Tips and Tricks for Travelling With Your VAPE

Many people use vape pens either as a healthy alternative to smoking or for enjoyment. Although it’s not forbidden to vape on the street and in most coffee bars, there might be some restrictions and regulations when it comes to traveling, especially by plane. Every vaper encounters problems or dilemmas when it comes to traveling with a vape kit. The rules differ from one country to the next, from airports to train stations, and the newly implemented guidelines tend to be a bit confusing.

Whether it is a summer or a winter holiday, or just a weekend getaway, we all want to escape reality and get rest once in a while. But before you rush off and start vaping clouds of thick vapor anywhere and everywhere there are a few things you should probably keep in mind. Most of these tips below are common sense but hopefully, each one will keep you out of trouble and allow you to have the least stressful time possible.

Know the Law

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Whether you’re going overseas or visiting some friends in a different state it’s important to know what the law is. You don’t want to find yourself in some new place with no working knowledge of the law and an angry authority figure standing in front of you. Be aware of what is and isn’t legal depending on where you are. You don’t want your great holiday to be ruined by a trip to the local jail.

Some vape users have reported getting their vaping gear flagged and confiscated on arrival in particular countries.

Japan, Finland, Norway, Australia, and Denmark ban the local sale of e-liquid containing nicotine. They do, however, allow you to import the e-liquid for personal use.

On the other hand, countries such as Brazil, Thailand, Singapore, UAE, and Hong Kong have severe penalties.

If you plan on traveling to a nation that restricts the use of vapes, leave your vaping gear at home, don’t take any risks.

Can you take a vape on a plane?

If you’re a regular nicotine vaper, air travel is pretty straightforward. The process of flying with vaping gear is relatively simple, and you won’t have any problems as long as you follow some basic rules and know the procedures.

Can you vape in an airport?

Vaping in common areas and restrooms in airports is forbidden. Although not regulated (in the U.S.) by federal law, smoking (and vaping) has long been banned in airports. That leaves you with a few choices, and none of them are very attractive.

You could break the rules and risk a ticket, or even being ejected from the airport, which would mean missing your flight and defaulting on the price of your ticket. Yes, we all know the tricks of stealth vaping, and we know people who break the rules regularly and never get caught. So, if that seems like a good idea, you can roll the dice.

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A safer option is to use smokeless tobacco like snus, or NRT products like nicotine gum or lozenges. Are these as satisfying as vaping? Probably not, but they’re not going to get you in trouble with the airport security staff either.

Some airports still have designated smoking rooms, which typically look like smoke-filled aquariums. If you’re lucky enough to be waiting in an airport with a smoking lounge, pop in and have a vape. The smell might make you sick, but it’s probably worth it if you’re looking at several hours without being able to vape. Some smoking lounges have electrical outlets for charging your devices. Las Vegas and Washington Dulles are among the U.S. airports that still have these surreal tar-stained fish tanks.

Clean your vape device before traveling

The most important tip of all is cleaning and disconnecting every small part of the device before you pack it and take it with you to the airport. This is the first step towards happy traveling with a vape kit because it will make everything more manageable down the line.

The most prudent thing you can do is to pack new coils because cleaning them before going on a trip can be risky if it turns out that they don’t work anymore, and you’re in a foreign country.

Clean every other piece of the equipment carefully and thoroughly and let them dry out completely before putting them in a bag.

Protect the battery

Sources of powerful energy include lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are powerful enough to the point that they could power an electric car. Note that the batteries’ metal enclosure is conductive and you need to be more careful. To prevent any likely accident, cover your battery terminals with tape and use a padded carrier to transport them.

Some airlines also restrict the number of batteries that an individual can carry.

Pack your vaping gear in the carry-on bag

E-liquids are allowed in carry-on bags if they are less than 100ml and are compliant with the TSA liquid regulations. You should pack your e-liquids in a clear plastic bag with a zipper on the top. It’s a good idea to pack them in the same bag with other small liquids, such as shampoo or lotion. It will ensure they are safely stored.

