Cigars 101

Choosing the right cigar travel case

Let’s start with pocket cigar cases. Telescoping “finger” cases are good for long cigars, but fingered cases can cause problems if you’re toting cigars with different ring gauges. Most telescoping fingered cases are designed to hold a wide range of ring sizes, but are better suited for cigars of similar ring gauge since they tend not to be very flexible. When selecting a fingered case, be sure to choose the size best suited for the cigar size you smoke.

Fortunately, there are also many pocket cigar cases that come without fingers. But because there are no “fingers” (slots) to hold the cigars separately, unless, the fit is snug, or the case is completely filled, the cigars may slide around a little.

Be sure the case slides open easily and that the inside is smooth, especially if you’re looking at leather cases, which can also add a leathery taste to your smokes. Another drawback to leather cases is, unless the cigars are kept in their cellos, the leather may suck some of the moisture out of your cigars if left in the case too long. However, there are some pocket cases that include small humidifiers to ensure your cigars will stay fresh.

An alternative to the leather case would be a wooden or metal tube style case. Moreover, the latter type can often keep your cigars fresh for up to three days. The trade-off is these types of cases can be heavier, which doesn’t make them practical as true pocket cases.

Travel cigar humidor cases come in a variety of sizes, materials and price ranges, too. The better cases come with a humidification device and are lined with cedar and foam insulation to maintain a “home humidor” environment and protect the cigars from damage. These are great for extended trips. Some manufacturers also sell accessory kits for customizing your travel humidor. Note that some cases come with pre-formed slots to hold your cigars firmly in-place, Cases without slots may cause your cigars to roll around if they get jostled.

So, before you decide which case is right for your particular travel needs, kick the tires; inspect the case for size, quality of materials, and functionality. The rule of “caveat emptor” greatly applies here. You’ve invested good money in your cigars. Protect them properly and they’ll love you back.

Finally, don’t forget to put any un-smoked cigars back in your humidor when you return home from your trip.   (_[ca]__{{{

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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