If you're out to wrap up the season with a nice long camping trek or a long-winded trek cross-country to visit relatives then you are likely going to be packing your vape and all the great gear that goes along with it.
This can be haphazard in a way. The exposure to the elements isn't great for any vape batteries or e-liquid.
Lithium batteries are often the most concerning aspect. It's becoming slightly less common, but for a time there were headlines popping up almost every week of a cell phone, laptop, headphones, hoverboards and even vapor devices overheating or even exploding.
The other concern as a vape enthusiast and traveler is having liquids confiscated by TSA. We've heard our fair share of horror stories, so with this article, we'd like to share a few tips and tricks to make sure your travel plans go uninterrupted.
Read below about policies and practices that will safely and successfully get you to your destination!
The FAA prohibits these devices in checked bags. Battery-powered E-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems may only be carried in the aircraft cabin (in carry-on baggage or on your person) but cannot be used on board. Check with your specific airline for additional restrictions.
Remove all electronic cigarette and vaping devices from carry-on bags if checked at the gate or planeside.
You are typically allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, including e-liquids, in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process.
It's important to take care fo your e-liquid, especially if you're packing the premium vape juice.
Amtrak prohibits the use of vaping devices on its trains, buses, and at stations. Vaping is allowed in designated smoking areas, however, so make sure you know where those areas are.
The golden rule here is to avoid leaving sensitive devices and batteries, as well as e-liquid, from sitting in the sun during travel or in a hot car when parked.
Also, vaping and driving is punishable by traffic citations in certain states and is not recommended in general. It is simply not safe to be distracted by vaping while operating a motor vehicle.
Hotels and Motels
Some hotels and motels still have smoking rooms, except in states and cities where smoking is prohibited. Check the hotel website for smoking policies, as many now include vaping. Make sure you acquaint yourself with the state and local vaping laws when visiting a new place.
Vaping is typically allowed in smoking rooms. However, use caution when exhaling large amounts of vapor, as excess vapor is known to have triggered hotel smoke alarms.
Do not assume vaping is allowed in non-smoking rooms simply because vapor products do not create smoke. There have been several reports of hotel staff reporting vapers as smoking in their room, resulting in financial penalties for the guest.
Do not place batteries in pockets, pouches or bags that contain coins, keys or other metallic objects. These things may come into contact with the batteries, complete an electrical circuit and could cause the battery to overheat. Many shops will provide free battery cases to customers with a battery purchase. Hold on to those as they will be very helpful for travelers.
Remember to pack the original charger. Never use a phone or laptop charger to charge your device as it could diminish the power of the battery and damage your device.
If traveling to a foreign country, be sure to check what type of electrical outlets are common there. U.S.-style plugs may not work in the outlets of some countries and a special charging plug or adaptor will be required.
If leaving your device in a purse or carry-on bag, remove the batteries or lock the firing button. If your device doesn’t have a locking mechanism, consider getting a device for travel that has safety features, such as the firing button lock, vent holes and overcharging protection.
If you're traveling with any vape device, even the miniature JUUL vape pen, then it's important you know the ins and outs of travel. We all want to see the world, but sometimes we have to play it safe and know the rules.
Hopefully, this quick insight into traveling with your vape has been helpful. For further information, check out the rest of our blog.