Last updated on May 21st, 2018 at 11:15 pm
Knowing how to travel safely with your vaporizer is very important. Going through security and TSA is not fun but knowing how to have the proper etiquette vaping at the airport is very important. Follow these steps and tips to travel safely with your vaporizer throughout the world. Especially now that summer has arrived, traveling is going to be at an all time high.
Flying with your vape
We think it’s pretty safe to say that most if not all vapers are heavily attached to their vapes. It can sometimes be difficult to go for even just a single day without vaping. But what happens when you need to take to the skies and ride an airplane? It’s pretty common knowledge that airport security can be a big pain in the butt, and that goes double for when regulated substances such as nicotine or cannabis are concerned. Read on for a few tips to help ensure a hassle-free flying experience.
Going Through Security
Most airline companies are fine with your eCig liquid travelling through security as long as remains under the usual 100mL mark for liquids. Also make sure to put your juice in a plastic baggie just as you would with any other carry on liquids. Obviously if you are carrying over 100mL of eJuice in your carry on you should avoid the hassle and place your sealed up juice in your checked bag.
Vaporizer batteries are banned worldwide in checked bags on flights, so make sure to put all of your batteries in your carry-on bag. Also do check with your airline to check how many batteries you can bring, I know that EasyJet allows two vape batteries to be carried on their flights.
Be sure to have your battery charged, many eCig users have found issue when going through customs of countries that aren’t familiar with eCigarettes yet. In one horror story, a woman’s eCigarette components were mistaken by customs for a bullet. If you are travelling to a country (not the US or UK) that isn’t as familiar with vaporizers, make sure to have your battery charged to be able to show security how the piece functions and that you aren’t carrying a weapon.
Hanging at the Airport
With eCigarettes being a semi-new craze, the legislation on vaping in airports is mixed. Heathrow airport has a vape lounge, and many airports allow vaping as long as you stop before you reach the gateway. The bans in countries are mostly on importing products for sale so that the countries in question can keep stock in the tobacco industry. Those specific countries, like Indonesia, generally won’t have issue with you vaping your own eCig.
In the US there is no major legislation referring to vaporizing in the airport while you wait or when you get off of your plane. However, do check with your individual airport before vaping just to avoid any hassle, the regulations can vary from port to port. Airports are not a joke so do not take this situation and case lightly.
Carry on Bag
Whether you’re vaping with an e-cigarette or a herbal vape pen, there are always very strict regulations when it comes to taking these on an airplane, regardless of where you’re going. Most of these regulations center around checking in your luggage with batteries stored inside. Always keep your batteries as part of your carry-on luggage.
If your e-cigarette has a removable battery, remove the battery prior to going to the airport and secure them safely inside your carry-on where they cant be damaged by the other contents of your bag. The best thing to do here is to pack your vaping device in its original packaging as this not only provides optimal protection but also helps reduce the chances of airport security mistaking your vape for something else.
While Flying High
There have been issues with leakages from tanks or clearomizers when flying due to the change in cabin pressure. If you unscrew your tank from your battery you will avoid any functionality issues with that component. When changing pressures with your vaporizer around, always try to unscrew all of the components to help them last a longer amount of time. Also remember you cannot charge your components on the flight.
It is probable that it is highly illegal to vape on your airplane, but feel free to check with the airline. Some airlines started the vaporizing trend allowing vapers to puff with no problem. There are some airlines that throw vapers right into jail when caught red handed with their pens, not risking it is your best option. And for those looking to rebel against the system, it’s a 50/50 chance that your vaporizer will set off the fire alarm in the bathroom.
There is one airline, Ryanair, that sells their own eCigs on board. You cannot vape your own piece, just the ones provided. It is good to know one airline lets you have a vape pen on the plane. Your best bet there would be to just wait until landing and hit your own piece.
