I'm gonna be traveling out of the country next month, for 1 week. I want to bring some smokes with me but I've never flown with cigars so I'm looking for a little input and advice from those of you with more experience in this area:
1) I don't have a travel humidor. I was thinking of just bringing a small Tupperware with 10 smokes in it - thoughts?
2) Obviously keeping the cigars with me in my carry on is what I want to do. Lighter and cutter I presume will have to go in my checked luggage....any issues putting a torch lighter in your checked bag?
3) Anything else you guys can think of in terms of advice would be appreciated. Not trying to overthink this just wanna get my cigars, cutter, and lighter down there safely
You can't take torch lighters no matter where they are packed, but you can take disposable lighters. The Soto Pocket Torch solves the problem. Turns a disposable lighter into a torch. You can pack it in your carry on, just pack it in a different part of your luggage and not assembled. Money well spent! https://www.amazon.com/SOTO-ST-PT-14SB-Soto-Pocket-Torch/dp/B0046UZR...
Ziplock bag and there is always a cheap cutter and a bic lighter in my backpack, even when not traveling. If I am only traveling for a week and my cigars are cello wrapped and zipocked, I don't even worry about humidification because I figure they just can't lose that much humidity in such a short time. If you would have asked this question 10 years ago, well then I might have been more apt to humidify, but today I just can't tell the difference of the humidity over the course of a week.
1. Tupperware or Herf A Dor......
2. Bic lighter or any lighter that is a flint/soft flame
3. Cheap Cutter
4. Copy of what is ok to put in your carry on per TSA Rules ( this has saved me those little arguments with a TSA Agent who wants to debate their own policies )
NEVER bring your expensive soft flame lighter on a trip unless you can afford to have it confiscated
Checked baggage does not guarantee that your "stuff" will make it through.....I've had lighters, cigars, cutters taken with a little note inside my checked luggage that said my contents have been taken.....even the unbanded cigars were taken and I assume were smoked by the TSA crew and used my $80 lighter.
I usually just take a xikar cutter and have never had any probs. Depending on my travel time frame, I take a herfador or a cigar vault(7 sticks), I prefer a dedicated carry case because it will protect my sticks better, I have tried the ziplock method in the past and had a few cracked sticks when they were accidently crushed. I never bring a lighter, just matches. If I can I buy a cheap disposable right away. I carry all of my cigars in my carryon and have never had any issues. I might start taking a copy of the tsa rules though. But only had a lighter confiscated when I was in a rush and forgot it was in my bag. As others have said, only take when you can afford to lose.
1) Cigar Traveler lighter system (always broken down, with the "lighter" bit in my pocket just like a cigarette smoker would do); the other bit is in my carry-on.
2) Xikar Scissor / Cutter / Leatherman-like tool AND a punch on a keychain with a couple keys. This is clipped to my belt loop while traveling.
3) 10-Stick Herfador with Boveda in my carry-on luggage (a messenger bag).
- Sometimes I open up the Xikar tool, mostly I don't. It's clearly under the 4" rule, and nothing on it is pointy and sharp - totally nonthreatening.
- Entering India, they will take all lighters -- regardless of style.
- Only once in 6 countries did I need to open up the Herfador to show the cigars inside... and that was traveling from California to Minnesota!
Good luck, and have fun!
One of the best parts of traveling is discovering new blends, or at least smoking your favorites in new and exotic locales!
When I travel out of county I take my herf a dor, sometimes I take 15 count and a five count depending. A Xikar cutter which I carry in my pocket, and put it in the tray with my coins and stuff, knock on wood it's made each time. I then put 3 or 4 Ronson jet lights in my checked bag and again I've never had them come up missing. This will be the first year out of the last 7 years I've not been out of county.
I personally have 3 different herf-a-dors...so depending on how many I am taking. I bought them early in this hobby. But you can find 5, 10, and 15 count travel humidors pretty cheaply. CI has a bunch under $20 and if you keep your eyes open...you can get a deal on an auction site (cBid) I prefer them to bags etc...as they really do protect the cigars well from crushing or any issues. For humidification...I do one of 2 things...Boveda is great if you have them...but I also like the little humi care pillow that can be recharged. As for the torch...I personally would go with matches or more than likely purchase something cheap once abroad...if or when travelling in the US...you can go to any walmart and get a Ronson Jetlight for 5 or 6 bucks...cutters...nothing different to say than what has already been said...
So my trip was a success. My wife bought me a 15-ct Cigar Caddy for our anniversary, which safely carried my 10 cigars that I brought on our trip. I also pre-cut the cigars before we went, so I didn't have to worry about the cutter issue. And happy to report that the Soto portable torch lighter tool worked great. Highly recommend buying one if you travel
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