Just imagine it. You’ve visited your favorite e-cig shop online, packed your bags, and you’re on your way for an amazing vacation. You might be strolling down the narrow streets of Venice, feeling the sea air against your face on the deck of a cruise ship, or taking your kids to their favorite ridiculously-expensive theme park. But is it going to be easy for you to enjoy a puff from your e-cig?
Since vaping is still a new technology, there isn’t yet a lot of consistency. That means travelers have to do a little extra research ahead of time in order to make sure they can vape without incident. Yesterday, we talked a little about getting your vaping equipment through the airport and on the airplane. Today, we’d like to share a few general travel tips, so that you can enjoy both your vacation and your e-cig.
- For years, cruise lines have had a thorny dilemma when it came to balancing the comfort of smokers vs. non-smokers. In some ways, vapers have it a little easier. Not all cruise ships are the same, and some restrict vaping to designated smoking areas. But others are a little more evolved, and you’re allowed to use e-cigs in casinos, bars, the pool, virtually anywhere. If you’re cruising, check ahead of time to see what’s allowed on your ship.
- If you’re traveling within the United States, remember that vaping is often covered by ordinances and city laws. Some cities are very hard on vapers, and you could potentially get ticketed just for puffing on your e-cig next to the entrance of a building. Know what to expect before you arrive.
- If you’re leaving the United States, remember that you’re subject to the laws in the country you’re visiting. Some countries like Argentina, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Brazil, have outlawed vaping entirely. Others are completely fine with it. Ignorance of another country’s laws are no excuse for breaking them, so be sure to do your due diligence before you leave.
- If you’re renting a car, remember that some companies prohibit vaping entirely. If vaping is okay, though, spend the extra money and buy yourself a car charger. This way, you can vape as much as you want on the road instead of having to wait until you get back to your hotel or find an outlet in a truck stop.
- Speaking of truck stops, if you run out of e-juice, cartomizers, or batteries, you might be tempted to buy knock-off products while you’re getting gas. We’d advise against it since the cheap e-juice won’t be nearly as flavorful as what you usually buy, and imitation parts may not be compatible with your e-cig. Unless you’re literally in the middle of nowhere, a quick online search can direct you to a reputable vaping shop.
- While you’re in the car, make your life easier and be sure to store e-juice bottles vertically. You can easily stash them in the storage bin of the car door or in the cup holder. Otherwise, you run the risk of the bottle leaking due to pressure changes or spilling due to dumb luck, and then your rental car will reek of your favorite flavor of e-liquid.