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Stephanie_1
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So having heard quite a few times that it's tough to remember to take condoms since they shouldn't be carried in a wallet or left in the car... I thought maybe it was time to bring this up.

We talk about the safer sex kit, but how do you transport everything? How do you remember to bring protection/lube? How do you decide in a relationship who should pay, or if you should both have some on hand? What cute ways do you have of reminding partners if its their turn to bring the kit?

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Stephanie_1
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I'll start. My fiancee and I use both the pill and condoms (and lube). Because I have a copay with my insurance for the pills, my fiancee buys the condoms two times in a row and I buy them the third time. We buy lube every other time.

To make it fun, we tend to leave each other little messages, like I'll leave a note on his pillow before leaving his place if we're almost out, or somewhere else he has to find it. Sometimes we'll buy them on our own, other times we'll walk in and purchase them together on a night we go out.

We also keep some at each of our places, just in case. And when we go on a trip, we both take some in our bags so we're both responsible but have them in case either forgets.

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Awesome thread, Stephanie!

I've been on the pill for a few years, as well, and since that's not covered by insurance, I'm paying for it in full myself. I'm a pretty organized person, so I've never had problems remembering to get new packs or with taking my pill on time. But when I travel into different time zones it's easy for me to get confused, so I set my alarm on my cell phone.

I also always have a few condoms and lube at my place, just in case. When I'm with a regular partner, I ask them to buy the condoms so that we are both contributing.

A few years ago I started carrying a condom in my wallet. I put it there to make a point, because I was tired of the cliche of the man with the condom in his wallet. It's everyone's job to make sure they're protected, and there is absolutely not a thing wrong with being prepared.

But I know that a wallet is not a safe place for a condom to be, so when I want to take condoms with me for more than a political statement, I put them in a little plastic box and carry them with my in my bag.

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