• Fri, Jan 4 2013

Do You Take Your Vibrator (Or Any Sex Toys) With You When You Travel?

Self love is the best love.

Self love is the best love.

It seems my colleague Sam didn’t bring her vibrator with her to Portland. This makes her sad. It wasn’t that she forgot it, but in her words, “I knew somebody who had to have theirs taken apart because it was large and ‘suspicious’ (since there were metal parts inside) and that freaked me the fuck out.” Sam likes to swear a lot.

It makes sense (the fear, not the swearing, or I guess maybe both), that one would be afraid of such a sticky situation. And as we’ve seen in several cases in the past the TSA isn’t exactly down with you carrying any type of sex toy on a plane, and if they are, they’re likely to leave you a comment that will have your stomach turning. No one likes to read “Get your freak on, girl,” from a stranger because they eye-spied the vibrator in your luggage.

I told Sam that she probably could have avoided anything weird had she removed the batteries, packed them separately and checked her bag. However, checking her bag wasn’t an option for complicated flying details I won’t get into, so Sam currently resides in a vibrator-less world until she finds a shop in Portland that will fill the void in her life. Oh, Sam.

Personally, I have never considered traveling with a vibrator. It’s not a fear that I might have my sexuality discovered (oh no!), it’s just never crossed my mind. I figure if push comes to shove, I have hands. Granted, they do not produce the same outcome in such a short amount of time, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. Life can’t always be immediate orgasms and chocolates.

As I prepare for my trip abroad, I’m flirting with the idea of bringing a vibrator with me this time. Obviously, I know how to pack it (batteries separate!) and since I’m checking a bag, I don’t have to worry about a face-to-face confrontation in which a TSA agent may wave it around suspecting that it’s some high-tech, well-disguised bomb.

Have you ever traveled with your vibrator? If so, have you endured any horrific situations with the TSA you’d like to share?

Do you take your vibrator with you when you travel?

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  • Val20

    Oh my! A friend of mine got in a really awkward situation because she travelled with her vibrator! The security lady wanted to inspect her bag because she saw something on the x-ray… When my friend realized what they would find, she told the lady what she was about to get her hands on… She immediately zipped the bag and sent my friend on her way. Reaally funny!

  • at

    lol, I wish I could. Whenever I travel, it’s with either a) my family B) the boyfriend or d) my gal pals so there’s no never any “me” time, y’know?

  • Cee

    My girlfriend identifies as butch so she always carries equipment. Were both paranoid about germs so we run it in scalding water for a veery long time after we land somewhere. traveling with various silicone penises kinda removes any shame of carrying a bright vibrator with you.

  • Breezy

    I have a few times, just depends on where I’m going and who I’m going with! Conference by myself? Absolutely. Mission trip with my parents? Not so much.

    I wonder if I might be more sex toy-inclusive in my travels if I used something that didn’t vibrate and could therefore get off more discreetly. Hmm.

  • Lisa

    I never have, but most trips I’m going on are to go visit friends, so there isn’t exactly me time. Now, if I were to go on an extended business trip, or if I were to go abroad somewhere for a long time….maybe? Haven’t really thought about it, but if I do, I will make sure to remove said batteries!

  • ChattyKathy

    I work for an airline, please remove your batteries…enough said.

  • ironore068

    Hahaha. Me and wifey were at the Perth airport in Western Australia waiting in line when I started to hear a hum. Everyone was looking around as I was elbowing wifey quietly telling her to get into the bag and switch her vibrator off before we put the bag onto the check-in scales/conveyer belt. She was so embarassed but I was just laughing my head off.

  • Scrumpwell

    Buy a disposable battery toothbrush, external use only (unless you get creative with an accessory) but lets you catch your buzz and you don’t have to worry about leaving it out in your hotel room either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missphir Jennifer Marie Summers

    i do adult toy parties for a living, so i will fly with my items (batteries removed, of course). when flying to denver from baltimore over the summer, i was a little surprised that they did not even bat an eye as my bag of 11 vibrators went through the x-ray machine. i think TSA has seen it all… and ladies, you really should always travel with a special friend!