In this guide to travelling with your vape, we will cover:
- Why you should travel with your vape
- What to bring with you
- How to Air Travel with your vape
- Where NOT to bring your vape
Why You Should Travel with Your Vape
Travelling to another city or to a foreign country doesn’t mean you have to leave your vape at home, and it’s more affordable and convenient to just bring it with you.
Once you become accustomed to taking drags from your vape, it’s hard to let it go. Visiting famous sites around the world or going out for a night of fun and bar-hopping is only made better when you have a vape. It’s not just the nicotine you’ll be missing, but the clouds and flavour of your all-day-vape (ADV) as well, which is why travelling with your vape is awesome.
Trust me, you don’t want to be on vacation and wishing your vape was by your side. Bring it with you if you can, and if you can’t, there are some things you can do to mitigate the loss. Below are some compelling reasons as to why you should travel with your vape. Don’t pack your bags before you check out these tips!
It’s a Cheaper Alternative
Depending on your vaping habits, you might go through a 30mL or 60mL e-liquid bottle a week, which can get expensive in other countries. Buying a few bottles in advance of your favourite flavour will save you some money, especially when you shop at our site — ahem! it’s VapeWild.ie just in case you forgot.
Your favourite brands and flavours might not be available where you’re going, and you’re probably going to pay a premium if you do find them. The other alternative is to try new flavours you’ve never even heard of, but you’re on vacation and probably don’t want to gamble being disappointed.
Vape Shops Might be Hard to Find
Vape shops seem to be everywhere, but that may not be the case elsewhere. As you’ll come to learn soon enough, certain countries have either banned vaping or have made it illegal to sell or import vaping products. Having your own personal supply will be a blessing of sorts, but make sure you colour inside the lines in whichever country you’re visiting.
Bringing Your Own Vape is Convenient
You get to your hotel room, and the last thing you want to do is ask around for the nearest vape shop. You’ll try miming how a vape works to locals, or even worse, trying to use Google Translate on innocent passers-by to no avail. Your best bet is to have your own personal stash so that you’re not wandering a strange city on the off chance that there is a vape shop hidden away somewhere. Save yourself some stress and come prepared, and if you’re not sure what to bring, behold our mighty list!
What to Bring with You
We’ve already talked about coming prepared, and bringing four bottles of e-juice but forgetting your mod won’t do you any good.
To start off, you’ll want to bring your mod and tank. Travelling between airports, hotels, destinations, and dinners is chaotic and losing an item or two is almost a given, so it’s best to bring a mod and tank you won’t miss too much. It doesn't have to be your best or favourite mod, but it needs to be sturdy and with a big battery — or at least a two-battery capacity — to last you all day.
Take a look at your vaping habits and calculate how much e-juice you will vape during your travels. If you vape 30mL a week then bring at least that amount, and maybe bring a little extra just in case — travelling can change a person.
You’ll want to bring batteries for your mod, but don’t worry about it if the battery is built-in. Recharging 18650s and similar batteries can take a long time depending on the mAh, so it’s a good idea to bring an extra set. Although some people charge their batteries through their mod, this can be inefficient, which is why you definitely need to bring your own charger. These dedicated chargers charge your battery faster and are much safer than the alternative.
Optionally, you could bring extra coils and a spare glass or o-rings for your tank. These items are insignificant in size and weight, and they will make your day so much better if something happens. Burnt coils, broken glass, and leaky tanks are something we all experience at some point or another, and being in a different country can make it even worse. A nearby vape shop might carry what you need, but you’re leaving too much up for chance.
Just so you don’t forget, here’s a tiny checklist for you to print out and revise as you pack your bags. Happy travels!
- Plenty of e-juice
- Spare Coils
- Coil building kit (Dripper’s only)
- Pods (for pod mod users)
- Spare glass
- Spare o-rings
How to Air travel with a Vape
Of course, there are some laws and regulations you should be aware of since vaping is seen differently around the world. There are also some flying guidelines you need to consider before you pack your bags, which are not too constricting so long as you follow the rules.
Wherever you’re going, make sure you do the proper research to stay on the right side of the law. Going to jail is bad; going to jail in another country is considerably worse.
Do NOT Pack Your Vape in Checked Luggage
Most airport securities around the world won’t let you put anything with a lithium-ion battery in checked luggage since it could malfunction and start a fire where it’s hard for the crew to access. Laptops, batteries, vapes, cameras, and anything else with a built-in battery should be in your carry-on — there’s no getting around this. It’s a good idea to remove the batteries from your mod and place them in a protective cover in your carry-on bag just to be extra safe. If your device has a built-in battery, just turn it off completely.
Other Tips for Flying with Your Vape
Like we mentioned already, batteries and vapes should always be either with you or in your carry-on, and this next one is super obvious, but please don’t vape on a plane. We warned you.
If you’ve flown before, you know that airport security doesn't mess around when it comes to liquids, and there is a limit on how much e-juice you can carry. Ireland's guidelines say that you can only have a max of 100mL or 3.4 ounces of e-juice in your carry-on. You can carry the rest in your checked luggage.
