As you prepare for your next trip, you are probably excitedly booking tickets, researching accommodation and confirming tours and activities. However, there may be one aspect you have overlooked which could cause issues down the line: your vaping equipment.
If you are a proud owner of an e-cigarette, you are probably used to taking it with you wherever you go. But will you be able to take it with you on holiday, and what else do you need to know to avoid problems while travelling as a vaper?
Read these top tips for travelling with vaping equipment to make sure you can enjoy your vacation and your e-cigarette at the same time.
1. Check With Your Airline
The first thing you need to be aware of is that you may have issues flying with your e-cigarette and associated accessories. Recent international regulations ban e-cigarettes from being carried in checked luggage (this is because the batteries in them could be a hazard). They are generally ok to be taken on the plane as long as they are packed in your carry-on luggage, though this can vary between airlines and is subject to regulations which may change quickly.
The best way to be sure is to check with your airline. Before you head to the airport check your airline’s website to see if your vaping equipment can be taken on the plane and whether it needs to be packed in your carry-on luggage. It is much easier to have this organized in advance rather than trying to sort it out at the airport, or worse
2. Know The Local Laws
If you are from the US or the UK, you are accustomed to being able to vape with relative freedom. Although there are strict regulations around vaping in both these countries, these are mostly concerned with preventing teenagers and children from vaping, meaning that adults can largely vape as they wish. Although this is also the case in most countries, there are others where you can only vape in certain places or possess only a certain amount of e-liquid. There are even some countries, such as Brazil, Singapore and Uruguay, where vaping is completely illegal.
This means that it is important to know the local laws that regulate vaping at your destination. If you do not, you risk having your gear confiscated by customs or local authorities and even getting in trouble with the law. Before you leave on your travels, look up the country or countries you will be visiting and check their latest laws and regulations around vaping, and be sure to follow them.
3. Be Prepared
So, you’ve done your research, and luckily your destination is tolerant towards vaping, so you can take your e-cigarette with you. Next, you will want to make sure you plan ahead to be able to take everything with you. Even if vaping is legal at your destination, this doesn’t mean you will be able to buy everything you need there. It is unlikely that you will be able to buy your favourite “say my name” e-liquid in most countries, for example, so you’ll want to be able to take this with you.
If, like most people, you buy your vaping supplies online, be sure to allow enough time for shipping to make sure your gear arrives in time to take with you. Also, consider volumes: airline security restricts the volume of liquids you are allowed to carry on flights so you may need to buy smaller bottles of e-liquids.
4. Pack Carefully
Vaping equipment and accessories can be sensitive objects, so when travelling you need to make sure to pack and transport them well. E-liquid, for example, could leak or spill in your luggage, so you need to make sure it is packed vertically. Ideally, you want to have some kind of strap or another way to make sure it stays upright.
The batteries of your e-cigarette are another item to think about because they are temperature sensitive. High temperatures can be damaging and even hazardous to e-cigarette batteries. There are horror stories about batteries exploding when exposed to heat, although if you buy original, high-quality batteries this is very unlikely to happen. But even good quality batteries may get damaged or lose their charge if exposed to heat, so be sure to pack and keep them in a cool place.
5. Be Ready To Charge
Given potential difficulties around transporting and packing batteries, you do not want to carry too many batteries with you. This means you will need to be able to charge the batteries you have. Be aware that other countries may not have the same electrical plug points or even the same voltage that you have in your own country. Look up the outlet type and voltage used in your destination country to make sure it is safe to use your charger there, and bring any adaptors that you may need. If you are travelling by car, investing in a car charger could be worthwhile.
So now you know that travelling with your e-cigarettes is possible. Just avoid the risks, follow the tips provided in this article, and enjoy a drama-free vaping vacation!