More people than ever before are traveling this holiday season, and that means you might be hitting the road with your vape. If you’ve traveled a lot, though, you’re probably already wondering when and where you can break it out for a some quick hits.

That depends.

When and where you can vape depends a lot on where you’re going and how you’re getting there. Let’s look at some of the most popular forms of travel and how they affect your vaping routine:

By Car
If you’re driving somewhere this holiday season, you’re going to benefit from low gas prices… and from nearly unlimited freedom to vape as you wish. The key word here, though, is nearly unlimited.

Many states, including California, have laws that prohibit tobacco use and vaping in a vehicle when children are present. Since most states define children as anyone under the age of 18, you’ll want to refrain from vaping in your car if anyone is under 18… or even looks like they are. It’s safer to step outside the vehicle at rest stops and gas stations to vape in the open--just look out for designated smoking or vaping spots and “No Smoking” signs.

Also, if your vape produces large or heavy clouds, you may have trouble using it in the car. Some states, including Wisconsin, prohibit anything that can obstruct a clear view out of the windshield… and that has been repeatedly confirmed to include vape clouds. If you’re going to vape in your car, consider keeping the window cracked so the cloud blows out, or use a low-cloud e-juice.

By Plane
The TSA can be overly aggressive with confiscating things in the security line, but you may be surprised to learn that TSA officers are unlikely to seize your vape.

There is no regulation prohibiting you from taking a vape device on an airplane in your carry-on baggage, but there ARE rules against devices with batteries in the plane’s cargo hold. What this means for you is that you can have your vape in your carry-on, but not in your checked baggage. If you try to pack your favorite vape away in your checked baggage, you may arrive at your destination only to find that it was confiscated before it ever made it onto the plane.

E-juice is a completely different story. The TSA prohibits you from carrying more than three ounces of liquid through a security checkpoint. This rule applies to the size of the container, not the actual amount of liquid, so--unless you have a very, very small container of e-juice--you won’t be able to carry your juice onto the plane. Since it doesn’t have a battery, though, you can still take your e-juice with you in your checked baggage.

So, the rule when flying is: Vape with you in your carry-on, and e-juice in your checked baggage. Don’t try it the other way around.

When you’re actually in the airport, be sure to observe posted “No Smoking” and designated smoking area signs. Also, never vape on the plane. Doing so is a violation of federal law and could result in a fine of $5,000 and possible arrest.

By Train
If you’re taking an Amtrak train for your holiday getaway, you’re not going to be vaping on board. The Amtrak website is very clear about the smoking and vaping policy:

“All Amtrak trains, Thruway buses and stations are entirely non-smoking. No one may smoke anything in any area on trains, on Thruway services, in stations or in any other location where smoking is prohibited. This includes Electronic smoking devices, such as electronic cigarettes.”

The folks at Amtrak aren’t entirely unsympathetic to your vaping needs, though. Certain stops are designated smoking area, and the train will stay at those stops a little longer so you have time to get your vaping fix before continuing your journey.


How are you traveling this season? Are you taking your vape with you? Use the comments to let us know!