The Smoker’s Guide to Travel: Road TripsErinn Holman
Are you itching to head out on the open road, but unsure if you can bring your legal smoking herbs along for the ride? Roll one up and hunker down for an info sesh. Rolling Paper Depot’s got the goods on traveling with your favorite legal smoking herbs. In some places and situations, like on public transportation or in any public space, it’s always illegal to smoke herbs in any form. Likewise, regardless of whether smoking herbs are legal in your state, you can’t possess or use them on a school bus, on school grounds, in a correctional facility, or on federal lands or national parks. It is also illegal to bring some types of legal smoking herbs across state lines, so if you’re planning on taking legal smoking herbs on a cross-country road trip, beware, whenever you enter a new state.
Driving can be stressful enough, so you’ll definitely want to smoke after a long day of travel. Don’t let stress ruin your road trip or kill your buzz. Whether you’re going across town or across the country with your rolling kit, it’s important to know the local laws for possessing and using smoking herbs in your own vehicle, at rest stops, and via public transportation. We’ve gathered travel tips so you’ll know how to safely travel with your favorite legal smoking herbs.
Note: As always, you should consult your own legal counsel for the most up-to-date information. Local laws are subject to change, and there are far too many US localities for us to mention in this article.
Keep Your Smoking Stash Close to Home
Laws for possessing, transporting, and using legal smoking herbs differ from state to state—and they can even differ from county to county within your state. In some states, you can travel close to home without worry, but privileges regarding legal smoking herbs are potentially restricted outside county lines. Before you hit the open road, check on your state’s law for specifics. Regardless, it’s safest to remain in your own county while driving with smoking accessories and smoking herbs.
If you’ll be taking a road trip within your state, check with friends who have already made the trek and ask about their experience. Listen for tales of “speed traps” going through certain areas, or if law enforcement seemed heavy in some parts of town. Also make sure that you ask your friends who have been pulled over, how their experience with local police officers was. If you live in a progressive state, you might not have any issues with driving with your smoking herbs, however, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Store Your Smoking Kit Properly
Treat legal smoking herbs like you would alcohol. Don’t keep open containers in your vehicle. Keep any legal smoking herbs, tobacco, and related accessories locked in your trunk or another locked space—preferably unopened and in its original packaging, or in a smell proof container. While some smokers choose to store their stash in their glove compartment, that’s a bad idea because if you get pulled over, when you go to reach for your registration and insurance information, your smokes will be in plain view.
Keep the Smoke Smell Down
You don’t want any smells to linger, which can cause an issue if the wrong person is passing by. Even if you roll down your windows and let the fresh breeze cleanse your car as you let your hair blow in the wind, there’s a good chance that the loud smell of your favorite smokeables will hang around for the long haul. That’s why it’s a good idea to never smoke in your car, even if parked. If you do find yourself needing a quick spray of something to help the smell dissipate, a handy tool to keep in your car is Ozium air sanitizing spray, which has many scents for you to choose from and eliminates all smoking odors.
The Best Travel Gear for Roll-Your-Own Smokers on the Road
The Smoke Buddy Jr. is your own personal air filter system! Simply remove caps, blow smoke through and enjoy your smokes without making everyone around you enjoy them too. Perfect for travel, the office, your home, anywhere that you don’t want your smoke to be.
This cupholder-sized Butt Bucket is a great ashtray that is perfect for smokers who often find themselves on the road. This nifty road trip friendly ashtray holds several cigarettes at once and can put out a cigarette in seconds. Plus the uniquely designed lid ensures that smoke and the accompanying smell stay inside the Butt Bucket, and out of the air. Pick up one of these bad boys before your next adventure out on the open road.
The Presto Pipe is your new, take-it-with-you-everywhere, best friend! With this handy little device, you never have to worry about being without a pipe again! Just grab up an empty bottle or can, then take the screw end of the metal bowl and tighten into the bottle until sung! Then….well, you know what to do! Just suck through the mouthpiece of the bottle and presto, pipe! Camping, festivals, traveling, there are so many places the presto pipe can go. It also makes a killer gift, so grab up one or two today!
The Car Cigarette Lighter Safe will keep your precious stash safe and hidden. Looking like a normal cigarette lighter at first glance, this sneaky little safe twists into two pieces, allowing you to use the hollow end for your stash while the cap makes it look like an actual lighter for your car. (Not a working lighter)
The RAW X Rolling Papers Trappkit Case is the storage container and organizer every RYO enthusiast needs in their lives. Each smell proof case has six layers of smell protection built in as well as lined zippers to make sure you keep your collection as discreet as possible. The main compartment features a unique weave of cords and elastics to keep your rolling supplies in place while you travel. The middle divider is completely removable and reveals even more mesh pockets and hidden stashes underneath. It also features an extra storage compartment with a hard lid for added protection of fragile glass or papers. The second outside pocket has a foil lining which naturally blocks light, heat, and bacteria, making it an ideal storage compartment for your legal herb blends or tobacco. These branded RAW X Roling Papers Trappkit Cases are going to go fast so grab yours up today.
Legal smoking herbs sound just like that – LEGAL smoking herbs. But ‘legal’ is defined differently on each part of the map. Now you have the means to make confident, informed decisions when traveling with them. If you simply remain sober, take our tips to heart, and obey all traffic laws, you won’t give law enforcement any reason to bother you. Contact us anytime if you have a product question or have a question that we didn’t answer here. Step one to staying safe is simply being informed – so stay tuned to our blog, Instagram, and website, to stay up to speed.
We love hearing from you! In the comments below, tell us about your road trip tips and tricks for smokers or your favorite products to pack with you when you hit the open road!