Since 2011, the number of global vapers has increased rapidly from 7 million to 35 million in 2016. As a result, more rules and regulations have come into action to accommodate this changing society.
Much of the legislation is for the protection of both you and the general public, so make sure you’re familiar with these laws before you travel. A little bit of preparation will go a long way and can save you some trouble.
In this article, we’ll discuss the things you’ll need to know when traveling with your vape, including flying with vape juice.
While you may have switched over from cigarettes over to vaping since it’s a healthier alternative, the long-term effects aren’t still quite known yet. Plus, the flavored ejuices may be more appealing to the younger crowd, which may cause them to pick up a nicotine habit they’d otherwise not have.
Because of these reasons, the FDA has set some laws in place to regulate how vapes and accessories are sold in the country. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
When you’re selecting ejuices, make sure you’re getting them from reputable places that carry FDA-approved products. That way, you’re getting the safest products on the market.
Research Your Destination’s Laws on Vaping
The United States is great for vaping since there are practically no restrictions on it. But other countries may not be so tolerant.
For instance, you can get fined for vaping in public in some places. In others, it’s completely illegal.
In some countries, you can even face prison time. That’s not really worth a few hits on your vape, is it?
Even if it’s legal, you might want to do some research on the vaping culture there. If it’s frowned upon, you may want to keep it under wraps and only vape at your hotel to keep the locals happy.
Now that you know a little bit on vaping safely, here are the things you need to know about traveling with your vape.
Storing Your Vape Properly
Before you set off on your travels, you need to learn how to store your vape properly. This not only ensures it doesn’t break while in transit but that it doesn’t accidentally turn on either. This will prolong its life.
The very first thing you need to do is take out the batteries or disconnect it. Empty the tank and put it inside a ziplock bag in case any remaining liquid spills.
You’ll also want to put the vape itself in a case to protect it from being crushed or knocked around. For the slimmer e-cigarettes, you can usually put it in a toothbrush holder or a cup. For bigger vapes, you can usually buy a specially made case from the manufacturer.
Try and keep your vape upfront to keep debris from getting into your device. You should also avoid heat and bright lights.
Below are specifics on how to travel with your vape. The topics cover driving, public transportation, and flying.
If you’re driving yourself on a road trip, you’ll have lots of freedom regarding what to do with your vape juices and device.
For the vape ejuices, you can leave them in their original packaging. You may want to put them in a ziplock bag in case they get jostled in your car, leading them to tip over and leak. That way, any accidents are contained within the bag.
For the device, you’ll want to keep it out of direct sunlight and heat. This means you shouldn’t be driving around for extended periods of time with your vape in your pocket. The main concern is your vape overheating since that can cause it to malfunction or even explode.
Vaping While Driving
In the US, it’s technically not illegal to vape while you’re driving. However, there are several ways the police can still pull you over and penalize you for doing so.
For example, many states have outlawed driving while operating a “portable electronic device.” While you’d interpret that to be a cell phone, the meaning can apply to vapes as well. In fact, a man from New York was penalized for vaping while driving because of this law.
You can also be pulled over for obstructing the clarity of your windshield. Another potential charge is careless or reckless driving.
In the UK, you can be fined or lose your license if the police catch you vaping while driving. To be on the safe side, you should just put down the vape and concentrate on driving.
It can be distracting to multitask when you’re on the road. So the best course of action is to just take a break and vape when you’re not operating a moving vehicle.
Maybe you want to vape while on the way to work, or perhaps you’re taking public transportation while you’re on vacation. Whatever the reason, here are some of the things you should be aware of if you want to vape on public transportation.
In America, you aren’t allowed to vape while on a train. You aren’t allowed to use your vape while waiting in the station either.
Some cities (like Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York City) have laws in place that prevent you from vaping in public spaces. This means that not only can you not vape while commuting but also that you have to be extra conscious about where you take a hit from your vape.
In the UK, vaping on the platforms was once allowed. However, that is no longer the case. So not only can you not smoke on the platforms, but you can’t smoke while on the trains either.
If you’re thinking about taking the Tube while in London, you need to be aware that they’re also banned on that form of transportation.
