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Air Travel and Fetish Gear: Pack It Like a Pro

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Going through airport security is stressful at the best of times—long lineups and screaming kids, that person in front of you who doesn’t understand that bottled water is a liquid. Add to that the embarrassment of having your carry-on searched and your torpedo-sized dildo held up for all to see.

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While there’s not much you can do about all the other people in line, you can make things easier for yourself by being prepared. If you’re heading someplace that calls for a little kinky fun, be sure to pack your toys and gear carefully and read up on the rules before you get to the airport.

The tips I’m about to share with you come from a website called Letherati. For your convenience, I’ve summarized the main points.

Travel Tips for Kinksters

Do Your Research

Find out what is and isn’t permitted on the plane. Might your king-sized bottle of lube be mistaken for liquid explosives? Do you even need to take lube on the plane? (Don’t answer that, Mr. Mile High).

Look into the rules and regulations of the country you’re visiting. The importation of porn is illegal in some places and you could be detained or face financial penalties. The fact that you’ve made it through security doesn’t guarantee that you’ll make it through customs.

Keep Your Carry-On PG

Kleenex and breath mints, maybe a granola bar—that’s what carry-ons are for. Certain types of fetish gear, such as whips and paddles, could be considered weapons and will not be permitted on board the plane. Even handcuffs are likely to be confiscated, so save yourself the hassle and pack them in your checked luggage.

If you’re going on a weekend trip with nothing more than your toothbrush and vibrator, you shouldn’t have any problems taking it on the plane with you, just take the batteries out to avoid an accidental activation.

Expect Your Luggage to Get Searched and Prepare Accordingly

If you do decide to take your dildo on board the plane with you, expect it to draw the attention of security agents who will probably take it out for a closer look. Do yourself and everyone else a favor by ensuring that it’s squeaky clean and packed in a clear Ziploc bag. That way they can take it out for their inspection without having to touch it directly.

Even checked luggage could be searched, so pack all your toys in this way and be prepared for the conversation. (The good news is, they will probably take you off to the side so as not to embarrass you too much.)

Pack Your Gear and Change into it Later

Don’t try to create room in your suitcase by wearing all your gear either out in the open or under your clothes. Believe it or not, Border Security Agents might mistake you for a sex worker and it could create some unnecessary complications.

If you’re travelling with a partner with whom you engage in role play daily, assume your more vanilla personas as you go through the airport and through security. It seems like common sense, but people have been stopped and questioned for all sorts of kinky things. Save it for after you land and you’ll have a much more enjoyable trip.

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