We keep harping on batteries, and that’s because they can be the most volatile part of a vape if not cared for properly. In case the clerk at your local vape shop didn’t tell you, never place your batteries anywhere where they might come in contact with other metals. Even something as slight as your batteries bumping up against loose change or your keys can lead to unwelcome circumstances.
Instead of throwing your batteries in a bag and forgetting about them, put them in a protective case to be safe. Also, make sure that whatever batteries you have are in good condition and have no noticeable nicks, scratches or exposed metal — the wrap needs to be in perfect condition.
You should probably clear your tank of any e-juice before you depart because the cabin pressure may cause it to leak. Avoid the e-juice leakage and protect your pants — this has been a public service announcement.
Other Forms of Travel
Air travel isn’t the only way to get around in Ireland, and other forms are not as restrictive as airplanes. Whether you’re travelling by car, train or bus, here are the different rules and regulations you should know. And for those leaving the country on a cruise, there are a few things you should know as well.
Vaping in your Car
While there’s nothing wrong with vaping in your vehicle, there is a law that prohibits using any tobacco products such as cigarettes or vapes in a vehicle when there is a child or an expecting mother present. This law is called the Protection of Children’s Health 2014 and it applies to smoking or vaping in any mechanically propelled vehicle when a child or pregnant woman is in the car. Vaping in your own car with people over the age of 18, however, is completely fine.
Vape all you want, but if you prefer to use an RDA or a similar device, make sure you’re not dripping as you drive since it’s distracting and could end badly. Instead of using an RDA when you drive, try having a vape with a regular tank that can hold your e-juice. Better to keep your eyes on the road and be safe than to get distracted and crash.
Commuting on the Train or Bus
Taking the bus or train to work might be part of your daily commute or a way to get around the city during a vacation, but don’t vape on the train or platforms. The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) has banned all vaping on its trains, platforms, and buses after multiple customer complaints. There’s no rule against bringing your vape with you, but save your clouds until before or after you ride the public transportation system.
Travelling by Cruise
Leaving the country by cruise is a great way to travel, but you should know that most cruise ships only allow vaping in certain areas. Vaping on cruise ships has been relegated to smoking areas, and vaping elsewhere could result in a fee or worse. Do your research before you book a cruise, and if you do bring your vape, just follow the rules.
Don’t Bring your Vape to These Places
A list of the all the countries that have banned, outlawed, or limited vaping, would be too long, but that being said, most of Southeast Asia is off-limits. Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and a few other countries in that region don’t take too kindly to vapers. There are also a few countries in South America, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East that you should be aware of — here’s a full list.
Every country on the list from above has different laws and regulations, so it may be possible to vape there as long as you do your research and don’t break any laws. Some countries will fine you if you have a vape with you, and repeated offenses can lead to jail time. If you’re visiting a country where you don’t speak the native language, don’t put yourself in a bad position.
It Might be Best to Leave your Vape at Home
If you’re travelling to a country with harsh anti-vaping laws, forget everything I said above. These countries don’t play around, and although you’ll miss your vape, it’s much better than calling the U.S. embassy to help you negotiate a release. Don’t end up on every news channel in the world, and become a punchline on late night talk shows. Leave it at home; it isn’t worth it.
Weaning yourself Off — Leaving your Vape at Home
Quitting nicotine overnight isn’t easy; slowly reducing your nicotine until you’re no longer dependant still isn’t easy, but it’s doable. Another VapeWild employee is travelling to one of the countries from above and she told me her secret to leaving her vape at home: She weaned herself off and is now vaping 0mg e-juice.
Dropping to 0mgs of Nicotine
Here’s an example: if you typically vape a 6mg e-juice, purchase the 3mg version next time and vape that for a few weeks until you get comfortable. After that, buy the same flavour in 0mgs of nicotine and vape that until you no longer feel the need for nicotine. It sounds easy, sure, but you’ll need to be disciplined and start this project at least a month or two before you depart. Make a plan, stick to it, and trust yourself — you got this!
Avoid Withdrawal and Sliding Back Into Cigarettes
Having withdrawal symptoms on your vacation is so much worse than leaving your vape at home. You should be eating exotic foods, bathing under waterfalls, and frolicking on private white-sand beaches, and not suffering through nicotine urges, nausea, and headaches. If you don’t prepare yourself for travelling without your vape, you could slide back and start smoking cigarettes again.
You probably started vaping because it was a safer alternative than smoking cigarettes, and going back that will only set you back. Weaning yourself off from e-juice with nicotine is hard enough, but ditching cigarettes is much harder to do. Just follow the steps outlined above and you’ll be all set.
Enjoy Your Trip — Vape Safely
If you’re travelling to a pro-vaping country, then that’s great. Just follow our guidelines so that you don’t get in trouble with airport security, and vape safely. If, however, you’re leaving your vape behind, just remember that it will be waiting for you when you come back. Travelling the world is an awesome experience, so don’t let your vape hold you back. Practice battery safety, observe local laws and customs, and have some fun out there!