Thanks For Flying the Sexy Skies
You’ve got some hot, steamy travel plans coming up.
Time away from it all in a great destination.
Whether you’re going with a partner or flying solo, you’re sure to want a toy or two along for fun. The trouble is, nothing on the TSA regulations explains sex toys, and you’ve heard some horror stories. Or, you’re self conscious.
“Hey, that’s an electric toothrbush! No really. It is!”
First, accept the fact that anything you pack, checked or carry on, is going through some form of screening and will be seen. Next, accept the idea that no matter how freaky you may be, these folks have seen freakier.
So, here it is, the no-holds barred, brutally honest truth about traveling with sex toys.
1. Size Matters | Sex Toy Size Packing Guide
Technically, there are no restrictions specifically for sex toys; however, most toys are judged under the existing rules for things like tools, power tools, and other odds and ends.
Anything that could be a weapon, is sharp and pointy, or could be used as a bludgeon should be checked as well.
So that Njoy Pure Wand we love so much? Pack it in the checked bag!
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: Tools over 7” long must be in checked baggage.
2. Pack it, And Bag it, and Mark it With an “ST”
Place all toys in plastic baggies.
That will keep them clean during transport, and you really don’t want even gloved hands all over your toys if you bag is inspected, right?
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: If you’ve got a toy that is even slightly obscure, consider labeling it with “sex toy”, “novelty toy”, or “personal massager.”
3. Things That Go Buzz While in Flight
Aside from size issues, there are no restrictions specifically prohibiting battery operated devices in your carry on.
Power tools are supposed to go in checked luggage, but I have successfully flown with a Magic Wand in my carry on.
And yes, the bag was inspected because the agent apparently thought it looked like a pipe bomb.
Tickle Me Pretty: Remove the batteries, and bag and label the toy. And then pack an extra pack of batteries just in case.
4. Don’t Get Sneaky With Insertables
Once again, size is the main issue.
Though I’d be hard pressed to figure out how to use a 9” silicone dildo as a weapon, it could conceivably fall into the “tools” category, and as such should go in your checked baggage.
Just to be safe, I always check anything exceptionally large, or toys made of hard materials like metal, glass, acrylic, or wood.
Tickle Me Pretty: Label it!
5. First Class Lube
If you don’t often use lube, you should be. And if you don’t like the mess, take advantage of daily hotel maid service.
Remember that lube is just like any other liquid substance.
Make sure the lube is in a container that holds 3.4 ounces or less and is sealed in a quart size zip bag.
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: Consider buying a cute travel lube. Takes up less space and you won’t mistake it for hand sanitizer.
6. Back up The Super Expensive Kinky Stuff
Floggers, and whips, and handcuffs, oh my! Oh the dilemma!
Do you pack them in carry on where they may be considered a weapon, or do you put them in checked baggage where theft is a possibility?
When it doubt, check the items.
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: Consider buying two versions of your favorite and most valued sex toys. In the event that they go “missing” while in travel, you will always have something at home waiting for you in anticipation.
7. Keep it Cheerful & Keep on Daydreaming
One simple rule, be honest.
If it happens, and it might. Stay calm, roll your shoulders back,, smile and address the agent’s questions and answer honestly, “yes, that’s a dildo” or “yes, my bag contains some sex toys.” Remember, they have definitely seen worse.
And any discomfort you do end up feeling (if at all) will be forgotten once you move past security and start day dreaming about your sexy fun time later on.
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: Nervous about a bag check through security? Bag up your toys in see-through baggies, and label them. This might avoid the potential of the TSA agent removing your hot toy from your bag.
8. Banned Abroad
There are places on the planet that prohibit sex toys.
They are few and far between, but it’s always good to know before you go.
Though most will simply ask you to dispose of the toys, it’s an expensive mistake that could include serious legal trouble. Just do a quick internet search before you pack. And when it comes down to it, trust your gut. You probably already know the answer
Tickle Me Pretty Tip: Research the laws before you go-go. Some countries ban sex toys.
It Happened to Me!
I’ve responded to TSA questions with a simple, “that’s my vibrator” and gotten no more than a shrug before moving on.
The Magic Wand incident? I felt sorry for the agent inspecting my bag.
The Wand was in a bag with rope, a suspension ring, and a wide variety of other sex toys and tools.
When he opened the bag, the first thing he saw was a bright red, inflatable dildo.
After he closed the bag, he looked at me and my husband and asked if we were vendors at the big convention. Without missing a beat, my husband’s response was, “Nope, performers.”