We get it; vaping is your favorite thing to do – even when you’re doing something else. So when it comes to traveling, what are the best practices for packing and transporting your vape equipment? The good news is that it’s a lot easier to tote your stuff around than it used to be – but there are rules governing what you can and can’t do, so be sure to get your head around them before leaving the house.
First off, different airlines have different sets of rules so you should familiarize yourself with whichever one you’re flying. Vaping is now so common that virtually every airline website has rules and regulations dealing with vapes.
Next, you’ll want to ensure your device is packed up in your carry-on luggage. That’s because pretty much every airline bans the transport of vapor devices inside checked baggage – regardless of whether it contains batteries. In fact, you can either put all your mods in your carry-on bags or just carry them on you. That way, you just have to put it in the plastic tub along with your shoes, phone, keys, etc. when you move through the security checkpoint. Just make sure it’s turned off first.
The TSA has an interesting history with liquids which you’ll know all too well if you’ve tried bringing hair gel or toothpaste on a plane with you. And so it’s probably a good idea for you to pack any e-liquids with your other liquids – in a single, resealable plastic baggie. This extends to pods or tanks that contain e-liquid too; put them in the resealable bag, too. However, if you’re taking a bunch of extra e-liquid bottles – or any bottle with over 100ml of liquid – then they have to go into your checked luggage.
You will also need to protect any loose batteries. One of the reasons is that lithium-ion batteries are very, very powerful and their entire metal casing is conductive. If, for example, any metal object contacts the battery’s positive terminal while at the same time touching any other bit of the battery, it will short circuit. So the best way to stop this is to put electric tape over the batteries terminals and, for extra safe-keeping, put them in a padded carrier.
Now, you have to remember that many airlines won’t allow a passenger to carry their lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage so you’ll need to bring them as part of your carry-on bags, too. Also, you should be aware that some airlines only allow a specific amount of loose lithium-ion batteries per passenger – yet another reason to check with your airline’s specific rules. The good news is that vapes that already have batteries installed usually – usually – don’t count. But, again, check with your airline ahead of time!
Mechanical mods that don’t come with batteries present their own (easily solvable) problem. They don’t have a safety timer that cuts off a too-long puff and so if something they’re packed with somehow repositions itself and holds down the fire button, then trouble is potentially seconds away. Indeed, mods that aren’t sufficiently taken care of during transportation are one of the leading causes of e-cigarette battery fires. So you should definitely turn on the lock if it has one – and remove the battery too just to be on the safe side.
The last thing you need to do is read up on the local laws of wherever it is you’re traveling to. For example, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Australia have all banned the domestic sale of e-liquid that contains nicotine, however each of those countries will allow you to bring it with you as long as it’s for personal use. But remember that you can’t buy any new e-liquids when there so make sure you’ve packed enough.
And for the love of an entity that may or may not have created us, be aware of the nations that ban vaping utterly and totally. That includes the UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Brazil – and some of their penalties are extremely severe. For example, caught vaping in Thailand and you could be thrown in jail for up to a decade – so do NOT even try it.
Happy travels and even happier vaping