A great vacation can be one of the best experiences of your life – but planning for a vacation can be a fairly stressful time. That’s particularly the case if you’re a nicotine user because going any length of time without access to nicotine is extremely unpleasant. You want to be sure that you’ll have the nicotine you need while you’re abroad. You’re probably also particular about the specific products you use – and that’s doubly true if you vape. You’ll either need to make sure that you can get your usual products while you’re traveling, or you’ll need to pack enough to last the entire trip.
When you travel by plane, you need to adhere to certain packing requirements that apply to liquid items and items with batteries. Since vaping involves the use of both liquids and batteries, almost every item that you might want to bring on your trip will have to be packed in some special way. That makes some types of vapes better for traveling than others – and in this article, we’re going to make your vacation planning a little easier by explaining what those vapes are.
What Are the Requirements for Bringing Vapes on Planes?
We’ll begin this guide with a summary of the rules you’ll need to adhere to if you want to travel by air with your vape gear. These rules don’t just apply to vape gear; they also apply to all liquid items and all devices with lithium-ion batteries.
• You should carry your vaping device in your carry-on bag with the power turned off. This is due to the elevated risk of fire with lithium-ion batteries. The only exception to this rule is if your device has a removable battery. It’s permitted to carry a vaping device in your checked luggage if the battery is removed, although you might want to tape a note to the device stating that it has no battery.
• If your vaping device has a removable battery, spare batteries always need to go in your carry-on bag in a protective carrier.
• Bottled e-liquid can go in your checked luggage or in your carry-on bag. If you pack it in your carry-on bag, you need to put it in a one-quart zip-top bag with any other liquid and gel items that you want to bring in the passenger area. All e-liquid bottles and other liquid items packed in this way need to be 100 ml or smaller. E-liquid bottles packed in your checked luggage can be as large as you like.
• Filled vape pods need to go in the zip-top bag with your other liquid items if you want to bring them in your carry-on bag. You can also pack them in your checked luggage with no restrictions.
• Disposable vapes have both batteries and liquid, so they always need to go in your carry-on bag in the same zip-top bag as your other liquid items.
• Spare parts such as replacement coils and empty pods have no special requirements and can be packed in the way that works best for you.
Are Disposable Vapes Good for Traveling?
Disposable vapes aren’t ideal for traveling because of the fact that you need to pack them in a zip-top bag with your other liquid items if you want to bring them on a plane. It won’t be easy to fit all of the devices that you need for your trip in a single quart-sized bag along with whatever toiletries you want to bring, so disposable vapes are out unless you know that you can get more wherever you’re going.
Are Pre-Filled Pod Systems Good for Traveling?
Pre-filled pod systems are a little easier to pack for traveling because you can put just the pods in your zip-top bag and pack the devices separately. You can also put as many pre-filled pods as you like in your checked luggage. The reason why pre-filled pod systems aren’t the best vapes for traveling, though, is because they’re proprietary. It may not be possible to find pods for your device while you’re abroad – and even if you can, they may not be available in your preferred flavor and nicotine strength.
Are Refillable Pod Systems Good for Traveling?
Refillable pod systems like the SMOK Novo 2 are the best vapes for traveling because they have all of the qualities you’d want to see in a device that you’re planning to bring abroad.
• They’re very small, so they’re good for discreet vaping.
• Replacement pods and coils have no special packing requirements if they’re empty, so you can put them wherever you like. The only thing that has to go in your carry-on bag is the device itself.
• Pod systems tend to use high-strength nicotine salt e-liquid. Since you don’t need to use a lot of high-strength vape juice in order to feel satisfied, it’s not difficult to bring enough e-liquid to last the entire trip. That way, you won’t have to worry about finding a source of e-liquid while you’re abroad.
Are Vape Mods Good for Traveling?
Vape mods might be the worst vapes for traveling because of the enormous amount of e-liquid they use. Depending on how much you vape, it’s possible that a 100-ml bottle of vape juice will only last a few days for you. There are only so many 100-ml bottles that you can fit in a single zip-top bag. Although you can certainly bring extra vape juice in your checked luggage, you might not want to devote that much space to it. You’ll also have to bring plenty of extra coils, which will also require lots of space.
Another issue with vape mods is that, because they’re so large and offer such extreme cloud production, they’re basically impossible to use discreetly – so if you have a vape mod and are planning to vape in public while abroad, you’d better be very certain that you’re in a place where vaping is allowed. With a smaller device, on the other hand, it’s a bit easier to vape in public without drawing unwanted attention to yourself. You might prefer a device that offers a little extra privacy when you’re in an unfamiliar environment.