Summer holidays are just around the corner. Obviously, it is the perfect time to book holidays in a different state or in a foreign country and relax for at least a week or two. But what if you want to take a smoking kit with you? Is it possible for you to bring it with you without breaking it along the way?
Luckily, the answer to that question is yes. In fact, smoking kit maintenance on the go is not as difficult as it might seem. No matter whether that kit contains glass blunt pipes or e-cigarettes, you should be able to keep it in top shape with ease. To begin with, read the rest of our article! Below, you will find a list of tips that will help you maintain a smoking kit while traveling.
Leave Prized Possessions at Home
If you own an expensive glass pipe or a vape kit that cost you a fortune, you might want to leave it at home, particularly if you have a long trip ahead of you. It might not seem like it, but the chances of it breaking in transit are pretty high.
With that in mind, you might want to purchase a sturdy yet cheap smoking pipe or vaping device that you would not mind losing. That way, if it does end up breaking, it will not be as painful as having to bear the loss of a prized possession.
Bring Tools Needed for Cleaning
Next, do not forget about the tools that you will need to keep that smoking kit nice and clean. The basics include cotton swabs and paper towels. In case you own a pipe, you will also need pipe cleaners and scrapers, a pipe tool, and a reamer.
Aside from the things listed above, you should also bring some rubbing alcohol. In order to be able to bring it on a plane in carry-on baggage, it has to be put in a 3.4 ounce bottle. What is more, the said bottle should fit comfortably in a quart-sized, clear plastic zip-top bag.
Clean Everything Thoroughly
Now, how are you supposed to put the tools listed above to use? Well, the cotton swabs will be helpful when it comes to scrubbing places that are difficult to reach, while the alcohol will make it easier for you to get rid of any germs. As for the paper towels, they can be used to line the surface that you will be working on.
Cleaning a Pipe
A pipe should be cleaned every time you are done smoking. After it cools down, use saliva and the tip of a finger to rub excess tar off the pipe’s rim.
To clean the shank and stem, run the pipe cleaner through the stem until it reaches the draught hole. Before you pull it out, push it back and forth for a bit. Last of all, clean the interior of the bowl using a dull blade or the pipe tool and dump the removed char into an ashtray.
In case the pipe needs a deeper clean, you will need to disassemble the pipe. Afterward, scrub the mortise and the interior of the shank with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. Follow up with a soft pipe cleaner to remove leftover alcohol and dirt.
After that, you might want to run an alcohol-soaked bristled pipe cleaner through the pipe’s stem. Clean the bowl as described above and then rub its interior using a folded in half pipe cleaner that has been soaked in alcohol. Keep on rubbing until the pipe cleaner is completely black.
Cleaning a Vape Tank
Start by taking the coil out. While you are at it, take the rest of the vape tank apart. Remember to keep it all organized so as not to lose any pieces and take note of what goes where. Next, place each of its parts under running water, dry them with a paper towel, and let them air dry until no water is visible.
Cleaning the coils is a bit trickier. The replaceable ones do not really need to be cleaner. If a coil head is tired, cleaning it will get you a few extra days out of it, but not much else. On the other hand, if you are using a rebuildable atomizer with rebuildable coils, remove the wicks from the coils and dry burn the coils lightly.
Having finished, remove the atomizer from your mod, place it under running water, and rub it lightly with a coil cleaning tool or a toothbrush. Rinse again and end with a dry burn to remove any leftover water.
Keep the Smoking Kit Secure
The safest way to transport a smoking kit is to keep it on you. You can put it in a pocket or in a backpack. Alternatively, you can pack it all up. While it is relatively easy to do with smoking pipes, it is a bit harder with vaping devices.
Begin by emptying the vape tank and placing all the vape supplies that you plan on taking with you in a protective vape case. If you cannot afford such a case, put everything in plastic bags. For added protection, wrap the mod, the tank, and other accessories in bubble wrap.
To prevent e-liquids from breaking or spilling, seal each bottle with tape, wrap it in bubble wrap, and put it in a plastic freezer bag. In the end, you can seal the bag with tape just in case the e-liquids do end up spilling.
To sum up, maintaining a smoking kit can be a pain in the neck, but it is a must if you want it to serve you for a long time. To begin with, you might want to leave any prized possessions at home.
Aside from that, you will need to purchase some cleaning supplies, as well as keep each component of the smoking kit nice and clean. Last but not least, you will need to keep the smoking kit secure. You can put it in a pocket, in a protective case, or in a suitcase, provided that you have secured all of its components using plastic bags, bubble wrap, and tape.
All in all, by doing all the things listed in our article, you will be able to maintain a smoking kit in top shape for a long time, even when traveling.