get to know the people in the group and plan workshops accordingly.  In addition, the workshops, equipment (hard points etc.) and presenters cost money!  Some of the resort fees for our group rates cover those expenses.  The total attendance will be limited to 60 people plus event staff to ensure that there are enough hard points for everyone and to make sure class sizes are at a small enough size to ensure personal attention. 

 

 

Can I book a room at a nearby resort and just get day passes to Hedonism and attend the workshops?  

 

Nope, see the previous answer.  Ya' gotta book through our group.  

 

What kind of Workshops and Events can we expect?

 

There will be full days of rope and related workshops Monday-Friday, as well as "UPL" (Unconference, Play & Lab time) throughout the week, including Saturday and Sunday (3/26-27) and Saturday 4/2 and very night under our beach tent.  There will also be kinbaku performances by Pedro and kittenbynight, L00m,, Lizard, and EbiMcKnotty, and social events for our group.  

 

In addition, we have created four workshop tracks (Beginner, intermediate, advanced and bottoming) to help participants maximize their time and most efficiently reach their goals.

 

Will there be Hard Points for suspension?

 

Of course! We will have sufficient hard points available - about 24 or so. We are building cube style hard points similar to the ones that you might have seen at major conferences like Shibaricon and AIS C.O.P.E. They will be inside an air conditioned space during the hot daytime hours for workshops (the Disco) and then moved outside every night to a tent under the beach to enjoy the cooler night-time ocean air. 

 

Is Photography Allowed?  I want to take some awesome rope suspension pictures on the beach!

 

YES!  The resort generally has a no-photo policy, however, they are making special exceptions for BeachBind!  Photography will be allowed at our private events and workshops and during UPL time under the tent on the beach.  There will also be some special photo events.  We are also organizing a mermaid  & snorkeling photoshoot for our group!  Otherwise, you must follow the resort rules and you cannot take pictures else ware without specific permission from the resort.  The normal RopeLab photo rules apply (basically you must have permission to take someone's photo and must ensure that nobody else is in the photo, and you can't post, use or share photos without written permission of both the photographer and all people in the photo.  The complete event rules are here.

 

Rope is really not my thing or my partner's thing.  Should I/we still attend?

 

We say hell yes!  We have gone to this resort before and had the time of our lives even without kinky friends or kinky workshops.  RopeLab is not just about rope--it is about using rope (or not) to get to your kink-heaven.  We believe that even if "your kink is not my kink", your kink is cool.   Of course you don't have to attend all or even any of the workshops.  Come and play, hang out, and vacation with fun happy kinksters.

 

We are scheduling plenty of "UPL" time, (unconference, play, and lab time), where we encourage attendees to teach/be taught as they see fit. If there is something you want to learn or teach (rope-related or not), make it happen!  Also, some of what we are teaching in the workshops applies to many areas of kink as well as rope.  Plus, you can still play any way you want, with or without rope (within the limitations of the resort and event rules of course!)

 

Bottom line, come hang out, have a great vacation, and attend workshops, or not, as you please. The rule of two feet always applies at RopeLab:  if you are not happy or learning something at a particular workshop, then you have two feet--use them!

 

What should I bring?

 

    Don’t forget that you need a passport!  Don’t wait too long to get one if you don’t already have one.
    
    You won't need a lot of clothing, that's for sure, so you can pack all of your favorite toys and rope instead! Make sure you pack your kink gear in checked luggage, though, and you might want to leave things like knives (that could cause trouble in customs) at home.
    
    The resort has nightly themes, so you if you'd like to participate, consider bringing some fun outfits. Our personal favorites: every Wednesday is fetish night and every Sunday is schoolgirl night! Other than that, we recommend swimsuits/beachy attire that can get a little sandy. No need for long sleeves unles you get cold in the evenings. Evening low temperatures are still above 70 degrees.
    
    The showers have body wash, 2-in-one shampoo/conditioner, and hand soap. Other than that, toiletries are up to you. Don’t forget sunscreen!! This Jamaican sun is no joke, and it will be hard to have ropey fun all week if you are burned to a crisp. We also recommend bug spray for evenings.
    
    The resort supplies beach towels, so leave those at home. We recommend a blanket or two, though. It’s nice to have one for workshops and a second for doing rope on the beach. We also recommend yoga mats if you can make it work. Consider bringing a small, cheap bed sheet for use on the sand when playing under the tent. 
    
    Rope! and rope accessories. You should consult the workshop schedule to make sure you have what you need. Cutting tools are required. When selecting rope for this trip, keep in mind that you may end up doing rope on the beach, on trees, even in water. Hemp or a synthetic like nylon or P.O.S.H.   might be a good choice for these activities because they can be washed.  Don't get us wrong, you can still bring your super expensive Ferrari-brand jute for use during the workshops, which are indoors. You can also send one of your kits into a quicker retirement with some beachy fun if you choose. Just don't say we didn't warn you :)  Click here for more info on  rope & gear. 
    
