If you’ve got an upcoming holiday planned, the last thing you want is to be without your e-cig whilst you’re away. It’s hard enough to keep up with vaping laws here in the UK but it’s important that you’re also aware on the rules regarding travelling as a vaper.
The good news is that you can totally take your vaping kit abroad with you, but there are a few things you need to be prepared for, from packing your kit to vaping once you land. So let’s run through everything you need to know about travelling if you vape!
Pack your e-cig in your hand luggage
It’s a good idea to pack your vape gear in your hand luggage. Not only will it give you peace of mind that things such as glass tanks are less likely to break, but the rules differ from airline to airline with some insisting on tanks and mods being taken in your carry on, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Also, be aware that all large batteries are not allowed to be packed in hold luggage, so be careful to not pack your spares in your checked suitcase by mistake.
We also recommend emptying your tanks prior to the flight as the change in air pressure can cause the liquid to be forced out of the air holes. Empty the tank & keep it upside down wrapped in tissue.
When it comes to the vape juice you plan to take with you, you’ll probably want to pack this in your checked luggage, as you won’t be able to vape inside most airports or on the plane itself, so there’s little point bringing it with you in your hand luggage and using your liquids allowance.
You are able to take liquid with you in your hand luggage if you want to though, you just have to make sure you stick to the current allowance which is that no container may be of more than 100ml with all placed inside a transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of up to 20cm x 20cm and a total capacity of up to a litre. We also advise plastic bottles over glass to avoid any breakages! Skyscanner have more details of the rules on liquids in hand luggage here in case you need to refresh your memory.
We recommend placing your juices inside a Ziploc bag even if you are putting them in your checked luggage as the changes in pressure can occasionally make the bottles leak.
Don’t vape in the airport or on the plane
You won’t be allowed to vape inside the airport in the UK. Heathrow did briefly allow vaping a few years ago but have since changed their policy so you will have to have your final nicotine fix before entering the airport.
You also won’t be allowed to vape on the plane, as vaping follow the same rules as smoking and, as such, you must adhere to any no smoking signs.
Don’t forget that smoking (or in this case, vaping) in the air is a serious offence and just a few months ago, a man was jailed for over nine years for doing so in the toilets.
Vaping at your destination
One of the most important things to do before travelling is to check that you’ll actually be able to vape in the country you are visiting. It may be socially accepted and legal here in the UK, but vaping is illegal in a number of countries around the world, so it is important that you check this before you set off to avoid finding yourself on the wrong side of the law!
Some countries and states have banned e-cigs altogether whilst others are a little more confusing as they allow nicotine-free vaping, but products containing nicotine are not allowed. The Wikipedia page on the regulation of electronic cigarettes gives information on the stance taken by many countries, but we advise doing your own research too, including checking whether or not the restrictions simply apply to the sale of liquids and vape gear or also the use.
We hope that this has given you some insight into the dos and don’ts of taking your e-cig on holiday with you.
On the other hand, still not entirely sure what the changes to the law in the UK regarding vape liquid mean for you? Check out this post where we explain everything for you!