Sunday, September 02, 2007

MBS Spanko Brunch #85

Many spanking enthusiasts have an extensive collection of toys that add spice to their play. When traveling, it's simply not practical to bring along all of these fun items. We must instead carefully select a subset to pack. Today's brunch considers what to take and how best to transport it.

Do you ever travel with spanking and/or sex toys? If so, what do you consider essential and why? When packing, what precautions do you take to preserve your privacy?

If you would like to contribute to our discussion, please leave a comment below, send me an e-mail message, or post a response on your own blog. Once everyone has provided their input, I will publish a summary.


LynLass said...

For a couple of years, I had a corporate position that had me flying the not so friendly skies about 45 weeks a year. (The rest of the time-in state-I drove.) The good news was that I usually went back to the same place 4 to 10 weeks running. The only thing I packed was the basic, generic, plug-in vibrator, always packed in my check-in luggage. (I hated flying out from Charleston. The airport was small enough that they hand checked ALL luggage in your presence at check-in.) I didn't worry about privacy since even if my bag was inspected (and it was, frequently), I wasn't around when it happened. What made life much easier, was that after the initial flight in, I'd just take my computer bag home on the weekend, pack everything else into my big suitcase (I'd do my laundry Thursday night at the hotel) and either leave it in my office or if it was a friendly hotel, sometimes they'd hold it in their storage until I come back on Monday. I didn't have any spanking toys-that was during my "I've just discovered this spanking stuff on-line, all I need is to just read about it to really get turned on," stage of my life. It wasn't until just before I left that position that I had my first R/L spanking.

If I were still traveling today, I'd probably continue putting toys in the checked luggage. Now I'd be tempted to put in a big note with them that said, "For a spanking good time, leave your first name and number and I'll give you a call!" In spite of all the miles, I've had lugguage delayed, but never lost a bag yet! I prefer to risk a delay as opposed to having to deal with the possibility of having them confiscated.

storynattie said...

Back before 9/11, I was just getting to know DH. We'd met online and we're doing the long-distance thing. Well, after 9/11, we met in Vegas. He sent me home with not only the toys I'd brought, but the ones he'd brought.

When I got back to the airport, things weren't quite set up for luggage inspection yet. We all stood in this line that moved along a row of tables. On this row of tables, security workers were literally unpacking our suitcases under everyone's eyes (nothing else to look at!).

So there I was, face burning in embarrassment, everyone watching all my toys laid out on the table. Meanwhile, said security workers are trying their best to maintain straight faces. They are not succeeding.

I have never taken a spanking or sex toy with during air travel, again, lol. Who knew I was a prude?

Natty said...

Omg, Nattie, how awful! That's not being a prude. That's a Post-Traumatic response! I'm so sorry that happened to you.

The first two times when A. and I were together, I went over to England. If I remember correctly, I believe I took a ruler, a black kinky riding crop, and some handcuffs. Since then he's come over here and the first time he brought a hairbrush, a clothesbrush, and a real riding crop. Can't say we really did much selecting as those represented our entire toy collection at the time. And now when we get toys, we get them on this side of the Atlantic.

And thankfully, both transports went without incident. :)

Jane said...

John and I are going away next weekend. We'll be flying so this discussion is very timely for us.
I was thinking of just taking a hairbrush (ouch!). Any other ideas?


Paul said...

Bonnie, when Mel and I travelled our toys, such as they were, mainly a heavy strap and a standard tawse were locked into our check-in luggage, never a problem. In those days the world wasn't so security conscious.
The embarrassment came at the hotel as we both could be absent minded and quite often left the toys out after use. We often wondered what the maids thought, I suspect that in big hotels they often saw worse.
Warm hugs,

hermione said...

If I were travelling with my husband we wouldn't pack any toys, but I'd make sure he was wearing the wide leather belt I like so much.

I often travel on business by train to a large city with a good variety of adult stores. I usually try to visit one and bring home something new. I buy spanking books in the adult section of a large bookstore. If I am away overnight the book comes in handy at bedtime, but NOT for reading on the train :D

My embarrassing moment happened when I bought a keychain with a pair of red lips. When pressed, it made the sounds of a woman having a very long, intense orgasm. I thought it would be perfect for our anonymous Christmas gag gift exchange at work. When I got on the train I stuffed my carry on bag into the overhead luggage compartment. I must have squeezed the lips because the darned thing started moaning and gasping! I slammed the door shut on the bag and sat down in hurry.

Paige Tyler said...

LOL! Definitely! We usually bring a hairbrush, the leather boudoir paddle, and/or the smalll square wooden paddle we have. Privacy can get a bit tricky, we're creative!

Paige (Tigger)

Our Bottoms Burn said...

If you are on the private side, check your luggage. For others, it might be fun to watch the xray image of your paddle when you go through the security gate. [smile]

Signed, still debating on checking or carrying on our bags next week.

Dareus said...

We are a military couple about to be stationed overseas. We ran into the "Oh, no! How do we move the toys?" problem. We didn't want the contract military movers packing it and thought it best not to take them on military air travel. Our solution is to mail them to ourselves. We are packing a few "normal" things that won't raise red flags in our luggage, a bath brush and a good belt. We figure there are switches somewhere in Japan if we need more than that for a week or two while we wait for our "fun and games" box to get to us. Now our problem....What do we put on the customs forms for content?
1-Small Red Paddle with holes
1-Large Wooden Paddle with obey inscribed
1-Thick Leather Strap
1- Loopy John....
and the list would go on....
Nope, I think we will lable the contents as something like "Homeschool Items"

Bonnie said...

We used to hide all sorts of goodies in our checked luggage until they started searching everything. Today, we make do, mostly with pervertables like a hairbrush, belts, and kitchen implements. I usually pack a simple vibrator as well. I have to figure they’ve seen those devices often enough that they are no longer particularly interesting. Ditto lubes and oils and such.

I miss being able to take along our bondage toys, but we figure those might earn us a whole different kind of rough treatment. Again, it’s possible to substitute to some degree. For example, we get by with scarves or handkerchiefs for restraint.

The air travel restrictions have caused us to rethink our plans on several occasions. Despite higher fuel prices, we now drive to destinations we did not in the past. I find I actually enjoy taking a little extra time and skipping the stress inherent in a trip to the airport.

Trenting said...

I would die if my toys were detected on a flight or otherwise and I have found most men enjoy a bit of a spank whether they want to admit it or not, Most of the time I have an urge to just do it, and I never get a negative reaction.. hmmm..

Robin said...

A week late, but I did want to comment on this. Having taken a vacation with my hubby just this year where we knew in advance that spanking was going to be a big part of it, I can talk with some experience about travelling with "toys." I packed just about everything we have (paddles, brushes, plugs, vibrators, oils, lubricants, etc.). We were travelling internationally, with multiple flights. Everything was packed our checked baggage, all batteries were removed, liquids were in plastic bags. DH was a little concerned about what any security personnel would think, but I figured they've probably seen it all and I wasn't going to stress about it -- I wanted our toys with us.
We made it there and back without any issues, and had a spanking good time on our vacation.

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