8 Things You Should Know Before You Travel with Your Vape

Vaping has become a global phenomenon that has taken many countries by storm over recent years. With that in mind, if you wish to travel to other countries and be able to bring your e-cigarette to vape while you enjoy the sights and sounds or travel for work,  then you may want to remember the following before you embark on your journey.

Airport and Airline Vaping Policies

You may want to inquire your chosen airline on what their rules and regulations are regarding e-cigarette and if you can carry them in your carry-on bag. What's most likely is that since e-cigarettes have batteries in them, you have to put them in your carry-on if you wish to bring them with you. 

Checked Luggage Battery Ban

As of this writing, a worldwide ban on transporting e-cigarettes in checked luggage. There is concern with how batteries in them can be a hazard, so the International Civil Aviation Organization amended the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Doc 9284) recently to no longer allow e-cigarettes in the cargo hold of the aircraft.

If you're bringing an e-cigarette and other hardware with you on your travels, it's best to have them in your carry-on bag to both have them on hand and to not get into trouble.

Vaping Laws

Take time to learn about the country you're going to and their legal status regarding vaping. Most of them are tolerant with vaping, although some do have restrictions with e-liquids that contain nicotine as the ingredient is considered a potent poison.

The thing with the legal status of vaping in these countries is that it's often hard to pin down exactly what the legal situation is in these countries, and it tends to be different in each of them. Some are okay with vaping, but only in certain places, restricts the possession of e-liquid, or so on.

As of May 2018, There are three countries wherein vaping is pretty much illegal—Thailand,  Singapore the United Arab Emirates. If you're planning to travel to these countries, it is best to leave your e-cigarette behind and bear with having to go cold turkey for a while.

Your best defense here is to do your homework while planning your vacation and take the necessary precautions before going to the airport. The last thing you want is to have your e-cigarette confiscated, or even be held in custody.

Vaping in Restaurants and Public Places

To continue with the previous point, you should look up whether it's legal to vape in public establishments. Vaping is now covered by most city laws and ordinances, usually lumped together with anti-smoking laws. Most of the time, smoking areas allow for vaping as well, so make sure you find out whether 

Find Local Retail Locations

If you're able to bring your e-cigarette into the country and allowed to vape there, then the next step is to find out where there are vaping retail stores in the city you're going to. Whether you find one in Google maps or one of the many store locators online in online vaping resources, you should be able to find one you can restock in once you arrive.

Store E-Juice Bottles Vertically

Whether it's in your carry-on luggage, at the hotel room, or wherever else, you do not want to store your e-juice the wrong way. If you're able to put in straps or some other mechanism to keep your e-juice bottles vertical in your luggage, then you shouldn't have to worry about much else other than making sure you keep the luggage upright at all times.

It's not that keeping it on its side instantly makes the liquid inside unusable. However, you wouldn't want to find out later on upon opening up your luggage that some or all of it had leaked or spilled into your clothing. 

Store Batteries in Cool Place

You now know that you can't store your batteries in your checked luggage. However, you should also mind where you carry it on your person. Temperature is a very important consideration as hot places can be dangerous for your batteries.

If you don't wish to end up like those horror stories of e-cigarette batteries exploding in pockets or bags, then make sure they're original and aren't stored where heat is concentrated. Then again, even if your batteries are guaranteed not to blow up, they'd still get damaged and lose their charge if left in a hot place for an extended period of time.

If you're going to be traveling by car anytime, do not leave your batteries in the car for long, especially if it's going to be hot. Carry them with you and make sure they're well-ventilated and/or in a cool place at all times, away from sunlight and other sources of heat.


Of course, if you don't want to bring too many spare batteries with you, then you'd want to be able to charge your e-cigarette when you get to your accommodation. Research beforehand what voltage and plug outlet is used in the country you're going to.

Also, make sure you get a good charger that are safe to prevent short circuits and other unforeseen consequences. If you're traveling by car most of the time, then you'd want to bring a good car charger so you don't have to panic when running low while vaping on the road.

kurt sonderegger
kurt sonderegger


Founder/CEO of Cafe Racer Craft E-Liquid

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