#Love & Sex
The Best (and Worst) Places to Hide Your Condoms
by Jennifer CF
If you’re sexually active, it’s good to have condoms on hand for that moment when you really need them. Some people may keep condoms in their wallet or even in their shoe. Although you’re making the smart choice in wanting to practice safe sex, you also need to know where to keep condoms so they won’t expire sooner than expected and you’re ready to go at any moment.
An important factor in ensuring a condom is in good shape to protect you against unwanted STIs (sexually transmitted infections) or unwanted pregnancy is where you store them. But, before we go into the best and worst places to hide your condoms, it’s important to be aware that condoms do expire. Before you use one, be sure to check its expiration date. Expired condoms can become dry or brittle, causing them to potentially break during use—and no one wants that. It’s also important to store them in a cool, dry place away from sunlight in its original wrapper. This will preserve the condition of the condom. Remember, before you reach for your favorite rubbers, even if it’s not expired, you should still check for any holes or rips to cover all the bases.
If you live with your parents or have a roommate, you may especially be wondering where to keep your condoms. Or, you may want to know how to keep them handy while you’re out. Here’s a list of the best and worst places to hide your condoms until the right moment.
Best Places to Hide Your Condoms:
- Keep your condoms in an empty tin such as one for tea or Altoids. The tin will help preserve their condition and is a discreet way to hide your condoms in plain sight.
- A separate, small coin purse is a good place to stash a condom if you want to keep them handy on-the-go. Don’t keep it in your everyday wallet as frequent use can cause the condom to wear down and possibly tear the wrapping, causing the condom to dry out.
- Store them in a sock within your sock drawer. This will keep your condoms hidden and cool.
- A classic: In your nightstand, so they are easily accessible. If you’re worried about your partner, roommate or parent being nosy, then put them in a piece of clothing that can disguise them.
- 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 don’t crush them under heavy books.
- Or store them in an empty compartment of your jewelry box. If you have a jewelry box with multiple compartments, this can be a great secret storage spot. Don’t keep your condoms where your other jewelry is since earrings, necklaces or bracelets can rip the wrapper.
- Toiletry bags or unused cosmetic bags (we all have at least one) are one of the best places to hide condoms.
- If you really need a covert spot to stash your protection, hollow out a book.
Worst Places to Hide Your Condoms:
- Don’t 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’s new out of the pack that same day. And be sure to check the condom before use.
- Never keep them 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 make them ineffective.
- Though it might sound fun, don’t keep your condoms in the refrigerator or freezer. Freezing or refrigerating condoms won’t keep them fresh and will only affect the material and condition of the condom.
- Don’t store condoms outside. It’s important to keep them in a dry, cool area. The change in outside temperature and other weather conditions can negatively affect how long the condoms can last.
While some of these points may seem like common sense, you’d be surprised where most people store their condoms. (Yes, we’re talking about the lucky wallet condom you keep just in case.) 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.