How Much Vape Juice Can You Bring on a Plane?

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If you’re a vaper and are planning to travel by air soon, you have a bit of planning to do because you’re naturally going to want to bring your vapes with you – and if you’re going to be away for a while, you may potentially want to bring a fairly large amount of vape juice. You’re probably going to have some questions about that if you’ve never taken your vapes on a plane.

  • How much vape juice can you bring on a plane?
  • How can you pack your vape juice to ensure that you’re following all applicable rules and regulations?
  • What about your other vape gear?

To ensure that you won’t be delayed while going through the security checkpoint at the airport – and to avoid the extreme inconvenience of having your vapes confiscated – it’s important to pack your vapes correctly for the trip. The TSA rules on e-cigarettes and vaping devices are very specific and straightforward; we’ll walk you through them.

How Should You Pack Your Vape Juice for Air Travel?

When you travel by plane, you’re allowed to carry vape juice in your carry-on bag or in your checked luggage. Here’s how to pack your e-liquid for both situations.

  • Bringing Vape Juice on the Plane: If you’re bringing e-liquid in your carry-on bag, you need to place it in a sealed quart-sized zip-top bag. The same bag needs to hold all of the other liquid and gel products that you want to carry on the plane, such as your toiletry items. Only one bag per passenger is allowed, and individual containers in the bag can be no longer than 3.4 oz. That’s 100 ml in e-liquid terms. Learn more about the rules for liquid items by reading the TSA travel checklist.
  • Packing Vape Juice in Your Checked Luggage: If you’re bringing e-liquid in your checked luggage, there are no specific rules about how you need to pack it. It’s important to remember, though, that vape juice containers can leak at high altitudes in non-pressurized environments. If you’re going to pack e-liquid in your checked luggage, it’s a good idea to put the bottles in a plastic bag or at least seal the lids with tape to prevent e-liquid from seeping out. Also, you can also minimize leaking by traveling only with vape juice bottles that have never been opened and still have their break-off safety rings intact.

How Much Vape Juice Can You Bring on a Plane?

There is no specific limit regarding the amount of e-liquid you can bring on a plane. However, there are other factors that essentially function as de facto limits. We’ll discuss those next.

  • How Much Vape Juice in Your Carry-On Bag? Although there’s no limit as to how much e-liquid you can bring in your carry-on bag, your vape juice and all of the other liquid items that you want to bring on the plane need to fit in a single quart-sized bag. You’re only allowed to bring one zip-top bag for your liquid items, and there’s a good chance that you’ll want to bring a few toiletries on the plane. Naturally, given those constraints, there’s going to be a limit as to how much e-liquid can fit in the bag.
  • How Much Vape Juice in Your Checked Luggage? There’s also no limit as to how much e-liquid you can pack in your checked luggage. Once again, though, this is a situation where you’ll need to be pragmatic – especially if you’re traveling to a foreign country that limits the bottle sizes or nicotine strengths of e-liquid. The amount of vape juice that you bring into the country should be no more than what you can reasonably expect to require for your own personal use. If you stuff your suitcase with a massive amount of vape juice and not much else, customs officials are probably going to have some questions about what you’re planning to do with that e-liquid.

How to Pack Your Other Vape Gear Before Traveling

If you’re planning to travel with your vape juice, you’ll naturally want to have a way to use it. Here’s what you need to know about bringing other types of vape juice on a plane.

  • Vaping Device: In many cases, security personnel will allow you to carry a single vaping device in your pocket. The device should be turned off, and you’ll need to present it for examination. Otherwise, vaping devices should always be turned off and placed in your carry-on bag. Items with lithium-ion batteries are never allowed in checked luggage due to the fire risk at high altitudes
  • Spare Batteries: You must carry any spare batteries for your vape mod in your carry-on bag. Use a battery carrier that protects the batteries from damage and ensures that they won’t touch other metal items.
  • Replacement Coils and Empty Pods: These items have no special requirements or restrictions. You can pack them in whatever way is most convenient for you.

What to Know About Using Your Vape Juice at the Airport and On the Plane

Airlines and airports don’t just have special requirements for how you need to pack your vapes and e-liquid – they also have restrictions that apply to how you can use those items. Here’s what you need to know.

  • At an airport, you can only vape in areas that are specifically set aside for smoking. Those areas may not be easy to find – especially in the United States, where the list of smoke-free airports is very long and growing rapidly. Some foreign nations that have higher smoking rates may be a bit more vape friendly. If an airport has no designated smoking area, you’ll have to leave the terminal completely in order to vape.
  • No airline will allow you to vape during your flight. Don’t even try it because vaping on a plane can get you into big trouble. In addition, airliners have smoke detectors in their bathrooms that are capable of detecting e-cigarette vapor.

To ensure that you can manage your nicotine cravings until you reach your destination, it’s a very good idea to have some alternative nicotine products handy that you can use when you’re unable to vape.

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