Can you bring a vibrator in a carry-on bag?

Can I Bring a Vibrator In A Carry-On Bag?

Rose MacDowell

You’re about to zip up your carry-on stuffed with vacay gear and your trusty vibrator when suddenly it occurs to you: are you even allowed to bring a sex toy through security? A vibrator is an electronic device, after all. Should it go in the plastic bin with your laptop in full view of your plane-mates? Does it belong in checked luggage instead? Will you have to endure a long weekend at your sister’s without your silicone companion? 

Keep reading! We’ve got the answers to those questions and more in our guide to flying the rumbly skies.

Flying With Vibes

Anything you bring on an airplane is subject to a long list of rules, and vibrators are no exception. Every possible item you can pack, from hatchets (in your checked bag is okay!) to fireworks (nope across the board), is tightly controlled for safety reasons. While there’s no specific mention of sex toys in FAA regulations, devices with batteries are governed by strict requirements — meaning your vibe is, too.

Why? Because some batteries are safe in the air and some aren’t. By batteries we mean many types of rechargeable batteries as well as those that are replaceable.

If you have a rechargeable vibrator, chances are good it contains a lithium ion battery. Lithium ion batteries can (and unfortunately sometimes do) explode if short-circuited or damaged. Picture what might happen to your toy as your suitcase is tossed around blithely by baggage handlers and you get the idea. 

To reduce the risk of fire, the FAA suggests bringing any devices installed with lithium ion batteries in your carry-on luggage, though you aren’t expressly forbidden from checking them. That means they want you to bring your vibrator with you on the plane! Hooray for those of us who like carting our vibes anywhere and everywhere. If you must check your vibrator, power it off, activate the travel lock if it has one, and pack it carefully so it won’t switch on or get damaged during flight.  

Spare lithium ion batteries that aren’t installed in a device like a vibrator or laptop pose the greatest risk of fire or explosion. Spare lithium ion batteries can’t be checked, and must always be transported in your carry-on. The same goes for any electronic device that’s been damaged or recalled. Don’t check it. The end. 

How about removable batteries like AAs and AAAs? These batteries are known as dry cell batteries, and are subject to the same “better in a carry-on but check if you have to” recommendation by the FAA. Always make sure your dry cell batteries haven’t corroded before packing your vibe and then switch on the travel lock. Even better, take the batteries out of the device and pack them separately. 

Expert Tip: Not sure if your vibrator has a travel lock, or how to activate it? Consult the instructions that came with your toy or check out your toy’s info on the manufacturer’s website. Still not sure? Give the manufacturer a call or chat with a company rep online.   

TSA rules for vibrators

Non-Powered Toys

Now that you’re up to date on the rules for flying with vibes, what about other kinds of toys? Do pleasure products without batteries get a pass? In terms of strict rules, yes. Dildos, butt plugs, and other non-powered sex toys are technically okay to pack in either a carry-on or checked bag, with one caveat: anything that looks odd as it passes through the X-ray machine can result in a TSA agent pawing through your luggage. 

If you want to sail through security and you’re checking a bag, let your non-powered toys make the trip in the cargo hold. If you must bring these types of toys in a carry-on, stash them in individual bags and pack them on top for easy access in case an agent pulls you aside. Do the same with any vibes in your hand luggage.

And remember you aren’t the only one who totes toys when they travel! If asked what that 7-inch purple thing is exactly, a simple response like “sex toy” or “muscle massager” is usually sufficient. Rest assured, TSA agents have seen it all. 

Keep It Protected

Protecting your vibrator is just as important as how you transport it. Most toys come with a storage pouch, which is a perfect way to keep your toy safe while you travel. Many of us store our toys in their original boxes, but these are usually too stiff and bulky to pack. Ditto for hard storage cases, which can be heavy and take up valuable space in your luggage.

If you don’t have a storage pouch, a clean shoe bag or reclosable plastic bag can keep your toy from picking up lint, hair, and dust while you travel. We love flexible silicone toy cases because they’re designed to slide into small spaces or between layers in your luggage. They’re also reusable, wipe clean, and typically come with a zippered top to keep everything neatly in place. And when you’re not using them for toys, they double as bags for makeup, craft supplies, condoms, you name it. 

Don’t have a bag or storage case? The old slip-it-in-a-sock method works well in a pinch, especially if you’re short on luggage space!

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Keep It Clean

Toy cleaner is another must-have for travel, and is perfect if you’re camping or going to a place with iffy water safety. We like a little spray bottle of cleaner (keep it in a watertight bag in case of leaks) or wipes for easy clean-up on the go. If you’re going on a longer trip or have a bit more space in your luggage, a UV sterilizer can double as toy cleaner and storage, and is great for sterilizing anything you can fit inside, from keys to wallets to glasses.  

Planning a quick staycation instead of a flight? Toy cleaner plus a vibe in a storage bag is also the perfect set-up for overnights with a partner or just a relaxing afternoon away. 

Final Thoughts

Vibrators have become an important self-care item, and few of us like to leave home without them. To travel safely and avoid delays at the airport, know how your vibe is powered and the FAA rules for transporting it. And if you need any more tips for traveling with toys, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re always happy to suggest great on-the-road pleasure products. Just email us at info@delicto.com, or DM us on TikTok or Instagram