Whether you’re planning on braving the airports to be with family over the holidays or simply want a more reliable plan to fall back on the next time you have to travel for business, making security checks as hassle-free as possible is a significant priority for everyone. That’s precisely why so many toy lovers elect to leave their sex toys at home – persistent nightmares about being asked to explain their king-sized vibrating dildo in front of the entire airport.

It’s well worth learning the ins and outs of successfully traveling with a sex toy, though. There’s no time like a vacation to indulge in a few extra orgasms, solo or otherwise. More than half of all adults say traveling gives their sex drive a boost and report being more likely to have sex with their partners while away from home. Take full advantage of that vacation state of mind next time you travel with these pointers on how to get your sex toy through airport security without the hassle or embarrassment.

Stay calm, relaxed, and collected.

Sex and intimacy are private matters for most people, so it’s common to feel a little anxious when imagining a perfect stranger handling your vibrator or asking you about it in front of a crowd of other strangers. But keep in mind that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with owning and using a sex toy. There’s no shame in traveling with one, either.

Remind yourself of these facts as often as necessary to stay calm and relaxed when going through security checkpoints. Airport security staff are specially trained to spot people who are anxious, jumpy, or otherwise acting like something’s wrong. You’re far from the first person to bring a vibrator along for the ride, and you certainly won’t be the last, so don’t sweat it.

Choose a smaller toy with compact dimensions.

“Travel light” isn’t just great advice to keep in mind when packing items like clothing or shoes. Being on the go is infinitely more manageable when you’re not dragging the biggest, heftiest corded wand massager in your toy collection along with you. The smaller the toy, the less likely it is to cause a fuss when you’re making your way through a security checkpoint.

Try an option that’s small, portable, and super-convenient despite packing a powerful punch in the pleasure department. Any one of the options you’ll find in FemmeFunn’s Buddies collection is a perfect fit. Each Buddy is built to please and is compact enough to tuck discreetly into an inner suitcase pocket or carry-on bag.

Put a stop to any accidental buzzing.

Accidental activation is the most likely reason for a sex toy to cause a stir when making its way through airport security. Suppose a bag or suitcase suddenly starts vibrating. In that case, the airport’s security team will have no choice but to investigate, so it’s a good idea to think ahead and eliminate the chances of that happening.

If your toy is battery-operated, simply take the batteries out and pack them separately. If you use a rechargeable toy, you can plan ahead and let the charge run all the way out before it’s time to hit the road. If you’re in the market for a new toy and want to make sure it’s as travel friendly as possible, choose one that comes with a travel lock feature, the easiest and most failsafe way to make sure your vibrator doesn’t accidentally switch on in transit.

Plan as much as possible.

If you’re traveling outside of the country, it pays to do a little quick research before flying to make sure there aren’t any restrictions on toys where you’re going. Some countries – including India and the United Arab Emirates – may confiscate your toy on arrival due to such restrictions, which naturally defeats the purpose of bringing it with you in the first place.

It’s also worth placing your toy inside a clear plastic bag before packing it into your suitcase. That way, in the event your bag is opened by security personnel, they can see they’re dealing with an ordinary harmless vibrator without having to handle it too much. Do the same with any lubes or cleaners you also decide to pack and double-check to make sure they’re under three ounces in size to comply with TSA guidelines.

Just own it.

So, what if that recurring nightmare does come true? What if a security agent does decide to open your bag, goes through your stuff, finds your trusty vibrator, holds it up for all to see, and asks you what it is? You calmly and coolly tell them it’s your vibrator, that’s what. Don’t act nervous, and definitely don’t pretend it’s not yours.

Remember, taking ownership of your sexuality and being comfortable enough to travel with your vibrator are commendable things. Carry yourself that way, and act that way should the subject come up, and everything will be fine.