Holiday Travel Advice for Vapers
Holiday Travel Advice for Vapers
Gobble gobble, vapers!
Thanksgiving is here and that means it’s time to prepare yourself for the cornucopia of family, football and a turkey-induced tryptophan coma.
One inescapable downside to the season is the massive amount of time spent just getting to your final destination. To help minimize the pain of traveling during one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, Breazy has put together some vaping gear recommendations and advice to make your journey as painless and cloud-filled as possible.
Whether you’re going by air, rail or car, the most transportable type of devices are cigalikes. The slim devices are easy to slip into your pocket, purse, backpack or carry-on, which makes them ideal for long-distance travel. Cigalikes are especially travel-friendly because you don’t have to carry around extra liquid for refills. Also, most of them can plug into any USB port with a simple adapter during your trip.
If cigalikes are not your speed and you travel with mods, it takes a little more preparation to bring them with you. As you know, mods require maintenance, with coils, batteries, extra pod containers, and assembly that cigalikes do not. They’re also larger and take up more space. This doesn’t mean it’s difficult to bring mods on your trip, it’s just requires a little more planning than popping in a cigalike.
If you’re flying for the holidays, make sure you know the regulations for carrying hardware and liquids on planes. Just like smoking, vaping isn’t allowed on planes, but you can bring your equipment onboard as long as you follow a few guidelines.
No Mods in Checked Baggage
Number one rule is mods cannot be packed in your checked luggage because batteries are not allowed in the hold of the aircraft. So mods MUST be kept in your carry-on luggage and must be stored separately from any batteries. You may need to show your set-up when you go through airport security, but vapers do this all the time, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) should be used to it by now.
Liquids and the 3-1-1 Rule
Another tricky aspect of flying with your vape gear is that you need to follow TSA 3-1-1 rules for transporting e-liquids onto your carry-on. These rules apply to all vapor products, whether that’s cigalikes, mods, bottles of e-liquids, or replaceable pods with liquid in them.
3: Liquid in your carry-on must be in separate bottles no larger than 3 ounces.
This means you need to put all liquids, including liquid pods and extra bottles of e-liquid, into a plastic bag when you’re going through security. Three ounces is about 90 ml, so leave your 120 ml or bigger e-liquid bottles at home or transfer them to a smaller container.
(Remember, if you are going on a long trip and need more e-liquid than what is allowed in your carry-on, you can pack extra liquid in your checked luggage without having to worry about the 3-1-1 limits. Just make sure the bottles are sealed tightly and packed in plastic bags so they don’t spill all over your stuff.)
1: All bottles of liquid must fit into one quart-sized plastic bag.
So if you’re also traveling with other liquids in your carry-on such as shampoo, mouthwash and cologne, make sure you do not go over the limit when you add in your vape liquid. And remember, if you’re bringing a cigalike, they’re treated the same as any other liquid since the pods still contain liquid. So make sure all the replacement pods are in the plastic bag.
1: Only one quart-sized bag is allowed per passenger, and must be taken out of your carry-on bag and placed in the security bin for screening.
When you’re packing batteries, make sure they aren’t touching each other or any other metal object, which could accidentally start a fire. Also be aware that batteries should not be used or charged at any point on the aircraft or during the flight.
Different Rules in Different Countries
If you’re flying internationally, it’s important to know how laws that regulate vaping change when you cross borders. For international flights, it’s particularly important because your vape gear can be confiscated or you can be arrested just for having it in your possession. About 70 countries have either restrictions or bans on vape equipment entering or being sold, and 21 countries have outlawed vapor products completely.
Even some of the more vape-friendly countries have different laws around how much liquid you can bring into the country. In England, for instance, e-liquid containers can’t be more than 10ml in capacity, and clearomizers and cartridges cannot have a capacity of more than 2ml. The maximum nicotine strength of e-liquid is currently limited to 20 percent, which is far lower than a lot of American brands. Learn about the laws of wherever you’re going!
Trains and Buses
Bringing vaping gear onto trains and buses is easier than transporting them on planes because security checks are less stringent. However, the act of vaping is prohibited on many buses and train lines. For example, Amtrak does not allow e-cigarette use on trains or platforms. Before you make your journey, check your train or bus line company website for vaping-specific rules. That said, some transportation companies haven’t caught on yet that it’s 2018 and only have smoking policies on their websites but not vaping rules. In those cases, play it safe and assume the rules for e-cigarettes are the same as for old-fashioned combustible cigarettes.
Have a Back-Up Plan
For maximum enjoyment and minimum disappointment, have a vaping Plan B in place. Vapers using mods should bring at least one extra battery, coil, backup e-liquid pods, and the rest should being an extra cigalike to ensure you are comfortably vaping for the entire trip.
Anyone driving around Thanksgiving time knows that it’s an absolute nightmare. Traffic jams can be frustrating and you can be stuck on the road for hours. Cigalikes are great for driving because all you need to do is put it up to your mouth and take a pull. That means you can keep your eyes on the road continuously. Cigalikes can also plug into your car for an easy recharge. Unfortunately, there’s no telling how long it will take to make it to your destination, so bring extra gear and download Waze onto your smartphone to minimize travel time.
Traveling during the Thanksgiving logjam can be stressful, but vaping can be a great way to take your mind off the journey. Cigalikes are the easiest gear to travel with because they’re small, powerful, and require zero maintenance. Happy Thanksgiving, vapers!