If your lucky enough to be going away this summer, there’s no need to take a holiday from your sex toys too.
Sex retailer, Bondara.com has produced a guide for travelers who want to take their toys away without having problems with strict baggage restrictions and security searches.
- To make sure your luggage doesn’t give you away by your vibrator starting to buzz on its own, always remove the batteries from your vibrator, or if it is rechargeable then make sure that the travel lock is activated.
- Put your items in separate clear plastic bags. By keeping items in re-sealable plastic bags it stops them from being contaminated from handling if anyone needs to search your luggage.
- If you are taking lube or toy cleaner remember that you can only have containers up to 100ml in hand luggage. Lots of lubricants come in different size bottles so make sure you look at the size before you buy – if it’s bigger than 100ml then put it in your check-in luggage. If you are concerned about the container being explicit you can even decant some into a plain bottle (available from many chemists, Boots, Superdrug etc).
- Don’t pack banned items in your hand luggage. Most sharp items and liquid/gel filled items are typically not allowed so pack these in your check-in luggage. Also, avoid any metal items or any that could potentially look like a weapon (dildos, butt plugs etc).
- Remember, airport staff are within their rights to search your luggage and your person, if they feel they have a reason to. If any items do raise question it’s easier to come clean and tell security staff that an item is a sex toy rather than risk an embarrassing and potentially frightening situation at the airport.
If you have any concerns about travelling with sex toys, contact your airline or travel agent. Often they have forms or call centers where you can anonymously ask questions if you’re embarrassed.
Another thing to be wary of are the local laws of the country you are visiting. Some have a ban on sex toys, pornography and even have strict rules on sex. For example, Sex toys are illegal in India, UAE (Dubai, etc) and Saudi Arabia and some US states – and most don’t allow pornography. Also in some places, such as many parts of Africa, Asia and some Caribbean Islands, it is illegal to be gay or lesbian. If someone sees you with a sex toy (especially one that is associated with gay and lesbian sex practices) it could cause problems.
Although sometimes illegal in these places, we’ve heard stories of visitors taking in sex toys and not having a problem – but it is often not worth the risk. Check with your travel agent before taking your sex toys to these locations.