If you’re a red-blooded male, you might be one of the millions who’s always prepared. You’ve got one of your trusty condoms in your wallet, a couple stashed in your backpack and some tucked inside your glove compartment.
If that’s the case, you’re doing it wrong. Very, very wrong.
You need to store your condoms in a cool, dry place. Heat and humidity will wreak havoc on the condom’s latex over time, leaving your condoms prone to breakage at the worst possible moment. The only time you want to have them in your wallet or glove compartment is when you know you’re going to use them that night; otherwise, your body heat is going to gradually degrade the latex on the ones in your wallet, and the oven-like environment your car turns into on a hot day is going to break down those kept in your glove compartment.
If you keep your wallet in your back pants pocket, then that makes it a doubly bad place to store a condom as the friction from sitting and putting pressure on it could also cause damage. If you want to carry one on your person, a jacket pocket would be a better choice—but again, just slip a condom in your pocket when you know you’ll be using it that night. You don’t want to be carrying the same old condom around with you for weeks or months at a time. If you do like to carry one with you at all times for “just in case”, then make sure you replace it with a fresh condom frequently.
So where do you want to store your condoms? Anyplace in your home that doesn’t rise above room temperature will work just fine. While the best way to store your condoms is to keep them in their original box, that’s not strictly necessary as long as you’re keeping heat and humidity out of the equation. Put them in a drawer of your dresser or night stand, tucked discreetly on a bookshelf, or anyplace else that’s not prone to heat and humidity.
Although you want to keep them in a cool place, the refrigerator or freezer are too cold, which could also lead to damaging the latex.
While we’re on the subject, make sure that the condoms you’re using haven’t gone past their expiration date. Yes, just like milk and bad romances, condoms come with an expiration date and you don’t want to take unnecessary chances with your sexual health or your partner’s by pushing your luck.