DIY Travel Dildo: first failed sex toy attempt involved airplane peanuts (NSFW)

A few months ago I had an assignment from Time Out Chicago magazine to make a do-it-yourself (DIY) sex toy. While sex toys and gadgets can be fun, there is a particular satisfaction that comes with making your own. As I had recently written about food-related sex play in their Food & Sex issue (click here to read the article or to see photos of me with bananas, cucumbers and strawberries), we wanted to go for something other than the “use a cucumber for a dildo” routine.

After perusing the internet for ideas, skimming books, talking with friends and consulting Searah from the amazing Chicago-based sex boutique Early to Bed, I narrowed down my list of ideas to several DIY sex toys that I thought would be relatively manageable and somewhat photogenic in case we wanted to show the actual toys in TOC.

Then life happened. I was in NYC to tape a TV show, up late and night, and hadn’t really told anyone I knew that that I was coming into the city, so had nothing to do except think and plot and plan. Having traveled that day, and gone through the wonder that is TSA, it occurred to me that it would be cool to make a travel dildo – something that people could assemble on the fly once they arrived at wherever it is they were going. Doing so would help people be sexually satisfied at their destination without having to have their sex toy examined at TSA.

I started looking through the hotel room and my luggage for props. Being a sex educator, I happened to have several different types of condoms in my travel bag (condoms are one of the essential tools for most DIY dildos as they help to contain whatever it is you are using for bulk and they also help to give it shape). I also had some airplane peanuts that I hadn’t eaten on the plane, but I only had two peanut bags. I would need something more. Aha! Napkins from the salad I had eaten earlier at the airport. Here are my tools of the trade assembled on the bathroom counter, ready to go: 2 condoms, 2 bags of airplane peanuts and some napkins.

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Step 1: Open one of the condom wrappers and unroll the condom.
Step 2: Pour airplane peanuts into the condom.

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Step 3: Stuff napkins in the condom to give it the desired length. Keep in mind that most vaginal sensation is in the first 2 or 3 inches of the vagina, so you may not need to make it as long as your partner’s penis or a typical dildo for maximum pleasure.

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Step 4: Knot the condom at the end to prevent peanut leakage.
Step 5: Insert peanut-and-napkin-filled condom into the second condom, which provides an extra barrier between you and the peanuts should you get a little overly vigorous with your use (this was the idea anyway). The 2nd condom is also preferable because the outside of the 1st condom can get salty from your handling of the salted peanuts and it’s not like you want to get roasted salt in your vagina. Or at least I didn’t want to. Ta da! Done.

Well, sort of. Here is why this DIY travel dildo failed and thus I didn’t write about it for the magazine (although my 2nd attempt at another travel dildo worked and made the cut):

It turns out that a peanut-filled dildo is way too squishy for penetrative use. This picture doesn’t do it justice but you can imagine that if you tried to insert a peanut filled condom into a small orifice, well, the peanuts squish out to the sides making it too wide to go in. In fact, the peanuts – even through two layers of condoms – can feel somewhat abrasive. As such, I call BS on all the DIY sex toy sites that recommend making dildos by stuffing condoms with beads, marbles and other small objects because I just don’t see how they can work comfortably in practice. Yes, the condom can initially hold them in a dildo-like column but the toy doesn’t pan out as well in actual use.

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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.