Whether it’s for work, vacation, or to get home for the holidays, most Canadians engage in air travel at least once per year. Travelling can be a lot of fun, but for the most part, the travelling itself isn’t really that pleasurable.
As vapers, flying can be especially irritating if you’re not prepared. With all of the airline regulations and horror stories of confiscated vapes, travelling with a vape might seem a bit off-putting. But if you follow all of these tips, you should have absolutely nothing to worry about.
Respect Liquid Limits
Just like shampoo or body lotion, e-juice is considered a liquid. For the safety of their passengers, all airlines allow a liquid volume limit of 100mL in the carry-on luggage of each traveller. This liquid must also be placed in an clear, sealed, airtight bag (like a sandwich zip bag). Keep in mind that this limit also includes any toiletries you might carry with you, like toothpaste or gel deodorant, so you likely won’t be able to take a full 100mL e-liquid bottle on the plane with you. In fact, if you exceed the 100mL carry-on limit, airport security does have the right to confiscate any excess liquid, and you definitely don’t want your hard-earned money to go right down the drain. The good news is that there is no limit to how much liquid you can carry in your checked baggage. However, it’s still a good idea to keep your liquid items inside a sealed bag to prevent anything from accidentally spilling into your luggage.
Keep Batteries in Your Checked Luggage
If you travel by plane often, you’ll know that any item that can potentially be a danger is restricted from being kept in the plane’s cabin and must be kept in checked baggage instead. In regard to vaping, this refers mostly to mods and batteries. Although they are generally safe when stored in proper conditions, internal and removable batteries can pose as a fire hazard. So, because of this, any removable batteries must be stored outside of their mod in specific battery cases like Dual 18650 Battery Case from 180smoke.ca, and stored in your checked luggage. All devices with internal batteries must be turned off, and these parts must also be kept in checked baggage.
Empty Your Tank
When travelling in an airplane, it’s hard not to notice the change in air pressure as the aircraft ascends. Although the cabin is pressurized to reduce the impact of the atmospheric change, it doesn’t completely normalize it during takeoff and landing (which is why you get that popping feeling in your ears). Liquid that isn’t completely sealed in a container reacts to this pressure, too. For example, if you store a refillable tank full of e-liquid in either your carry-on or checked baggage, the pressure will force the liquid through the coil at a higher rate than normal, causing the tank to flood and leak large amounts of e-liquid from the airflow. So, before you go through airport security, it’s a good idea to empty your vape tank completely to avoid any e-juice loss.
Don’t Try to Be Sneaky
Vaping is not allowed on airplanes or inside airports. Because of regulations against vape batteries in carry-on luggage and security scanners to ensure that these rules are adhered to, this is less likely to happen when travelling by plane, although it can happen on other forms of public transit, like trains, buses, or subways. Either way, let me be clear: DO NOT try to be sneaky and stealth vape or vape in bathrooms. Transit companies do their best to maintain the best air quality possible on these enclosed vehicles, and other passengers have paid just as much money as you have to have a comfortable, non-cloudy ride. If you’re on a long flight or ride and are concerned about nicotine withdrawal, consider investing in some NRT items, like nicotine gum, lozenges or toothpicks, that can be used while you’re travelling.
Keep It Accessible
Once you touch down at your destination, the last thing you’ll want to do is waste time rummaging for your vape gear at the bottom of your bag. Some things may be kept in your carry-on and some in your checked luggage, but it’s a good idea to keep anything you’ll need for your vape in a pocket or area of your bag that’s easily accessible once you get where you’re going. Smaller vapes, like pen vapes or pod vapes, might be easier to travel with for this reason, but it really comes down to your preference. Check out vape buying guides to find the most travel-friendly vape for you.