    We also recommend bringing a notebook and a water bottle for workshops. The resort does have bottled water, but it isn’t always available everywhere, and we don’t want people taking glass into the workshops since that would be potentially hazardous.
    
    Photography opportunities are controlled but available, so we encourage you to bring a camera. If nothing else, it is useful for remembering ties. Just remember that the strict photography rules that both the resort and RopeLab have in place are to protect event participants and resort guests like you! Be courteous and follow the rules.
    
    Here is a suggested list of basic items to bring:  
    
        ○ Passport
        ○ Rope supplies (rope, carabiners, straps, cutting tool, etc.) - Consider bringing nylon or P.O.S.H  or washable hemp for use in sand, water, etc. Click here for more info on  rope & gear.
        ○ Travel toy bag - bring those floggers, whips, paddles, condoms, lube, anal hooks, Hitachi Magic Wands, etc. (but put it all in checked luggage!)
        ○ Blanket for workshops and/or small, cheap bedsheet for use for rope play on the beach (the resort also supplies beach towels)
        ○ Yoga mat (can be useful for workshops and the yoga classes)
        ○ Water bottle (non-glass) (optional--there are some water bottle stations around the resort too and you can get drinks from the bars as well)
        ○ Whatever clothing you need, including a bathing suit (if you plan to wear one or if you plan to go on the Rick's Café excursion) 
        ○ Personal supplies (there is body wash and shampoo in the rooms)
        ○ Notebook
        ○ Cell phone or camera for workshop photos (but sign up for an international plan or go on airplane mode to avoid big roaming fees)
        ○ Flip flops
        ○ Sunglasses
        ○ Insect repellent
        ○ Sun block (we suggest SPF 30 or higher, the sun is very strong there and you WILL burn if you are not careful!)
        ○ Hat 
        ○ Book, kindle etc. 
        ○ Costumes for the reosrt's theme nights if you want participate

        ○ Mermaid tail if you want to be in the mermaid photoshoot

 

 

Will my normal electrical stuff plug in and work there?

 

Yep, if you live in the United States.  Electric power in Jamaica is almost the same as in the United States and Canada (110 -120v).  If that is not what you use in your country, you will need a converter. 

 

Is there internet and wi-fi at the resort?  

 

Yes.  There is currently free wi-fi in the main lobby and dining area. However, the resort charges if you want to use internet in your room.

 

Will my mobile phone work in Jamaica? 

 

Yes, it almost certainly will, BUT definitely check with your carrier to see if Jamaica is included in your data, phone and texting plan.  Plans vary widely.  Some carriers will let you add an international plan that will cover Jamaica for the week for a small fee, but if you don't do that, you might end up paying a TON of money for using your phone there. Like $100's or $1000's. Ye be warned! 

 

How do I get to Negril, Jamaica?  What airlines travel there?

 

Travel to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) via most major airlines, including Delta, US Air, American, Air Canada, United, Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, and Frontier.

 

From the airport in Montego Bay (aka "Mo'bay"), it is about a 40 minute road trip to the resort.  Roundtrip transfers are available when booking through Dream Pleasure Tours at 1-800-349-3025 or  sales@dreampleasuretours.com.  

 

How much is airfare?  Is it included?

 

Airfare is not included in the resort fees.  You will need to purchase your own travel.  You can do so directly through airline websites or through Dream Pleasure Tours at 1-800-349-3025 or sales@dreampleasuretours.com.

 

Do I need a Passport?

 

Absolutely.  Plan ahead--don't wait to the last minute as it can sometimes take weeks or months to get a passport!

 

Should I get trip insurance?  Is there good health care in Jamaica?

 

While the resort often has a nurse available or can refer you to a local doctor for routine health issues, your medical insurance likely will not cover medical expenses in Jamaica.  A serious matter involving medical evacuation or long-term injury could be extremely costly.

 

There are inexpensive options to make sure you are covered, often under $20-30.  Many of these plans include a "sports rider" or similar coverage that will include coverage for sports injuries (like SCUBA diving, snorkeling, etc.).  While these plans may or may not cover a rope related injury, we recommend that you purchase a travel insurance plan with sports rider coverage. 

 

Plans are available through Dream Pleasure Tours (1-800-349-3025 or sales@dreampleasuretours.com) or private companies like Medex.  

 

RopeLab and Dream Pleasure Tours are not responsible for your travel insurance, medical needs, or injuries while traveling. 

 

Are there day trips and excursions available? 

