An important factor in ensuring that your condom is in good shape to protect you against unwanted sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancy is where you store them. But even before we go into the best and worst places to store your condoms, it's important to be aware that condoms do have an expiration date. Before you use a condom, be sure to check its expiration date. Expired condoms can become dry or brittle, causing them to potentially break during use. This then defeats the protective purpose of using a condom. It's also important to store your condoms in a cool, dry place away from sunlight in its original wrapper. This will preserve the condition of the condom. Remember, before you use the condom, even if it is not expired, it is still good to check it for any holes or rips.
If you live with your parents or have a roommate, you may especially be wondering where you should keep your condoms. Or, you may want to know how to keep your condoms handy while you are out. Here's a list of the best and worst places to keep your condoms.
Best Places to Store Your Condoms:
- Keep your condoms in an empty tin such as one for tea or Altoids. Keeping your condoms in a tin will help preserve the condition of the condoms and is a discreet way to keep your condoms hidden.
- A separate, small coin purse is a good place to stash your condom if you want to keep them handy while you are on the go. Do not keep it in your everyday wallet as frequent use of your wallet can cause the condom to wear down and possible tear the wrapping, causing the condom to dry out.
- Store your condoms in a sock, within your sock drawer. This will keep your condoms hidden and cool.
- Keep them in your nightstand so they are easily accessible. If you are worried about your partner, roommate, or parent being nosy, then put them in a piece of clothing that can disguise it.
- If you're on the go, keep your condoms in a side compartment of your backpack. Just make sure to keep them away from sharp objects such as pens or pencils and do not crush the condoms under heavy books.
- Another great place to stash your condoms is in an empty compartment of your jewelry box. If you have a jewelry box with multiple compartments, this can be a great secret storage area. Do not store the condoms where you keep other jewelry since earrings, necklaces, or bracelets can possibly rip the wrapper of the condom.
- Toiletry bags or unused cosmetic bags are another great place to store your condoms.
- If you really need a covert spot to stash your condoms, hollow out a book.
Worst Places to Store Your Condoms:
- Do not store your condoms in your wallet unless you are bringing only one and plan to use it that night. Storing condoms in your wallet, then putting your wallet in your back pocket, is a bad idea. Between the friction of your body movements, sitting down, and body heat, the condom can be worn down. If you want to have the condom on hand and need to keep it in your wallet, make sure it is a new, fresh condom out of the pack that same day. And be sure to check the condom before use.
- Do not keep your condoms in your glove compartment. Although you may think this would be a great spot since you can lock your car and keep your condoms handy while you're out, the heat from the car can wear down the condom.
- Do not keep your condoms in the refrigerator or freezer. Freezing or refrigerating condoms will not keep them fresh. It will only affect the material and condition of the condom.
- Do not keep your condoms outside. It is important to store your condoms in a dry, cool area. The change in outside temperature and other weather conditions can negatively affect the condition of the condoms.
While some of these points may seem like common sense, you'd be surprised where people store their condoms! Keeping them in the best condition possible is the only way to guarantee they'll be able to do their job in protecting you and your partner.