If you want to get on a bus in the US, you won’t be able to vape. In general, you won’t be able to use your vape on public transportation. Even though the smoke coming out your device is vapor, it still may make people in public spaces uncomfortable.
Another thing to note is that vaping on buses is also forbidden on buses in the UK. For the most part, don’t expect to be allowed to vape on buses anywhere you go.
Wherever you are in the world, chances are, you’ll be taking short trips anyway. So just pack up your vape and ejuices. You’ll soon be off the bus and in a situation where you can vape again.
In the US, you can’t vape while in a vehicle. Not only does this apply to when you drive, but also when you’re a passenger. This is to ensure there are no obstructions to the driver while you’re in a moving car.
If you manage to take an Uber where the driver says it’s ok to vape on your trip, it’s best not to do it. You want your Uber driver to be able to get you to your destination as safely as possible, so just wait until you get there to vape.
If you’re planning on riding cabs in the UK, you won’t be able to vape while inside the vehicle either.
Flying can be more of a complicated way to travel with your vape since you may cross state or international borders. Plus, every airport and airline may have its own variations on rules. However, knowing the basics of flying out of an American airport should help immensely.
The TSA doesn’t allow you to put vaping items in your checked bags. This includes vape pens, atomizers, vaporizers, and battery-powered e-cigarettes.
However, you’re allowed to put these things in your carry on. Do note that certain airlines will have different restrictions, so check their policies well in advance to your trip.
When you get to the airport and go through security check, you’ll have to remove your e-cigarettes or vapes from your carry-on bags. Remove all batteries from the devices too. Also, check that your ejuice tank is empty.
Make sure the batteries stay out of your vaping devices for the entire duration of your time at the airport, both at home and when you get to your destination. Bring a case, since loose lithium batteries aren’t allowed in your baggage.
Having this knowledge prior to arriving will allow you to put these devices in easy to reach spots where you can take them out and put them back in with no problem.
Can I Vape in Airports?
This one’s a tricky question. The answer varies depending on which airport you’re at, whether it’s a domestic or international one.
If you’re traveling within the US, it should be legal, for the most part. The only airports you won’t be able to vape in include LAX (Los Angeles), PHL (Philadelphia), and SFO (San Francisco).
If you’re flying internationally, you should be able to vape in most airports as well. Currently, the only countries that have restrictions on vaping in their airports are Hong Kong, Singapore, and Argentina.
Can I Vape on the Airplane?
It might be a silly question, but it’s good to address it. Smoking cigarettes on planes was legal until February 25, 1990, after all.
Unfortunately, since its inception, vaping has not ever been allowed in flights. It doesn’t matter where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to; you can’t vape while you’re aboard.
Make sure you keep your vape and all your accessories packed away in your carry on while you’re on your flight. If you need to rearrange it for any reason, try and wait until you’re off the plane so no one thinks you’re trying to vape inside the plane.
Also, you aren’t allowed to charge your vape’s batteries or the vape itself while in flight. So make sure you don’t try to do so on your trip.
Flying with Vape Juice
You’ll be pleased to know that you can fly with your vape juice. While you can certainly purchase some at your destination, it can be reassuring and more convenient to bring your tried-and-tested ejuices. Plus, you’d have gotten the best prices on them instead of being a captive audience in your destination.
The TSA treats vape juice like all other liquids. You can put your vape ejuices in your carry-on bags so long as they’re less than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. You’ll also have to take them out of your bag when going through security check, so make sure they’re in an easily accessible part of your bags.
You can also bring your ejuices in your checked luggage. This may be a better option since you can take as much ejuice as you want.
If you check your vape juices, you’ll want to make sure they’re secure and inside another bag. Checked luggage gets thrown around, and there’s a chance your ejuices might leak. Consider putting them inside a hard case or wrapping them in a ziplock bag so your belongings don’t get ruined in case of a leak.
Take Care of Your Vape and Its Accessories While Traveling
Going on vacation or even traveling for business can be a fun experience. Don’t let it get ruined by not knowing the rules and regulations on what you can or can’t bring regarding vapes, including flying with vape juice.
Not only that but do your research and plan early. Your vape and its accessories probably cost a pretty penny, so you want to make sure it doesn’t break while in transit. By investing in some decent cases, you’ll ensure your vape will still be usable when you reach your destination.
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