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A guide to travelling and vaping aboard: Stay legal while vaping abroad.

Our comprehensive 'Vaping Abroad' guide, is your go-to resource for ensuring a hassle-free and legal vaping experience during your international travels.

by Jax Robertson - 7 minute read - September 13, 2023 -

As a responsible vaper, it’s crucial to be mindful of your surroundings and follow proper vaping etiquette while abroad.

If you’re someone who loves to vape and explore new places, this guide is tailor-made for you! As a traveller and vaping enthusiast, I’ve learned a thing or two about navigating the world of vaping while on the road. So, let’s dive in and discover how to vape like a pro while exploring exotic lands!

Research Vape Regulations And Customs.

Before you jet off to your dream destination, it’s essential to do a bit of homework on local vape regulations and customs. Believe me, getting caught in a sticky situation with the local authorities isn’t exactly a great way to start your holiday.

On a recent trip to Thailand, I was blissfully unaware of their strict vaping laws. My trusty vape pen was swiftly confiscated at the airport, leaving me without my beloved companion for the entire trip. Lesson learned: never skip the research!

Take the time to research the specific regulations and laws related to vaping in your destination country. Some places may have a complete ban on vaping, while others might have restrictions on nicotine levels or where you can vape. The last thing you want is to face hefty fines or even worse, end up with your vaping gear confiscated.

The internet is your best friend when it comes to staying informed. Look up official government websites or reliable forums to get up-to-date information. Vaping communities can be a goldmine of personal experiences and helpful advice from those who’ve been there, done that. Trust me; it can spare you a ton of hassle.

Passport for traveling.

Check Vape Carrying Rules For Flights.

Now that you know the local regulations, let’s talk about getting your vaping gear through airport security without any trouble. Flying can be a bit daunting with all the rules and regulations, but with a few tips, you’ll be soaring like a pro.

I once had my e-liquid bottle leak all over my clothes in my checked baggage. Not fun! Now, I always store my vape juice in a zip-lock bag to prevent any messy mishaps.

First things first, check the airline’s rules regarding vaping equipment. While most airlines allow you to carry vaping devices and e-liquids in your carry-on luggage, some might restrict it to checked baggage only. Make sure your batteries are removed from your device and securely stored in a battery case to prevent any accidental fires.

Invest in a sturdy vape case or pouch to keep your gear safe and organized. Trust me; you don’t want to end up with a broken tank or a lost mod. Also, keep in mind that liquids should also comply with the airline’s liquid restrictions. Typically, you’re allowed to carry bottles with up to 100ml of liquid, but it’s best to check beforehand to avoid any last-minute dumping of your favourite juices.

A330 Airbus Plane

Consider Vape Juice Restrictions.

A vital point to consider while travelling is the varying restrictions on a liquid’s nicotine levels from country to country. Some places might have strict limits, while others could be more lenient. Be prepared and opt for lower nicotine content to stay on the safe side.

During a trip to New Zealand, I discovered that the maximum nicotine level for vape juice is 20mg/ml. Thankfully, I had packed some lower-nicotine e-liquids, which saved the day!

If you’re a high-nicotine vaper, don’t fret! Before leaving, stock up on your favourite e-liquids with lower nicotine levels, or even better, try nicotine-free alternatives. Remember, it’s all about enjoying your travels without any unnecessary stress.

Learn About Vape Shop Availability.

Imagine you’re in a foreign land, craving your favourite vape juice, and you have no idea where to find it. Avoid that panic by researching vape shop availability in your destination.

Personal Anecdote: When I travelled to Tokyo, I struggled to find a vape shop in the city centre. I had to rely on my basic Japanese language skills and a few locals’ help to finally locate one.

To save yourself from a similar predicament, hop online and use vape shop directories and communities to find local shops. Some countries might have vape shops aplenty, while others could be few and far between. It’s also a great way to meet fellow vapers and share experiences. Remember, vapers are a friendly bunch, and we love to help each other out!

Man vaping on the side of a road.

Be Mindful of Vaping Etiquette.

As a responsible vaper, it’s crucial to be mindful of your surroundings and follow proper vaping etiquette while abroad.

On a trip across Europe two years ago, I witnessed a fellow traveller vaping on a crowded bus, oblivious to the irritated looks and disapproving murmurs. It’s important to respect local norms and avoid vaping in confined or crowded public spaces!

Before indulging in a cloud-chasing session, take a moment to research local attitudes towards vaping. In some countries, vaping is perfectly acceptable, while in others, it might be frowned upon or even illegal. Be considerate, and if in doubt, ask a local or look for designated smoking areas.

Prepare for Charging and Power Adapters.

Lost in a foreign city with a dead battery? Not the most enjoyable situation. Make sure you’re prepared to charge your devices while travelling.

During a trip to Bali, I found myself struggling to charge my vape with an incompatible adapter. Luckily, a friend of mine loaned me a universal adapter to keep things running.

Research the power outlets and voltage standards of your destination and bring along the appropriate power adapters. Universal adapters are lifesavers and can handle different plug types, saving you from running around trying to find a compatible charger. Better still, travel with a better-prepared friend – like mine, just in case.

Charger Adapter for vaping device

Plan For E-liquid Spills And Leaks.

E-liquid spills are the last thing you want to deal with on your travels. Prevent potential mess by taking some precautions.

I once had a leaky tank ruin my new smartphone in my pocket. Since then, I’ve become extra cautious with storing my vape gear.

Store your liquids in leak-proof bottles and, better yet, seal them in plastic bags to contain any accidental leaks. It’s also wise to carry spare coils and a small cleaning kit to keep your gear in tip-top shape.

Addressing Vape Gear Security.

While you’re out exploring new places, it’s crucial to keep your vape gear safe and secure.

During a backpacking trip two years ago, a few of my travelling essentials went missing from my hostel dorm. Since then, I’ve learned to be more cautious with where I leave my gear.

Invest in a discreet case or pouch to blend in with your other belongings. It’ll not only protect your gear but also help avoid any unwanted attention. Additionally, consider travel insurance that covers your electronic devices, just in case the unexpected happens.


You reached the end of this adventure and you’re now equipped with a vaping passport to conquer the world! Remember, researching local regulations, being respectful of local customs, and being mindful of your surroundings is key to vaping happily and safely abroad. With a bit of preparation and an adventurous spirit, you can enjoy your journey to the fullest.

So, pack your bags, and enjoy those happy travels my friend!

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Jax Robertson
Vape Expert