Cigars are sourced from all corners of the world, but have you ever thought about what it’s like to go travelling with your favourite smokes? Whether you’re jetting off for a week’s sun, interrailing between cities for work or watching the big game at your mate’s house, you need to be prepared.

Just as you’d pack home comforts such as your favourite coffee or hand cream, there’s no reason why one of life’s great pleasures should be left behind – a good handmade cigar.

Let us take you through some of the issues and solutions that come with travelling with cigars. From taking a cutter and lighter on an aeroplane to packing them properly, this is lift-off.

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DO CIGARS TRAVEL WELL?

Cigars are delicate. A change in climate can ruin them. They react to moisture and temperature, absorbing the aromas and flavours from their surroundings. So bear that in mind before shoving them in the bottom of a shoe or burying them beneath sweaty old socks.

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Taking care of cigars when travelling means they won’t be squashed, dried out or cracked upon arrival. But how should you pack cigars to ensure total peace of mind?

HOW TO PACK WHEN TRAVELLING WITH CIGARS

Don’t chuck your cigars in the middle of a packed suitcase or let them roll around loose in an empty compartment. The rapid temperature changes experienced by cigars (most notably on planes) can cause wrappers to split. This is where an appropriate cigar accessory comes into play – something that will keep your collection safe while on the move.

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HOW DO YOU KEEP CIGARS FRESH WHILE TRAVELLING?

There are different ways to transport cigars; the most logical method will depend on destination and frequency of travel. Here are a few:

TRAVEL HUMIDORS

Good for frequent travellers who carry lots of stogies, travel cigar humidors are usually lined with cedarwood and will keep cigars fresh for a couple of weeks in an airtight, sealed environment.

It’s worth chucking a Boveda humidity pack in with your smokes. This provides two-way humidity control for cigars, maintaining the humidity and keeping them tasting their best.

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Look for travel humidors that have a well-padded tray to offer solid impact protection. They come in various sizes, including smaller options that carry five cigars – ideal for a beginner.

CIGAR CASES

A stylish way to look after your favourite smokes, cigar cases can be made from leather, metal, wood or a combination of all three. Leather cigar cases are good for day trips and short journeys; any longer than that and cigars will start smelling and tasting of leather.

Wood and leather both absorb moisture which can dry out the cigars. Therefore we’d recommend using a metal cigar case for long periods of travel.

TUBOS

Tubos (meaning “tube” in Spanish) are great for short trips. Made commonly of little aluminum, these tubes keep cigars moist and flavorful during transportation, as well as safeguarding the easily damaged wrapper. If you’re only traveling with one cigar (or more cigars each in individual tubos), these provide simple travel protection.

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CAN YOU TRAVEL WITH CIGARS WITHOUT A HUMIDOR?

Yes, but only for very short periods; anything longer than a few days would require a travel humidor. If you don’t have access to one of our other storage suggestions or any kind of traditional humidor, put them in a ziplock bag with a humidification pouch to retain moisture. To further protect them from getting crushed, place the ziplock bag inside a firm container.

We also recommend keeping the cellophane wrapper on your cigars as an extra layer against the elements.

DO’S AND DON’TS OF FLYING WITH CIGARS AND ACCESSORIES

Flying with cigars can be smooth sailing if you’re prepared; otherwise they may be confiscated before or during your flight.

DO’S

Take your cigars on the plane inside your carry-on. Conditions outside of the plane vary greatly and are not climate-controlled like those on the plane. Cargo holds can experience dramatic changes in temperature and pressure while being roughly handled by baggage staff during loading and unloading.

Try and bring just enough cigars to cover yourself while away. Overpacking consumes space and requires time, money, and additional stress to ensure that every stogie is safe and humidified once aboard. There is technically no limit to how many cigars you can bring on an airplane with you but bringing too many may raise suspicion.

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If you are traveling outside of the US find out how many cigars you are allowed to bring into the country you’re visiting.

Securely wrap or sheath sharp objects like cigar cutters in your suitcase so baggage handlers and inspectors aren’t injured when handling them.

DON’TS

Don’t attempt to take your cigar cutters or lighters on the plane in your carry-on bag, as it avoids any potential issues with airport security. This includes punch cutters and V-cutters that aren’t considered to be sharp objects.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not allow torch lighters on planes at all.

There’s always a chance your luggage will get lost so don’t travel with expensive cutters and lighters.

TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH CIGARS

Consider the types of cigars you’re bringing

If you’re going on holiday somewhere sunny, where you can sit on your balcony for hours smoking large Churchills, that’s great. For business trips where you only have time for quick smokes between meetings, pack Robustos or even cigarillos.

AVOID STORING YOUR CIGARS IN THE TRAVEL HUMIDOR FOR MONTHS

Once you return home from your travels, put any leftover cigars back into your traditional larger humidor. This is always the best way to ensure accurate humidity control and maintain optimum storage conditions for your cigars.

KEEP YOUR CIGARS OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Do not put your cigars or cigar cases in the sun. Temperature extremes do not suit cigars, and ultraviolet rays will speed up the breakdown of essential oils in your sticks. Also, always ensure that you close your cigar case, tube or travel humidor after you finish smoking it so that it is airtight when not in use.

ENJOY YOUR TRIP

Wherever you’re going, we wish you safe travels and hope that during your stay at new places you will have an opportunity to relax with one or two excellent quality cigars.

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