 

Because the resort is all inclusive and there are plenty of activities, in addition to BeachBind workshops that you won't want to miss, you will probably want to maximize your time at the resort while you are paying to be there.  While you are certainly free to leave anytime and explore the island, we recommend that you book a few nights at the beginning or end of your trip at a cheaper hotel on the Negril cliffs or beach so that you won't be paying for a resort you aren't using.  The RopeLab staff may have some suggestions for other places to stay if you plan to do so, including some other places that may be clothing optional if that is your thing.  Just email us. 

 

We are planning one optional group excursion Wednesday afternoon to a local  craft market  for a little shopping and to the famous Rick's Café on the Negril cliffs for some sunset cliff jumping!  There will be a small fee for taxi and you will need a little cash for the market and for food/drinks etc. at Rick's if you plan to go.

 

How does the money work in Jamaica?  Do I need to bring money? Do I need to convert US Dollars to Jamaican Dollars? 

 

Jamaica does have its own currency, the Jamaican dollar.  As of June 2015, the exchange rates: 1 United States Dollar = 116.21 Jamaican Dollar.  Below is a chart that gives you some basic examples, but unless you are going to spend an extensive amount of time off the resort, you likely won't need to use Jamaican dollars much (if at all) and you likely won't need to convert your US dollars since most places in Montego Bay and Negril will accept US Dollars.  

 

Note:  In our experience, it is usually best to exchange money at the airport.  Whatever you do, do not ever exchange money with a person on the street.  They are almost always going to short change you. You won't even know it until they are gone.  

 

To give you an idea of some quick math, here are some handy dandy examples: 

 

1 US Dollar = 116.21 Jamaican Dollars

5 USD = 581.03 JD

10 USD = 1,162.07 JD

20 USD = 2,324.14 JD

 

100 Jamaican Dollars = 0.86 US Dollars

150 JD = 1.29 USD

200 JD = 1.72 USD

500 JD = 4.30 USD

1000 JD = 8.61 USD

 

 

Is pot legal in Jamaica?

 

Not quite, but pot is decriminalized in Jamaica. This means possession of up to two ounces is a petty offense that could result in a roughly $5 ticket but not in an arrest or criminal record.  Most taxi drives sell "ganja" as it is referred as in Jamaica.  Go ahead if you want; of course, please don't use the hard points or do a scene if you are intoxicated.

 

 

Are there rules for this event?

 

Of course!  The typical RopeLab rules will apply, and like all RopeLab events, you will have to agree to the standard release and waiver.  The resort also has its normal rules. The event rules and resort rules are subject to change.  The event rules and the waiver and release are located here. 

 

 

What type of rope & gear should I bring?

 

Well you definitely need rope!  For starters, your normal favorite rope kit for workshops.  If you are buying new rope, we suggest at minimum 6 to 8 "long" ropes and 4 to 6 "short" ropes. Length will vary by rigger and bottom.  For example, a tall person with long arms tying on a larger bottom may want longer ropes than a short person tying on a tiny bottom.  However, most people use ropes that range from about 25-30 feet for "long" ropes and 10-15 feet for "short" ropes. 

 

Most bondage rope is 5 or 6mm, but some people prefer 8mm or even 4mm.  If you are new, we suggest 6mm.

 

As for rope type, this is highly personal.  The most popular type that we see is probably jute, followed by other natural fibers like hemp.  People also like to tie with synthetics like nylon.

 

A few things to keep in mind:  Hemp and nylon can be washed, but jute cannot.  For that reason, you may not want to use your expensive jute in the water or around the sand or other outdoor locations. 

 

We tested a synthetic rope called P.O.S.H. recommend by Topologist when we were at Hedonism in early October 2015. It is a nautical rope made from polyester that looks and feels like a natural fiber rope like jute or hemp.  It has a feel similar to something in between jute and cotton rope.   Rated for about 1200 lbs per line for 6mm, it is many times stronger than jute, however, and is great for up-lines because it is much safer than jute.  However, since it looks similar to jute, it won't look bad in photos if combined with jute used on the body. 

 

A huge advantage of P.O.S.H is that it can get wet without losing its load rating.  We used it in the ocean for a photoshoot and then washed it in a washing machine and it maintained its integrity.  For this reason, it can be used on the beach and can be rinsed off or washed if it gets sand on it.  

 

Some popular brands for jute are M0cojute, Douglas Kent and DreX.  Check out Twisted Monk for hemp and Knot-Head for nylon.  Check out Knot Right Supply for all sorts of options. There are also a ton of good suppliers listed here:

 

For other gear, you will want to bring straps, carabiners and any other suspension gear that you would normally use if you are suspending. 

 

You will also need a cutting tool (required).  Medical grade safety shears work , but we recommend a seatbelt cutter like this: or this .  It is always good to have a second cutting tool as a backup, and something to clip it on your body as it should always be on your person, especially if you are doing suspensions.

 

 

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