Travel Condoms- Preparing for International Visits

Due largely to the legal drinking age being 18 instead of 21 in other nations, the top Spring Break destinations of 2017 are international ones. So what’s the simplest way to stay safer while humping your way across the globe? By bringing your own travel condoms from home, of course!

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While taking a tropical trip out of the country can be an absolute blast, bear in mind that making specific purchases in a foreign land can be somewhat tricky. This requires a little forethought on your part during the preparation for your travels. Sure, you may remember to pack your bikini, board shorts, sunblock and flip flops, but did you also remember to procure and pack your own condoms?

International Condom Sizes

In many remote locations, not only are condoms less available for purchase by consumers than they are domestically, the sizes and brands you are used to probably won’t be in the local stores. Their sizes may be listed in millimeters instead of inches, if they are listed at all. The features and characteristics of the condoms will also be in a foreign language and may be indecipherable in the heat of the moment. For instance, does it have a reservoir tip? Is it textured? Is it non latex?

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Brands which have not been approved by the FDA will also be for sale, since international retail locations do not have to follow these strict government guidelines for medical devices, like the stores and manufacturers here in the States are required to abide by. To be sure you have the right condom for your unique penis size, order your favorite brand of condoms, like Crown Skinless Skins ahead of time and bring plenty with you. Even if you don’t use them all yourself, your friends are sure to bum some along the way.

Improper Condom Storage

Condoms need to be stored properly to retain effectiveness, and can easily break if they are kept in conditions which are too hot or too cold. It may be difficult to know the exact temperature regulations these countries have for their condoms, and obtaining that information, especially when you don’t speak the language, could be even more difficult. Since tropical heat conditions and condoms don’t mix, it’s best to stick with what’s within your control.

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Another possibility is they also may be close to expiring. Just as you wouldn’t want to use a condom that’s been sitting in a garage in Miami for years, buying from a local shop while traveling internationally could potentially put you in harm’s way. You can be sure the high quality condoms you get from Condom Depot, like the Caution Wear Black Ice, are far from expiring and are stored in a well maintained and climate controlled environment.

Transporting Your Domestic Condoms

Yes, condoms are allowed on airplanes, trains and, cruise ships. Customs should not hassle or detain you for bringing condoms into a foreign country. However, like the aforementioned paragraph, keeping them room temperature throughout your transport into another country is essential. Even if your bringing along a yummy island flavored condoms, like Durex Tropical condoms, they’re still a medical device, not a food, so don’t store them in a cooler with an ice pack in it.

It’s also best not to pack your precious condom cargo in a section of your suitcase in which anything sharp like a pen, tweezers or nail file also resides. It’s not a bad idea to keep one or two in your purse, carry on or laptop bag in case things escalate to a humptastic state before you reach your final destination. This way it’s easy to grab and go- at it.

What if I Run Out or Forget my Condoms?

Just in case you read this and still space out when it comes time to pack your suitcase, or once you get there you’re so busy doing the horizontal hula that you need more, here’s how you say the word condom in a few other languages (according to Google Translate):

Spanish: el condón, el profiláctico, el preservador
French: le préservatif, la capote
German: Kondom, das Präservativ, der Präser
Portuguese: a preservativo, o camisinha, o profilático
Filipino: kondom
Greek: profylaktikó

 

 

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