How to Travel with your Vibrator
Many people find travel to be the ultimate aphrodisiac – it takes us out of our normal patterns, and opens us to new possibilities. Jimmyjane vibrators are the perfect accessories for bringing pleasure to any business trip, vacation or spontaneous getaway.
Follow these handy tips to sail through airport security and make your adventure a satisfying one.
To check or not to check?
Packing your vibrator in your check-through luggage is a simple way to avoid any mishaps in the security line. However, there's no guarantee that your beloved companion won't disappear from your suitcase -baggage screeners may not know what it is and remove it just to be safe.
A good rule of thumb is to travel light, bringing small and/or discreet vibrators in your carry-on. If you can't bear to part with your bevy of larger accessories, pack them in your check-through luggage (with a label identifying them as vibrators to dispel any confusion) – along with any lubricants larger than 3oz.
Five Tips for Traveling with your Vibrator
- If possible, remove the batteries. This is the surefire way to prevent your vibrator from accidentally turning on during transit and discharging all its battery power. Place your batteries in a plastic bag and store them separately from the vibrator casing.
- Choose products that have a lock feature. If you're traveling with a rechargeable vibrator, or a vibrator whose battery can't be removed, check if it has a lock feature. This will prevent it from turning on, even if its buttons are accidentally pressed. FORM 2 and FORM 6 can both be locked.
- Choose products that are small and/or discreetly designed. Small vibrators are perfect for travel, as they can be stashed just about anywhere and are less likely to draw attention. Alternatively, a larger vibrator with a simple, understated design (e.g. no zebra stripes or glittery rabbit ears) can be an ideal option.
- Pack it between other items. Rather than let your vibrator roam freely in your carry-on or luggage, pack it in a carrying case or plastic bag, and place it between layers of clothing. Should your bag get searched, this will buy you time to quietly explain that you're carrying a sex accessory, and ask that your bag be searched in private.
- If questioned, answer honestly. While it may be tempting to insist your vibrator is really a pencil case/chew toy/marching band baton, lying could land you in hot water. Keep it brief when answering all questions and use straightforward, clinical terms. And relax – security personnel have seen it all and have been trained to be sensitive in these matters. Once they realize what that curious little gadget is, they'll most likely send you on your merry way.
What more information?
Sex educator Cory Silverberg offers his formidable travel wisdom here.
Violet Blue provides an in-depth discussion of traveling with different types of sex accessories here.
Review your rights and a list of prohibited items at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website.