Sex Toys Make Up 30 Percent Of All Items Left In Hotel Rooms, New Survey Says, Plus 11 Tips For Traveling With Your Vibrator
After you’ve come home and unpacked everything from your fun little getaway, it sucks to find out that you’ve accidentally. People have a tendency of leaving things behind in hotel rooms unintentionally, whether it be a pair of shoes, chargers, or a cellphone. If one of those things happens to be your favorite little sex toy, then that really sucks. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a new study, sex toys make up for 30 percent of all items left in hotel rooms, the Irish Mirror reports.
The study, which was conducted by LateRooms.com, a UK-based hotel booking service, polled over 8000 hoteliers across the UK to discover what kind of items get left behind. While electronic gadgets like phones and laptops made the top of the list, the company was surprised at the amount of sex-related items.
“Whilst we fully expected smartphones, laptops and chargers to top the list, we were really surprised by some of the more unusual items our hotel partners have come across in their rooms – especially the number who regularly find abandoned sex toys,” Andrea Tarpey from Laterooms.com said.
A couple of those sex-related items include a plaster cast penis and a blow up sheep. Other unusual lost property reported include a prosthetic leg, a live lizard, a jar full of snails, pricey watches, cash, and wedding rings left by a couple who only married the night before.
“Our hoteliers are constantly amazed and often outraged by the things that guests routinely leave behind in their hotel rooms, with items ranging from the ordinary to the outlandish,” Tarpey said. “The sheer variety of items left behind in hotel rooms reflects the huge range of reasons behind our customers’ breaks – and the wonderfully colorful and very different characters our hotel partners welcome into their guestrooms.”
According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 44 percent of women between the ages of 18 and 60 have used a sex toy, and 23 percent of adults globally have used sex toys during sex. If you’re looking to take your favorite buzzworthy friend on your next adventure, here are 11 tips to ensure a much easier time. It would be a shame to have to leave it behind at a hotel.
1. Shut It Down And Lock It Up
According to LELO, a designer brand for intimate lifestyle products, if you can, make sure your toy is shut down and locked. In the same way you lock your phone and tablet when it’s not in use, lock your sex toy to make sure it won’t accidentally turn on when it’s being shuffled through all the rest of the baggage.
2. Remove The Batteries
If your toy doesn’t have a lock function, then just remove the batteries to prevent it from accidentally turning on. Speaking of batteries, make sure to pack some new ones if possible.
3. Use Clear Plastic Bags
Regardless of whether or not you’re packing a vibrator, if the TSA finds something curious in your bag, they’re going to investigate. To make things easier on everybody, pack your toy in a clear plastic bag so agents can clearly see it. As a bonus, it’s also a good hygienic storage option.
4. Size Matters
The TSA states that “tools” that are longer than seven inches are prohibited from being on carry-on luggage. So, if you’re looking to have a little fun on that long international flight, make sure to keep your vibe petite, discreet, and travel-friendly.
5. Pack Cleaning Wipes
You never know what goes on with your luggage when you aren’t looking. For all you know, a bunch of TSA agents have put their hands on anything and everything to make sure you’re not bring along anything shady. So, for the sake of keeping your personal products safe and clean, make sure you pack a couple of cleaning wipes to make sure that everything’s good before you use it.
6. Make Sure Your Sex Toys Aren't Banned In Your Travel Destination
It may be hard to believe, but some places aren’t as cool or open with sex as others. According to the Condé Nast Traveler, countries like Vietnam, Maldives, and Malaysia have laws banning sex toys. In this case, Google is your friend. If you’re not too sure about whether or not your sex toy is allowed, look it up. If it is, don’t try and cause trouble. Just don’t bring it.
7. Package Your Package
As PicoBong, another intimate lifestyle brand, suggests, if you don’t want a TSA agent getting all up in your vibrators, then try mailing them to your destination. If you absolutely must have your toy with you when you travel but you don’t want to go through the hassle of airport security, mailing it to yourself is the alternative option.
8. Pack It In Between Other Items
Put it in some type of a carrying case or a plastic bag between layers of clothes. If you happen to get searched, at least you have a little extra time to explain that you’re carrying a sex toy and ask to have your bag searched in private. Unless, of course, you’re cool with flashing your vibe to the rest of the people in the airport.
9. Keep Lube And Lotions Small And Properly Sealed
Liquids, gels, creams, and whatever must be 3.4 ounces or less per container on carry-on bags. So if you’re looking to bring lube or anything of the sort on your trip, make sure to put it into a smaller bottle. Also, make sure it's sealed tight. You don't want to discover that all of your belongings have been accidentally lubed up.
10. Keep Certain Toys Checked In Baggage
According to luxury sex toy and vibrator shop, Jo Divine, keep anything that could be potentially taken for a weapon, i.e. handcuffs or whips, in your checked-in baggage. Chances are, those will most likely be taken out during screening.
11. Own Up To It
In all honesty, TSA agents see a lot of different things on a daily. Most likely, you aren’t the first person traveling with a vibrator in their bag. If they ask, tell them straight up that you’re carrying a sex toy. That way, it’s not embarrassing for you if they end up going through your things to double check. You’ve already put that information out there in the open.