E-Cigarettes and Your Next Summer Excursion

When you go on vacation, your smoking habits go along with you. Thankfully, once you’ve switched to electronic cigarettes, you can look forward to spending time with your friends and loved ones, that you might have otherwise spent standing outside smoking a traditional cigarette. You should keep in mind, though, that in order to vape on your next vacation, there are few things you need to do in order to make everything run smoothly. First, let’s cover some basic travel tips. After that, we’ll take a look at some more specific concerns you might have for various types of summer plans.

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General E-Cigarette Travel Tips

  • Bring a carrying case. Travel often means occasional exposure to the elements. Weather reports are never 100% accurate, so you should prepare for every possibility if you plan on spending significant amounts of time outdoors. A carrying case will help shield your e-cig from the effects of undesirable weather.
  • Don’t forget to pack enough cartomizers. Be aware of how long cartomizers last for you, and plan accordingly. If you don’t have a backup stash, remember to order some ahead of time so that, upon arriving back home, you haven’t run out of e-juice.
  • For road trips, take the car charger. You’ll be spending a lot of time away from outlets, and hopefully away from your computer as well. With the car charger, you’ll never be left high and dry.
  • Disposables can be a good way to enjoy a vaping experience on the go. If you’re constantly on the move, it might be hard to find an outlet to charge with, so a disposable, which is always ready, can be quite handy.

For Destinations in Nature

Headed to the ocean, lake, or other body of water? Remember that the e-cigarette should not be submerged in or exposed to fluids. This might seem like a no-brainer, but with the number of electronic devices that do function underwater these days, a reminder really doesn’t hurt. If you’re at the beach, don’t set the device down in the sand. Sand granules could cause the e-cig to malfunction, diminish the life of the cartomizer, or lead to a sandy mouth, which is always unpleasant.

If geological formations (mountains, the grand canyon) are on your itinerary, remember that dropping your e-cigarette could damage its battery and cause the cartomizer to leak. And again, keep the device in its case when not in use to avoid dirt and dust buildup. If you’re headed out for a day-long outdoor adventure, be sure to take a charged second battery with you (if you’ve got that carrying case, all of the supplies should fit safely in your pack without taking up much space). Remember that, at high elevations, the oxygen level in the air is different, and the effect of nicotine in the bloodstream on your body will be different; take precautions when vaping at high altitudes.

Amusement/Thrill Parks and Water Parks

When you find yourself caught up in a line for a ride or attraction, don’t let the crowds stress you out. Remember to take full advantage of the possibilities that vaping gives you. If roller coasters are your thing, be sure to leave your e-cigarette on the ground with friends or family, or keep it in a pocket that fastens shut somehow. If you’re at a water park, you might want to keep your vaping gear in a locker or with a member of your party who isn’t swimming. Remember that you no longer have to worry about finding that dingy corner of the park where the smokers are sequestered!

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Trips to the Big City

Headed to Vegas? NYC? Paris? Night life and smoking have always gone hand in hand. Just be sure to take proper care of your e-cigarette wherever you wind up at the end of the night. It’s very common to see casino patrons vaping at card tables or while playing the slots. High and low-stakes gambling can be nerve-racking; your e-cig is the perfect accessory.

It’s a good idea to look up the local regulations for e-cigarettes before vaping in public. In most places, you’ll enjoy the type of freedom that can’t be found with analog cigarettes, but not everywhere. France, for instance, recently implemented a ban on vaping in public. Some cities in the US have made similar moves, banning e-cigarette use at certain locations. The legal trend isn’t very common in the US, but it’s better to err on the side of caution. When abroad, don’t forget to bring an international power adapter. Sometimes these can be purchased at the last minute, but prices for them at airports and popular tourist destinations are usually exploitative.

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