As travel restrictions begin to lighten and society starts to slowly get back into the swing of things, many people find themselves itching to take a trip. The pandemic put a major pause on most vacation plans, so it’s only natural to crave a change in scenery after sheltering in place for so long.
There are many different ways to travel. Some are considered safer than others, but each method presents a challenge: how do you bring all of your vape gear? Figuring it all out can seem rather daunting, so we’ll go over some of the best ideas with tips and tricks on how you can travel with your vape.
Traveling by Plane
If your destination is out of state, booking a flight may be the best way to get there. Many airlines have altered their policies post-COVID to allow changes and/or cancellations to reservations at no extra cost. So, if you want to fly later in the year with hopes that things will calm down by that time, but feel uneasy as the date nears, you should be able to postpone the trip without incurring any fees—but double-check the fine print at the time of booking.
There’s much to know about traveling on a plane with your vape essentials. Here are answers to the most common questions.
Can I bring my vape on a plane?
Yes, but only if it’s in your pocket or carry-on bag, as the Federal Avian Administration (FAA) prohibits electronic cigarettes and vaping devices in checked luggage. According to TSA guidelines, battery-powered eCigs, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin. You’ll need to remove these devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside. Be sure to verify that your airline has no additional restrictions to ensure you comply with their specific policies.
How much juice can I bring with me?
You can travel with no more than 3.4oz (100ml) of e-liquids in your carry-on luggage. The same goes with CBD oil. Larger bottles are permitted in checked bags. It’s best to avoid glass bottles because they may be considered a hazard and present the risk of breaking. Passengers are advised to place all of their carry-on liquids in a clear, quart-sized zip-lock bag, which would allow you to travel with more than one 100ml bottle.
Am I allowed to vape on the plane?
Absolutely not. Vaping and charging your battery on a plane is considered extremely dangerous and you are prohibited from doing so. Most vape devices and e-cigarettes are powered by lithium batteries, which, if exposed to excessive heat, could result in a fire. Even vaping discreetly could trigger alarms and easily lead to arrest if discovered. Emptying your cartridge before you take off can help you resist the urge to vape mid-flight, as well as prevent the pressurized cabin from causing the liquid to spill in your luggage.
Traveling by Train
Taking the train offers a great way to cover long distances with less involvement than driving, at prices usually much cheaper than flying. They allow you to sit back and relax while enjoying the scenic view along the way—but vaping is not permitted by most train companies.
Amtrak, one of the largest train service providers in the contiguous United States, has a strict smoking policy. All of their train cabins and stations are entirely non-smoking, including vapes, e-cigarettes, and marijuana, even in places where it’s been legalized.
However, you may be able to get a fix during longer stops only as announced by the train crew. Passengers who smoke on the station platform must remain next to the train, ready to reboard immediately upon hearing the locomotive horn and calls from employees.
Don’t count on this opportunity, though; smoking stops are contingent upon time and weather conditions, and they may be shortened or eliminated entirely if the train is operating late.
Traveling by Car
Driving to your destination gives you the greatest vaping freedom, and it’s considered the safest travel method with respect to coronavirus because you don’t have to go through public terminals that are often crowded.
Even if you’re driving with others who prefer you to refrain from vaping in the car, it’s significantly easier to pull over for a smoke break and there are no restrictions to the amount of juice you can pack along for the ride.
That said, there are still a few considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.
Can I charge my vape in the car?
Yes, most USB outputs are fine to charge your vape battery, including car chargers that derive their power from cigarette outlets. Vape mods have complex internal regulation circuits to protect the battery from being overcharged, which could otherwise damage the device by causing it to overheat. The DC current is relatively low and will not adversely affect your vape, but due to the weaker electrical output, it may take longer to charge the device and you might consider bringing a backup battery instead.
How do you refill e-liquids while driving?
To prevent distracted driving, you should not attempt to refill e-liquids or drip into your tank while behind the wheel of a car. Avoid drip-style models that require frequent refills and be sure to roll down the car windows to ventilate the thick clouds you produce. It’s best to prepare your device before taking off so that the mouthpiece doesn’t need to be adjusted and your eyes can stay on the road.
What else should I bring?
Extra coils! Stock up to ensure your vape experience goes uninterrupted. Even if you have a good idea of when your coils tend to burn out, having a few spares on you can save you in a crunch and prevent you from having to search out a vape shop in the city you’re heading toward.
What are your best tips for traveling with all of your vape gear? Let us know in the comments below!