Whether for a romantic getaway, a big international trip, or a skiing holiday, there are certain things you need to be aware of if travelling with vaping equipment. Traveling with a vape kit is not necessarily a problem, but there are certain tips you need to know to avoid issues if travelling on a plane or to another country.
Make sure you are prepared by checking this guide to travelling with an e-cigarette or vape kit, and avoid any problems which could interrupt or even ruin your trip!
Check All Air Travel Regulations
If travelling by air, you need to be very careful of how you pack and transport your vaping equipment. There are two sets of rules which apply here: the international aviation security guidelines, and your airline’s own policies. Either of these have then power to stop you carrying certain things on board the plane, or mandating that they are packed in a certain way.
The best thing to do is check with your airline at least a few days prior to your flight as to what you are allowed to take on board and whether it needs to be packed in your carry on or checked baggage. Generally, they will require vaping equipment to be packed in your carryon bag. However, rules are constantly changing so it is best to check this every time you fly.
If you are travelling overseas, you may not be able to buy your regular e-liquid, batteries and coils as easily as could at home. Vaping is restricted in some countries, and even illegal in some (more on this below). If travelling to a country where vaping is legal but supplies are limited, or where you cannot be guaranteed that they will be high quality, you will want to make sure that you have enough e-liquid with you, as well as a spare battery and replacement coils just incase.
Of course, if you are going for a short trip this probably won’t be an issue, however if travelling for a long time this is something you should consider. Order your supplies online or buy at your local supplier, and be sure to allow plenty of time for ordering and shipping.
Check Your Liquid Volumes
As any international traveller knows, when travelling by plane you are very limited in the amounts of liquid you can carry with you, particularly in your carry-on baggage. And, as we have covered above, most airlines will mandate that e-liquid needs to be in your carry-on, therefore you will need to check the volumes of the vape juice you plan to take with you.
Concentrates can be a good solution to this, as you can carry small amounts of e-liquid concentrate and mix it later to create the final product. If you are not accustomed to mixing your own vape juice, use a eliquid calculator to work out mixing ratios.
Research Applicable Laws
It is always good to know the local laws of any foreign country you are going to. When it comes to vaping this is especially important, because although vaping is completely legal in the US, the UK, Europe and elsewhere, this is not the case in all countries. You do not want to risk having your equipment seized or incurring a fine. It could even be worse: in Hong Kong for example, you can be punished with up to two years imprisonment for possessing an e-cigarette.
At the time of writing, vaping is completely illegal in Singapore, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bahrain, East Timor, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Panama, Qatar, Thailand, the UAE and parts of Australia. There are tough restrictions in some other countries. In most countries, including the US and the UK, it is illegal to sell vaping products to those under 18 and there are harsh prosecutions for those who do so.
Be sure to check the relevant laws for all countries you will be visiting ahead of your trip, and it would be wise to reconsider carrying vaping equipment with you to any country where vaping is illegal. It is also wise to closely note any particular restrictions which may exist around vaping in public or other special situations.
Look After Your Batteries
You may have heard horror stories about batteries exploding in people’s luggage. Although it is possible that low-quality vaping batteries could explode when exposed to high heat for a long period of time, if you have genuine batteries for vape device this is unlikely to be an issue. There is a risk, however, of heat exposure causing batteries to become damage or lose their charge, so be sure to keep them in a cool place during transport.
It is also important to prepare for how you will charge your batteries. Check the applicable outlet type and voltage of the countries you are travelling to, and make sure you have a suitable charger or adapter.
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