We’ve all heard the stories of vibrating suitcases on the luggage carousels and TSA agents holding up sex toys. For some of us, situations like that make for funny travel stories, while others would be completely humiliated. Which are you?

Either way, if you're a vibrator lover, you might still want to take your favorite toy along for the ride. And, beyond keeping your cargo discreet, there are things we might not think about until we get where we’re going (can you charge that rechargeable in Europe?) that make a little advance planning a good idea when you want to take a vibrator on a trip. Here are a couple of things to look for when selecting a vibrator for travel that will help you avoid everything from embarrassment to being stranded vibrator-less abroad.

A Travel Lock

Last summer I was packing up for a trip and I had to decide between two near-identical wand vibrators (I like the big guns!). One was an old favorite that never let me down and the other a newer, lesser known entity. You know which one got to go on the trip? The one with the travel lock.

A travel lock on a vibrator doesn’t exist to keep your toy secure as much as it exists to keep your toy quiet.

In this case that was the newer one. So, what’s a travel lock and why does it matter? How do you lock a portable handheld device? What’s with all this vibrator security anyway?! Well, a travel lock on a vibrator doesn’t exist to keep your toy secure as much as it exists to keep your toy quiet. Remember a minute ago when I mentioned vibrating suitcases on luggage carousels? Well that’s what happens when a vibrator goes off in a suitcase. When a rechargeable vibrator doesn’t have a travel lock all it takes is a little jostling for the buttons to be bumped and suddenly your bag is the buzzy one! So, many companies now incorporate travel locks, which are usually activated by pressing the controls in a certain sequence. This locks up the toy's controls and prevents it from turning on accidentally.

When dealing with vibrators that are not rechargeable you can also keep them quiet in transit by removing the batteries from battery operated toys when you pack them or, if you’re a wand fan like me, going old-school and bringing a corded toy.

A Quiet Motor

So maybe the question that comes before this one is “do you care if anyone hears your vibrator?” if the answer is “no” then, damn the torpedos, full speed ahead! But, if you are concerned about fellow travelers, or perhaps your host hearing your toy, you want to be aware of how loud it is. Some toys whisper or purr while others ROAR. I have one that makes a reasonable amount of noise when you turn it on but gets louder as you press down with it as if to announce “Hey, everyone I’m MASTURBATING!!” This may be something to consider and a solid reason to pick a toy with a quiet motor.

Easy Packing


What does this even mean? Well, a couple of things. Some vibrators come with lovely travel cases, some are so tiny and discreet you can slip them into your purse next to your lipstick (or whatever). Think about how your toy needs to be packed. Are you checking luggage? Personally, I always recommend packing toys in checked luggage as it usually causes the machines at TSA to ping (or whatever they do) and I know I’ve explained many a vibe to TSA agents. (Once an agent at O’Hare was tap-dancing around the issue, trying to save me embarrassment when I blurted out “just, FYI, there’s a dildo in there!”) However, lithium ion batteries are not allowed in check bags and thus any toys powered by them must be carried on. Some folks will tell you that small toys are the best choice for travel but if you, like me, don’t enjoy small toys that’s not much help. Think about your toy’s size, shape and battery type, your luggage space, and your own ability to deal with strangers knowing that you are packing some power when you pick a toy to travel with.

Once an agent at O’Hare was tap-dancing around the issue, trying to save me embarrassment when I blurted out “just, FYI, there’s a dildo in there!”

Universal Charging

This one is especially important if you are traveling internationally: How does your toy charge? Plugs are different in different countries. For this reason, many toys now charge via USB, which means you can charge pretty much anywhere. Some vibes, like the O-Wand, even come with adapters so you can charge them while traveling. Remember to consider this before you pack up, though. You don’t want to find yourself mid-trip with a dead vibe and no way to charge it.

Have Sex Toys, Will Travel

So that’s the story, folks. There’s no reason not to take your favorite vibrator with you when you hit the road, there are just some things you'll want to consider to make sure the trip is safe, fun and satisfying for all involved - and to make sure yours isn’t the vibrating suitcase at the baggage claim! Bon Voyage!