Just like anything else, it’s always best to err on the side on the caution when visiting a new and unfamiliar place. The same applies to vaping e-liquids, dry herbs, or any type of concentrate. Cannabis might not be tolerated or even legal at your destination, so make sure to do prior research before deciding on traveling with your vape pen.
While e-cigarettes are generally more accepted, it’s still a good idea to check beforehand. Taiwan and Singapore are two countries where vaping is totally banned (although the latter is a lot stricter when it comes to enforcing the ban). For places where it’s legal to vape, there also might be restrictions on bringing in e-liquid (especially ones with nicotine) in large containers.
In the UK, there are strict TPD compliance regulations that limit the maximum amount of e-liquid to 10ml bottles. While the local authorities aren’t always strict when it comes to carry on baggage, its always better to comply instead of taking the chance where your precious e-liquid gets confiscated, not to mention the possibility of suffering fines or penalties. Lastly, always be considerate of other people, and respect the local laws. To sum it up: don’t vape where you cant smoke.
When all’s said and done, the sad truth of the matter is none of these tips can truly ensure that airport security won’t give you trouble over your vaping pens or e-cigarettes. The last solution is to have a dedicated travel vape, ideally, one that is smaller, lighter, and most importantly, cheaper than your daily driver. This at least minimizes the anguish that you might experience in case airport authorities do end up confiscating your precious vape.
Road trip with your vape
While travelling with your vape pen can be a lot more restrictive when flying, the good news is that most of these restrictions don’t apply when driving on the road. That, of course, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any precautions that you should take prior to hitting the road.
To start, the most important thing to remember is that you should never take your eyes off the road to refill your vape if you’re driving. Not only are you endangering your own life, but the lives of others on the road not to mention any passengers that might happen to be with you in the vehicle. Also, try to restrict the cloud chucking to a minimum, as this can easily impede the ability of the driver to see through the windshield. If the police also spot your car full of vapor, they won’t hesitate to pull you over citing you as a road hazard (which you are, in this scenario).
Be considerate of other passengers in your car, most especially if they don’t vape. While you can argue that there’s nothing wrong with the scent of strawberry mallows filling the insides of the car, not everyone enjoys having someone else’s visible breath enveloping their entire being.
Lastly, everything mentioned above only applies to vaping e-liquid. When it comes to using your vape pen to consume anything cannabis related while in public and in a moving vehicle, take note that this is highly illegal, and you’re likely to get in serious trouble when caught.
How to pack your vapes in your bag
If you don’t intend to use your vape pen on the road or have a spare one that you’re also bringing along, it’s important to uninstall the batteries from your device and store them in a dedicated storage box where they won’t be in contact with anything else. Always make sure that your vape pen or e-cigarette is locked or turned off before packing it in order to prevent accidental activation of the vape.
Preventing leaks and damages
Don’t store tanks or atomizers that are loaded with e-liquid. While most quality tanks and atomizers are leak-free while in a normal upright position, the same might not apply when they’re lying down or horizontal in your luggage or bag.
Always make sure that your device is sufficiently cushioned in order to prevent it from being damaged in transit. As previously mentioned, the original packaging it was purchased in is usually one of the better (and cost-effective) solutions.
If you have an electronic cigarette, e-juice is going to be tricky. First of all, make sure you remove all the liquid from your atomizers. TSA generally does not like liquid, even water in a bottle. This needs to be separated or they will throw it away. Also try to keep your ejuice in a ziplock bag, just in case it opens up or spills. You will be glad it didn’t spill on your clothes.
Vape Packing List
Don’t leave your external charger at home. Bringing it along ensures that you’ll have the ability to charge spare batteries and have them on hand when you need them. Battery cases are also very recommended when it comes to transporting your spare batteries. Not only are they inexpensive, but they’re also very effective at preventing any battery related mishaps when travelling.
And to top it off, make sure to bring along a good dose of common sense. Always think twice and consider your surroundings first before you decide on turning on that vape, especially if you’re in a new and strange area.