Take Your Sex Toys on Vacation!
If, like me, you convince yourself you can pack a whole vacation's worth of essentials into one carry-on bag (rolling your clothes is the answer, people), then you’ve probably experienced the 'hairdryer or sex toy' dilemma.
As far as I’m concerned, my Mantric wand has just as much right to a corner of my suitcase as my hair straighteners and 7 pairs of shoes.
And though I know the humidity will turn my hair into a fuzzy mess as soon as I get off the plane, and I'll shuffle around in the same pair of sliders all week, at least I'll have great orgasms.
If you can’t bear to leave your trusty plaything behind, then here are a few tips for taking your toys on vacation.
Do your research
While airport security staff in some countries won't bat an eyelid at the sight of your 10-inch dildo, not everywhere is cool with you bringing the contents of your bedside drawer on vacation. Some countries even classify them in the same category as pornographic material.
If you want to avoid having your beloved Desire vibe confiscated, or at worst, finding yourself behind bars, find out where your vacation destination stands when it comes to the import of sex toys.
Thailand, Saudi Arabia and the Maldives are just some of the destinations that ban them from being brought into the country. Weirdly, it's a crime to possess more than 6 dildos in Texas, so leave your seventh behind if you're travelling to the Lone Star State.
If you're not sure, check with your airline before you travel.
What type of toys?
Some toys make better travel companions than others, so we've picked a few to give you some inspiration while packing.
You and your vacation pals won't need to fight over the travel adaptor if you take a rechargeable toy you can use anywhere in the world.
Seriously - airport staff see all manner of sex toys roll through the security scanners, so there's no need to feel embarassed or ashamed if your luggage is picked out for a random check (unless it's in one of the countries we mentioned above).
One thing you can prevent is your bag buzzing away in the overhead compartment, by choosing a toy with a travel lock. Scroll down the page when you're reading about a product on the Lovehoney website to find out if this is one of its key features. If you're really worried, check it into your hold luggage.
If your toy is battery powered, remove the batteries before you travel, or - to be on the safe side - buy your batteries when you get to your destination, just in case they get damaged.
Fitting all your toiletries into one of those transparent airport bags is always a nightmare, so grab a travel-sized (3.4 fl oz or under) bottle of lube or a few sachets instead. A new bottle with a secure lid or seal is best, so you don't end up with gloop all over your favourite summer dress.
Not only is it great for sex, the slippery stuff is also pretty useful if you're sunburnt – just fill a balloon with a little lube (don't blow it up, obviously), stick it in the refrigerator, and you've got your very own cooling gel pack.
Travelling with carry-on only? Some airlines have weight restrictions, so go for lighter toys like the Oh-Moji Wand that won't push your luggage over the limit.
Speaking of regulations, it's best to avoid toys that could be classed as weapons, like rope and heavy metal dildos.
It goes without saying that safe sex is just as important on vacation as it is at home, so make sure you take a supply of condoms with you.
It's best to buy them before you go, so you can make sure they carry the relevant safety marks.
Condoms shouldn't be stored anywhere warmer than 100° Fahrenheit (37.5° Celcius) or cooler than 32° Fahrenheit (0° Celcius), so keep them away from direct sunlight and never leave them in the car if temperatures outside are likely to drop below freezing.
Dental dams protect against sexually transmitted infections during oral sex, so it's a good idea to have a stash of these, too. You can use a condom if you don't have any on hand - just cut off the tip and rim, then cut down the length to make an oblong shape.
Keep it quiet
One of the many things I love about my Mantric wand is that its rumbly vibrations are whisper-quiet (which comes in handy in my door-less attic bedroom).
If you're taking a stroker, cock ring or dildo on vacation you'll only have to worry about your own moans and groans being overheard.
But if you like your toys with a little extra buzz and don't want your friends/family/B&B owner to know what you're up to on the other side of the wall, it's worth considering how loud your toy is before you pack it.
Got any more vacation sex toy tips? Let us know in the comments below!
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