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Cigars and Cigar Travel Cases

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Gary Korb - The Cigar AdvisorYour cigars are some of your most prized possessions. So if you plan on traveling with them, make sure you have a good cigar travel case. Cigar travel cases basically need to do two things: 1) protect your cigars, and 2) keep them fresh. I know I always want to have a few premium cigars with me when I travel, so if you feel the same this will make sure you’re prepared to herf wherever the road takes you.

The most commonly used travel case is the telescoping pocket “finger” case. Usually made of fine leather, finger cigar cases have slots, or “fingers,” for holding your cigars and are ideal for short trips. Finger cases are designed to expand, or “telescope,” to adjust to your cigars’ length, and they can hold anywhere from 2 to 10 cigars. When buying a leather finger case, make sure it is wide enough to hold cigars in the ring gauge that you smoke most often.

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Cigar travel cigars keep your cigars fresh on the go.

For longer trips, a humidor travel case is preferred. They also come in a wide array of sizes and styles, from pocket-sized to briefcase models, and include a humidifier to ensure your cigars stay fresh during your trip. Depending on the type of travel case you choose, your cigars may rest on a foam bed, or the case may have a Spanish cedar lining. Some excellent examples of humidor travel cases are the Csonka Valet travel humidor, which holds up to 14 cigars and includes a hygrometer, or for the ultimate in protection, the X-treme cigar travel cases are both air and water tight.

Cigar travel cases also make great gifts for your cigar-loving buddies. However, if you plan on buying one for yourself, make sure you get a case that’s best suited for your cigars and your personal travel needs.

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Michael
11 years ago

When I travel on short trips, like weekend drives to Phoenix or Denver to go see a hockey game, I use a foam-lined Xikar travel case. It holds 5 cigars (though they make large ones), and has a small credo that’s good for a couple of days. For my occasional trips overseas, I use a use a cedar-lined hard shell travel humidor that will hold 7-10 cigars (depending on ring gauge) and put a water pillow in there that I can recharge if necessary. Of course when I travel to Europe I can always pick up a couple of Cubans to enjoy while there, but even Dominican and Honduran cigars are highly expensive in Europe. I think the travel humidor and some domestically-sourced cigars are the best plan for overseas travel, and if you don’t travel often, don’t forget to re-season your travel humidor a couple of days before you leave.

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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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