Frequently Asked Questions for Humidors

Q23: I'm traveling out of the country for business and I want to bring along a few smokes to enjoy. Unfortunately, I don't have a travel humidor. What should I do?

A: Invest in one.

No matter if you're traveling for business or pleasure, the best way to transport your smokes is in a travel humidor. Not only does a travel humidor protect your smokes from baggage claim mishaps and careless porters, but they also contain humidification devices so your smokes are kept in ideal smoking condition.

And, fortunately for cigar smokers on the go, today's market offers a wide variety of reasonably priced travelers to choose from. There are also many styles to choose from in terms of size, durability and practicality -- all factors you should keep in mind when getting ready to purchase.

Of course, if you're in a bind and don't have a traveler handy, you can use a regular carrying case. However, your smokes may dry up before you have a chance to smoke them. The best alternative for traveling without a humidor is to pack your cigars in a Ziploc bag. Then, place the bag and a damp paper towel in a small tupperware container. This will not only protect your cigars, but will also help them stay moist.

This is a reprint of the article in the "Tip of the Week" section of the website of Cigar Aficionado ( ) in the week of July 24, 2000.

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