Vacation sex is pretty much the best. There’s something super-hot about getting away from the daily grind, which can give your libido a lift. You’re (hopefully) relaxed, so more attuned to yourself and your partner (if you’re coupled-up).
As a frequent traveler, I always have a few of my fave sex toys in tow. I subscribe to a carry-on-only travel mindset whenever possible, so getting through custom and TSA can be an adventure. I’ve been flagged for everything from a steel vaginal barbell to my trusty Magic Wand. And then there’s always that awkward moment when I get pulled from the screening line for an, ahem, closer inspection. Sigh.
That said, there’s no need to leave your sex toys at home. Here are 8 tips for taking your sex toys on the road:
Know Before You Go
Believe it or not, sex toys aren’t allowed everywhere around the globe. Some countries and regions have bans on your buzzing little buddies, like India, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. If you’re unsure if your vacation destination allows sex toys, a simple Google search should help avoid a big headache.
Pack Your Toys and Lube in Your Carry-on or Checked Bag
“Don’t be nervous or embarrassed,” says SKYN Condoms’ intimacy expert, Dr. Emily Morse. “Trust me, TSA has seen it all – you aren’t going to be their first run-in with a vibrator. Even if it is, they aren’t going to say anything to you, you know, unless it’s on.”
Be Ready to Explain What’s in Your Bag
When an airport security agent asks you what’s in your bag or to explain a suspect item that pops up on the x-ray display, tell it to them straight: “I have a sex toy.” It may help avoid further questioning and rifling through your bag.
Remove the Batteries
If your toy has removable batteries, take them out before packing and put them in a separate plastic bag. If your toy is rechargeable, drain the battery before traveling and charge it upon arrival.
If Your Toy has a Built-in Travel Lock Setting – Use It
If you’re worried about your toy vibrating in transit, check the instructions that came with it – many have travel settings so you can be worry-free. Dr. Morses’s pro-tip? “Wrap your toy in a sock and put it in your shoe so nothing will touch the buttons,” she says.
If your suitcase does get searched and you don’t want a customs officer handling your intimate item(s), pack your toys in clear plastic bags. This way, they can see what’s inside, plus it’s a hygienic storage option when you’re on the go.
Bring TSA-friendly Bottles for Lube
If you’re flying, remember that liquid restrictions for carry-ons also apply to lube. Either buy small TSA-friendly sized bottles of lube or transfer your fave product into 3.4 oz. (or less) plastic bottles.
Be Mindful of SizeWhen it comes to restrictions on items for air travel, TSA states that “tools” with a length of 7 inches are suitable for carry-on luggage. So, your standard-issue rabbit vibe is probably OK, but the 11” big glass dildo won’t fly.