Travelling as a vaper can be a complicated affair; there are plenty of rules and regulations at airports and in some destinations which can really get in the way of vaping.
Although vaping is far safer than smoking cigarettes, there is still a taboo surrounding the activity so, so that you’re as prepared as possible for your trip, here’s what you need to consider when you’re packing your vape.
The majority of your vape equipment should be taken on the plane as hand luggage with the exception of your e-liquids.
We spoke to Cloudz Vapour who said: “It’s always best to pack your e-liquids into your hold luggage as opposed to your hand luggage, that way you can take as many bottles with you as you desire.”
“Similarly, try to avoid taking liquids in glass bottles as these are prone to breaking and always try to seal your liquids in a plastic bag in case they spill during the flight.”
However, if you do decide to take your e-liquids in your carry-on luggage, you’ll have to bear in mind that your liquids must fit into the plastic bags provided at the airport and the bottles must not exceed 100 ml.
It’s absolutely essential that you carry your batteries in your hand luggage as large batteries aren’t allowed to be taken on a flight in hold luggage.
Most airlines request that you take your tanks, mods, and RDAs onto the plane with you in your hand luggage and, by doing this, you also have less chance of your equipment being broken in transit.
Although Heathrow airport used to have a designated vaping area, it is now closed and you won’t currently find any UK airports which allow the use of e-cigarettes in terminals.
So, in most cases, if you would like to vape before your flight, you’ll have to do it outside of the terminal before you go through security.
For more information on airports’ smoking/vaping regulations and designated areas, go to Airport Smokers.
There are currently no UK airlines which allow vaping on flights and, despite many people claiming that you can probably get away with vaping a bit in the toilet cubicle on the plane, it’s not recommended that you try it as you could rack up enormous fines and penalties.
If you feel as though you’re really going to struggle on your flight without vaping, there are plenty of plane-friendly substitutes available, such as nicotine chewing gum and nicotine patches.
There have been many cases where travellers have found that, although their vaping equipment has been successfully checked in at the airport and allowed to be carried on the plane, the vape isn’t actually allowed at their destination.
Although the use of e-cigarettes is commonplace in the UK, in some other cultures it’s deemed strange or even illegal – most European countries, however, do allow vaping in open areas.
Norway, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Singapore, and Argentina have all banned e-cigarettes so it’s crucial that you do your research into the laws and regulations of your destination before you travel.