Regardless if you are traveling by bus, train, or plane, you should always pack your vaping gear in your carry-on bag. The first reason is convenience. Having your vaping gear by your hand ensures you can easily and quickly grab it when you need it or if an authority asks for that. It will save you lots of trouble and time and will prevent a possible travel delay.

The second reason is the airport regulations. According to their rules, you can take your vaping gear only in your carry-on bag. It’s because if you place them in your checked bags, the metal detectors at the security checkpoint will sign that there’s something metal in your bag. Therefore, you will have to remove them from that bag, show them to the authorities, and then place them in your carry-on bag.

However, an advantage of keeping e-liquid in checked bags is that there’s no size limit for the bottles.

When going through the security checkpoint, you don’t need to declare the e-liquids for inspection, but simply go through. However, if the airport regulations state that liquids have to be screened separately, you can place it on the tray for examination. Once they are examined, you can put them back in your carry-on bag.

Protect the battery

Sources of powerful energy include lithium-ion batteries. The batteries are powerful enough to the point that they could power an electric car. Note that the batteries’ metal enclosure is conductive and you need to be more careful. To prevent any likely accident, cover your battery terminals with tape and use a padded carrier to transport them.

Some airlines also restrict the number of batteries that an individual can carry.

Can you take weed vapes or cannabis on a plane?

For the most part, the same rules apply to weed vape devices as e-liquid devices. Any vape that uses a battery (and any extra batteries) must pass the security check and travel with you on the plane. The big difference is that, generally speaking, you can’t take cannabis itself on a plane.

According to the TSA, their officers are not specifically looking for drugs. But if they see them, they won’t exactly just let them pass through.

“TSA’s response to the discovery of marijuana is the same in every state and at every airport — regardless of whether marijuana has been or is going to be legalized,” a TSA spokesperson told USA Today.

When TSA inspectors find cannabis flower or hash oil during the security check, they alert airport security, which generally means local police. The police will proceed according to local laws and customs, which might mean handcuffs and an arrest in some places, or shrugged shoulders in others.

At airports in some of the U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana, the local authorities will let you proceed to your flight with your stash, as long as you aren’t carrying more than the legal state possession limit.

The catch to these policies is that they only cover part of your trip. If you’re traveling to a state where cannabis possession remains a crime, you can be charged when you reach your destination. Remember that once your plane takes off, you’re in federal airspace. The legal weed you bought in Seattle will still be legal after you exit the plane in Boston, but during that 3,000-mile flight you’re carrying a federal Schedule I narcotic.

Be cautious. And remember that the same rules apply to all forms of cannabis. If you’re not allowed to fly somewhere with a bag of weed, the same restrictions apply to flying with oil cartridges, wax and other concentrates, and technically even CBD, which federal drug authorities still view as an illegal cannabinoid.

Keep it cool when explaining

Despite the growing popularity of vaping, some people are not familiar with the vaping gear. Your vaporizer can be easily mistaken for what it’s not. It is essential to anticipate stern security officials that will demand further explanation.

If you find yourself in such a situation, it is advisable to exercise calmness and patience. Ensure that you cooperate with the security personnel and your flight will proceed without any hassles. Being rude or appearing uneasy will only work against you.

Be considerate

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It is against airplane etiquette to vape inside a plane. Smoking aboard an airplane places you at risk of legal action. In some cases, you can get ejected from the flight.

Some people who find it hard to resist the craving sneak into the airplane to get a quick vape session. The anxiety of sneaky vaping makes the whole process unsatisfying and can ignite even more restlessness.

Although vaping is widely accepted, there are some regulations that you should follow. It’s not only because of the laws but also because of your and other passengers’ safety. Therefore, before getting on board, make sure you have safely packed your vaping gear and you have turned off the vaping devices.

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