Electronic Cigarettes and Traveling
On your next trip, get the nicotine your body craves without contending with the numerous restrictions on traditional smoking
Travel and tourism is considered to be one of the biggest economic sectors both here in the U.S. and around the world. It has an economic impact in excess of $2 trillion annually – just here in the U.S.
And it's indisputable that a vacation does the body and mind good!
Besides vacationing, many people in the U.S. and around the world have to travel for their work. Whether it's for a weeklong conference or just an overnight trip for a quick meeting, business travel alone accounts for over $500 billion in direct economic impact in the U.S. each year.
Decades ago, it was common to see smokers lighting up on planes and trains. But as the health dangers of smoking become more apparent and on the minds of the traveling public, so have restrictions on where you can light up.
Continue reading for tips on how you can safely enjoy vaping while traveling, along with some things you'll need to keep in mind when you're packing for your next trip.
Checklist – regardless of how you're traveling, be sure you take the following with you...
Packing for a trip can be chaotic. You need to have your toothbrush, plenty of clothes, any medicines, and if you're traveling with your kids, plenty of toys, books and other things to keep them occupied.
Regardless of where you're going, how you're getting there, and for how long, you need to be sure you have all of your vaping supplies with you since it will likely be difficult to find a replacement once you leave home. While you can always buy a toothbrush somewhere, supplies for your electronic cigarette will be much harder to come by.
Below is a checklist of the vaping supplies you will need to be sure to have on hand before leaving:
Cartridges – these devices contain the nicotine e-liquid. You likely won't be able to find any replacement cartridges on the road, so be sure to pack enough for the duration of your trip plus a little extra in the event of a delay.
Batteries – be sure and pack 2 or more batteries for your trip. You'll need one while the other is recharging, or in case you lose one.
Charging device – you'll also need to be sure you pack whatever charging device you have. This really depends on how you're traveling. If it's by car, be sure and pack a car charger if you have one. If you're staying at a hotel, bring your regular charger. And if you have a Personal Charging Case (PCC), pack that too for when you're out visiting the sites.
The importance of packing sufficient supplies for your electronic cigarette cannot be overstated – while e-cigs are becoming more available convenience stores, tobacco shops and other brick & mortar retailers, it can be difficult the find the right part for your particular device.
Now that you're packed, a few other things to keep in mind as you travel
Our modern society affords us many options for how we travel. For long distance trips, air travel is preferred by many since you can get to a far off destination pretty quickly. Car travel though provides flexibility in how long you take to get somewhere. Along the way, stop and take in a few sights, or pull off for a good meal– you can travel at your leisure.
While electronic cigarettes do provide greater flexibility over traditional smoking, there are a few things you need to keep in mind while traveling. Below are a few tips depending on how you'll be getting to your destination.
Most will agree that air travel is the most time effective way to get somewhere – but it's also the strictest. Security checkpoints and rules on what you can carry on an airplane are pretty extensive.
The good news is according to the Transportation Security Administration, you can bring your electronic cigarette supplies with you in your carry-on luggage. However, there are a few restrictions you should be aware of, including:
The U.S. Department of Transportation now forbids passengers and crew members from packing any battery operated smoking device in their checked baggage at the airport. Visit our blog for more information...
Vaping isn't allowed on the plane itself, and is considered "smoking" by most airlines. They include e-cigs in their rules to prevent concerns from arising during a flight.
Using an electronic cigarette in the terminal depends on where you're at. Some prohibit them along with smoking, some don't. Other airports have designated smoking areas, but these will probably not be too pleasant since they typically smell really bad.
In regards to TSA checkpoints and whether you should pack your electronic cigarettes on your carry-on or checked baggage, it's probably best to keep them with you. If they're discarded by an airline or security employee in your checked baggage, you won't be around to explain what they are. Even though more people are aware of vaping, many are still too unfamiliar with electronic cigarettes.
And regardless of where you pack your electronic cigarettes, ALWAYS separate the battery and cartridge. This will make going through the checkpoints much easier, especially if you separate the two and send them through the X-ray scanner with your keys, change, watch, wallet, etc. etc.
For traveling by car, the benefits of electronic cigarettes become pretty apparent, especially if you have other passengers who are non-smokers.
Since there's no tar, ash, and smoke, you first won't be exposing your family and friends to dangerous cigarette smoke. You can also use your electronic cigarette without rolling down the windows, which allows you to carry on a conversation without all the highway noise.
The one important thing to remember is to be sure you have a good supply of the items we listed above – a car charger is one of the most vital. More and more stores are selling electronic cigarettes, but these are usually very low quality brands or one-time use devices. A truck stop or convenience store will not have a cartomizer or car charger that fits your Eversmoke device.
Cruise lines like Holland, Carnival and others are no exception when it comes to smoking restrictions. But since electronic cigarettes pose no fire hazard or odorous smoke, most are fairly lenient on vapers. However, many do not allow vaping in dining rooms since many passengers will still mistake them for a regular cigarette.
One special consideration for both air and sea travel is charging your device.
This where a car charger and/or Personal Charging Case (PCC) comes in – keeping sufficient power supply is probably one of the biggest operational differences between traditional and electronic cigarettes.
When it comes to traveling and vacationing, electronic cigarettes provide unmatched flexibility. Keeping these tips in mind will ensure your travels go smoothly – much more smoothly than they would with traditional cigarettes.
To learn more about e-cigarettes, browse around our knowledge center and blog. And if you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us and begin your journey into the world of vaping today.