Maybe you’re off to spend a romantic—and passionate—weekend with your lover. Or perhaps you are preparing for one year of very solo travel.
Whatever the reason or destination, if you’re traveling with sex toys in stow, these 7 tips will ensure you never have to endure the embarrassment of TSA holding up your glittery massage wand for all to see.
1. Keep It Under 7 Inches
There are no rules against flying with sex toys in the United States; however, if you want to carry them on, size matters. Any vibrators over 7 inches in length can be considered a club, or weapon, and will be confiscated. You may also want to leave behind any bondage gear: handcuffs, whips and ropes, or anything else that might make the TSA nervous.
2. Remember Carry On Regulations
If you can’t fly with your water bottle, you better believe there is no way that extra-large tube of lube is going through security. Keep all carry on liquids and gels to 3oz bottles or less. On a similar note, remember that the TSA can decide on the spot if any item could be used as a weapon. When in doubt, pack toys and accessories in your checked luggage.
3. Remove Batteries
If your tools are too large or you have decided you don’t want to risk exposure to the queue of travelers passing through security behind you, checking your sex toys is often a safer option. Just don’t forget to remove all batteries. Not only will it prolong your battery life, it will prevent any unwanted noise from your gadgets. The last thing you need is to have the bomb dogs sent in to investigate the mysterious beeping from your suitcase…
4. Bag It Up
You really don’t want airport security manhandling your sex toys. Packing them in individual bags will help keep them contamination while also making it easier for security to identify the objects themselves. If you’re feeling balsy, you can use a clear, plastic bag. If not, a cloth bag (like the Crown Royal bag) will do the trick.
5. Consider Your Destination
If you are traveling outside of the United States, be sure to consider the local laws of your destination. Not all countries will be appreciative of a suitcase overflowing with sex toys. This is particularly true for conservative Middle Eastern countries. Do your research, and always remember you are a guest when traveling abroad. Follow local rules and customs. If you’re traveling to a conservative country, choose a vibrator that can be disguised as something else. For example, most sex shops sell vibrators that come in the shape and size of lipstick.
6. Tell The Truth
TSA has seen it all, and you aren’t the first person to travel with a Hello Kitty vibrator. Remember that you haven’t done anything wrong, and be honest with TSA if they question you about the contents of your bags; often it will streamline the security process. If you are being questioned in a public area, ask to be questioned in private to avoid snickers or raised eyebrows from fellow travelers.
7. Know Your Rights
While TSA has the right to question you about the security of your contents, they have no right to publically humiliate you. If you feel you have been a subject of harassment or inappropriate behavior, you can always file a report with the TSA Office of Civil Rights and Liberties. There is nothing wrong with traveling with sex toys! Don’t let them shame you!
Do you have any additional tips for traveling with sex toys? What about any embarrassing encounters with airport security? If you’re willing to divulge, we want to hear!