As more and more people are making the move from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes or vape, we thought we would take a look at how practical it is to actually take your vape with you when you travel abroad, be it for business or on holiday.
Knowing what the laws are in different countries can be a bit of a minefield, as they can differ quite significantly, so we thought we would compile what we hope is a useful guide to traveling with your vape.
Your first port of call when travelling to another country is to check their government website for any relevant information on vaping regulations well before your trip. It’s also advisable to check with the airline you are flying with, as many airlines will not allow you to bring your vape on board let alone into the airport terminal (apart from designated areas) and will more than likely have restrictions on the number of spare batteries you can carry in your luggage.
When packing, be sure to take some simple precautions so as not to get to your destination and find e-liquid all over your holiday clothes! For example, make sure you secure your e-liquid bottles to avoid any leakage during your journey and bear in mind that if you are putting your suitcase in the hold, baggage handlers are more than likely not to be as gentle with your suitcase as you are. Use plastic bottles when you can, as they are less likely to break or even better, invest in a special vape carrying bag, much like you would pack a good camera and lenses in a special padded carrying bag. Also, be sure to store your vape batteries separately in a special vape battery case or rubber sleeve. Do remember to pack that plug adaptor too as well as some spare coils, wicks and wire. And one last precaution before you get on that plane, ensure that you empty your tank so that the change in air pressure does not cause any leaks.
Getting through airport security can be a headache at the best of times, what with the 100ml liquid rule, so make sure that none of your bottles exceed this allowance and be sure you put them in a clear plastic bag before they are scanned. It’s also a good idea to keep the original packaging if you can, so that if you are asked to prove that it is actually a vape device, you are able to and it may also be a good idea to keep it fully assembled so as not to raise any suspicion. You may like to visit the CAA website for more information on the laws about bringing a vape on planes.
Local country laws
Whilst it may be quite legal to use your vape in a particular country, you may however find there are laws restricting the sale of vaping products. This is the case in places like Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland for example. So you may wish to pack extra e-liquid, some spare coils and batteries to keep you going for duration of your trip.
Director of Vape Club, Dan Marchant says that “holiday destinations popular with UK travellers where vaping is banned include both Thailand and Turkey. I personally would actively avoid travelling to a country where vaping is banned, but if you have no option then my best advice is to load up on nicotine gum and patches. For many vapers, it took a lot of effort to make the switch from smoking, and I wouldn’t want to risk that hard work.”
So assuming you have reached your destination without any problems and have your vape intact, it’s worth just checking with hotel staff or the place you are staying where you are able to use you e-cigarette or vape without offending anyone else, this will ensure you have a more hassle-free holiday or trip and can enjoy vaping in peace and quiet.
Finally, what do you do when you are travelling to vape free countries? Perhaps the best plan of action is to heed Dan Marchant’s advice and pack plenty of nicotine gum and patches and at least you won’t need to worry about overzealous airport security!
Simon Burrell is Editor-in-Chief of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.