What to pack for a cannabis fueled vacation

Published Sep 11, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you’re headed out to the perfect local ‘bud n breakfast’ for your cannabis vacation, or you’re getting ready to hop on a plane to a far distant place you’ve never been, these are the things you’ll want to pack. They might not all be necessary, but they sure are useful to have when you’re such a long way from home.

1. Clean rigs

A lot of people head out on their dream cannabis vacation empty-handed out of fear of what could happen while crossing borders with paraphernalia like bongs, as these tools are generally quite dirty and obvious. However, as long as you clean them up really well before packing them away, you shouldn’t have any problem bringing your favourite apparatus for the trip.

2. Steel water bottle

You may want to test out some local coffee beans or visit a fancy tea shop on this incredible vacation, but no matter what you find, you’ll always end up thirsty and yearning for water, something that can be hard to find and costly when you’re in a strange city and away from your hotel. Luckily, this is an easy problem to solve, as long as you pack a reusable steel water bottle, so don’t forget yours at home!

3. Bong cleaner

Leaving home with clean rigs is an excellent way to kick of a cannabis vacation, but during your stay, you’re going to want to use them all, and you’re likely hoping they’ll also make the trip home, which will be impossible if they aren’t cleaned first. That’s why we highly recommend bringing enough cleaner and q-tips to redo all of your devices before heading home, and that should keep them safe and un-confiscated.

4. Lighters

Lighters are typically available in just about any variety store, but if you’re travelling to some far-off place, then there is no guarantee you’ll find the high-quality Bic’s you’ve grown accustomed to, and there are no better options out there for smoking weed. Instead of hoping for the best, pack for the worst-case scenario, and be sure to bring a handful of fully loaded lighters with you.

5. A map

You’re going to a brand-new place, so it’s a really good idea to pack a map. Of course, this will help you to keep your bearings on the way to your destination, but it’ll also come in handy for research prior to leaving. Take the time to mark down a cute little ‘bud and breakfast’, museum, or anything else you want to get to see during your stay, and your map will make a fine reference point for your adventure.

6. Munchies

On a cannabis vacation, you might plan to check out some of the biggest and best restaurants. After all, it’s a wonderful thing to taste the local cuisine so far from home. It’s a great thing to experience, and you just never know what you’ve been missing until you try it, but unless you want to pay tourist prices for every single snack, it’s probably a good idea to pack some munchies, because as we know the unmanageable appetite is bound to kick in eventually, and you don’t want to be caught empty-handed.

7. Cash

Even if you’re in a place that allows cannabis purchase and consumption, it’s a good idea to carry a small amount of cash on hand because vendors who offer the best deals might not be equipped to handle your out-of-area debit or visa card. Cash is also easier to negotiate with, so don’t forget to bring some, because you just never know when you’ll be glad that you did.

8. Grinder

When you’re on vacation, you’re probably not going to want to waste any time looking for a pair of scissors to buy or borrow, and since you’re planning on smoking a whole lot of green, it’s a really great idea to come prepared for anything. Like your rigs, a cannabis grinder should be completely cleaned and sanitized before packing it away, but you’ll be so glad you did.

9. Storage containers

Though you might get lucky buying pot products from places that utilize excellent quality packaging, chances are pretty good that all or at least most of your purchases are going to come in fragile containers that aren’t going to hold up to all of the bumping and bouncing it’s likely to experience in transit. Hence, you’ll want to bring your own storage jars or silicone containers for the journey.

10. Stash box

You might not want to cart around your fancy humidor from home because you’ll only be stashing a small amount of marijuana bud or concentrates during your vacation. Still, if you want to keep everything together, organized, and easily accessible for when you need it the most, and so it’s easy to grab when you’re on the go, then you’re not going to want to forget to bring this handy tool.

Why you shouldn’t bring weed (unless it’s local)

You might have noticed that we didn’t once mention actual marijuana bud or concentrate on this list, and that’s because travel, by air, in particular, can be challenging with a bag in tow. Each region boasts its own cannabis laws, and even if you’re flying from one cannabis-friendly place to another, there’s always a chance an emergency stop could be needed which could land you in hot water if the break is in a country that isn’t quite so progressive. Many cannabis enthusiasts get away with it, still, if you don’t want to take the risk of losing your stash, then it’s best to leave it at home.

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