If you vape and are planning to travel, there’s a good chance that you’re going to want to bring a supply of vape juice with you. After all, you don’t want to experience nicotine fits while you’re on vacation. It’s also hard to tell how easy it will be to find e-liquid – or how affordable it will be – in another country until you’re actually there. 

You won’t be ready to travel, though, until your vape gear is packed according to safety regulations. Airlines have special packing requirements for liquid items and for things with batteries – and vape gear falls into both of those categories. Packing your luggage is one of the most stressful aspects of travel. Having a sound strategy is one of the most effective ways to alleviate that stress. In this article, we’re going to tell you everything that you need to know about bringing vape juice on an airplane.

How to Pack Vape Juice and Other Vape Gear in Your Carry-On Bag

It’s a little more difficult to pack vape juice in your carry-on bag than it is to bring it in your checked luggage. You might want to go through the trouble anyway, though, in case your itinerary happens to bring you to an airport that allows vaping and makes it convenient to do so. It’s also not a bad idea to have at least one bottle of vape juice in your carry-on bag to ensure that you won’t find yourself without nicotine if your checked luggage is delayed or lost.

Here’s a tip that you might find useful: Consider traveling with nicotine salt e-liquid. Since it usually comes in higher strengths than freebase nicotine vape juice, it allows you to carry more nicotine in a smaller package. That’s especially useful if you want to bring e-liquid in your carry-on bag, since it’ll have to share space with your other liquid items.

To bring vape juice on an airplane in your carry-on bag, you need to pack your bottled e-liquid or pre-filled vape cartridges in a quart-sized zip-top bag. You’re only allowed to carry one quart-sized bag for your liquid items, and all of the other liquids and gels that you want to bring in your carry-on luggage need to fit in the same bag. In addition, your e-liquids and other liquid products can’t be in bottles larger than 100 ml or 3.4 oz.

When you go through the security checkpoint at the airport, you’ll need to remove the zip-top bag from your carry-on luggage and present it for a separate inspection. 

If you’re a heavy vaper or will be traveling for a while, you’ll probably find that a single quart-sized bag won’t offer enough space for all of the vape juice you’d like to bring. If that’s the case, there’s no need to worry; you can bring as much e-liquid as you like in your checked luggage.

Vaping devices, however, always need to travel in your carry-on bag due to the risk of fire with lithium-ion batteries. This rule applies to both rechargeable and disposable devices.

How to Pack Vape Juice in Your Checked Luggage

The rules regarding flying with liquid items in your carry-on luggage are fairly restrictive. Unless you’re packing nothing but vape juice in your zip-top bag, you’re probably going to find that the bag isn’t large enough to hold a sufficient supply of e-liquid for your entire trip.

If that’s the case, you can pack extra e-liquid in your checked luggage with no restrictions. You should keep in mind, though, that the change in air pressure can sometimes cause bottles of liquid to leak at altitude. You wouldn’t want vape juice to stain your clothes. To help prevent that from happening, you can either pack your e-liquid in a sealed bag or place tape over the bottles’ caps.

Some Airports Allow Vaping – But They Don’t Always Make It Easy

It’s a good idea to bring a bottle of vape juice when traveling in case your checked luggage is delayed or lost – but you shouldn’t do so expecting that you’ll be able to vape at an airport during your travels. Virtually every airport that you’re likely to travel through will have rules forbidding vaping wherever smoking isn’t allowed, and it has become increasingly rare for airports to offer smoking areas inside their security perimeters. If you have a layover during your trip and want to vape, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to leave the entire airport and vape outside. Given how inconvenient that would be, you’re probably better off bringing an alternative form of nicotine replacement such as nicotine gum or pouches. 

Don’t Ever Try to Vape on an Airplane

Unlike smoking, vaping doesn’t fill the air with a foul odor. In addition, if you hold the vapor in your lungs long enough, it’s practically invisible when you exhale. With those things in mind, you might feel tempted to “stealth vape” during your flight. That, however, would be a very bad idea because you will almost certainly be caught. Every major airline disallows vaping in flight. In the United States, disregarding the rule is a federal offense that can lead to a steep fine. So, don’t try to vape on an airplane – and definitely don’t try to sneak a puff in the bathroom. It’s simply not worth the risk. Bring nicotine replacement products instead. 

Know the Laws in the Destination Country Before You Go

Most nations are fairly permissive toward vaping and treat it more or less the same as smoking. If you’re an adult, you’re generally free to buy vaping products and to use those products wherever you’re allowed to smoke. However, there are some nations with fairly restrictive vaping laws. Vaping is banned outright, for instance, in India and Thailand. If you’re planning to bring vape juice on an airplane, you’re responsible for knowing whether you’re allowed to vape in your destination country. You’re also responsible for knowing if it’s legal to import e-liquid with nicotine into that country. Take the time to review the current laws before you travel.