The 10 Best Travel Humidors
This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in December of 2016. True cigar aficionados know how difficult it is to predict when that perfect stogie-smoking occasion is going to strike. With one of these portable travel humidors, you won’t have to, since you’ll always be prepared with a few cigars ready to burn at a moment’s notice. They’ll also keep your smokes securely stored and protect them from dust, accidental damage, dry air and excess moisture. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
December 09, 2020:
We downgraded the Cigar Caddy 3240 a bit, noting that its latches can be unreliable, and that some users complain about an odd odor when they first begin using it. While there’s no reason to doubt the quality or performance of the Galiner Case, we did update the listing to indicate that it’s made with artificial leather, not real leather. We also pointed out that the Lagute Groucho is unable to hold Churchills, which are too long at seven inches in length.
Considering that the CL Carbonlife Holder is not as wide as advertised — plus reports that it lacks sturdiness and durability — we decided to remove it from the list. In its place we added the Wall Street Smoker Grand, a high-end option that’s full of features: designated compartments for cutters and lighters, a bonus cigar rest, an extra pouch on the outer surface for miscellaneous storage, and a rustic leather design. It’s available in sharp black or a deep mocha color.
Many of these travel humidors are either built primarily for durability — like the Mrs. Brog Black, F.E.S.S. Armour, and Cigar Caddy 3240 — or for style and organization — such as the Galiner Case, Lagute Groucho, and Prestige Import Novelist. We’ve done our best to include options for all types of smokers.
October 22, 2019:
Reports suggest that the capacity of the Guardsman Travel is nowhere near what it advertises, and it’s difficult to regulate the humidity level as well. We removed this item from the list.
Since we eliminated a rugged outdoor option, we replaced it with a similar humidor: the Mrs. Brog Black. We noted that this model is quite effective at keeping cigars fresh, as long as the user remembers to make sure the interior disk is moist every three or four days. This case is best used with small cigars, as some larger ones won’t fit.
As we reviewed the Amancy Portable, the high level of user satisfaction jumped out at us. It will only accommodate a few cigars, but its hygrometer is very accurate, and its leather design gives it an elegant appearance. We moved this model up in the rankings.
Ammodor Tactical Utilitarian is probably the most apt way to describe this American-made model from Ammodor, which is at its best during an ambitious outdoor adventure. It’s designed to float, with a triple-latch closure that delivers a rock-solid seal. If you somehow lose your way during a smoke in the woods, it’s built-in compass will help you navigate back to base. ammodors.com
Davidoff Humidor This lightweight model exudes the luxury you’d expect from one of the most respected names in the cigar world. Its magnetic seal locks in moisture at the ideal humidity level for extended periods of time, and its stylish design makes it a nice choice for a cigar-loving business professional. davidoffgeneva.com
Warfighter Tobacco Complete with a humidification pack, a water-resistant zipper, and extra storage space for small accessories, this humidor is tailor-made for frequent travelers. You can choose from a couple different types of lighters, and it even comes with four cigars in a style of your choice: Robusto or Toro. warfightertobacco.com
Your Cigars Want To Travel Comfortably, Too
Like a fine wine, cigars are organic and sensitive to their environment.
Like a fine wine, cigars are organic and sensitive to their environment. When they are in their infancy, that environment must be carefully regulated so that it remains at a precise temperature and moisture level to ensure proper development.
When they’re mature, they require a similar environment. That is, if you want your stogies to smoke and taste like they’re supposed to.
It’s not easy to mimic the conditions of a tropical island, on which farmers in Cuba, Nicaragua, and other countries with similar climates grow, ferment, and roll cigars. When you’re traveling, it’s even more difficult to maintain these conditions.
Even when you’re on the road or jetting from airport to airport, your stogies require care and attention. A dry, cracked, stale cigar is of no use to anybody — and if you’re careless, your cigars can end up in that dilapidated state in less than a day.
When cigars leave the factory, the moisture content of each stick falls somewhere between 12 and 15 percent. When you smoke one, the tobacco leaves release sugars and oils that bind to the smoke, which add to its aroma and flavor. At the aforementioned moisture level, it burns smoothly and evenly.
When you draw on a cigar at a moisture level outside of that range, it won’t be a rich, flavorful experience — it will be stale, bland, and unfulfilling. The essential oils will have disappeared, and with them the natural flavor. Dry cigars burn quickly and emit an acrid odor. And once their richness is gone, you can never fully restore it.
Depending on the style of travel humidor you acquire, it should be able to keep your stogies in their sweet spot for anywhere from a weekend to several weeks. A humidor can look flashy or offer a large capacity, but the true measure of its quality is the condition of the sticks inside.
To determine if your cigar has been victimized by excess or insufficient moisture, roll it between your fingers. If it’s brittle and begins to crack, you’ll know it’s too dry. Over-moisturized cigars will feel spongy and soft, which is a bad sign, as well. It should feel resilient and firm, with no ripples or flaking.
As long as the storage conditions are ideal, your cigars won’t go bad as they age. In fact, most will become richer, smoother, and more valuable as time passes.
Seeing Through The Smoke
Some portable humidors look extravagant, and others come in packages riddled with clever-sounding marketing jargon, but the right one for you will be the one that suits your travel and smoking style.
If you’re just planning to bring a couple of sticks to the golf course now and then, that’s one thing — if you’re trying to equip yourself for an extended hiking expedition in the mountains, that’s a whole different ballgame.
Leather and wooden humidors may look rustic and dignified, but they probably won’t offer the same level of protection as a molded plastic one.
For anything from a day to a long weekend, a sturdy metal or carbon fiber case should get the job done. It won’t necessarily provide humidification, but as long as it seals well, your stogies shouldn’t dry out in that amount of time. Some feature clips for attaching to a bag or a belt, which is nice for golfers or tourists who plan to spend a considerable amount of time on foot.
For larger quantities of cigars, you’ll need a more substantial model that will likely resemble a mini-suitcase. Leather and wooden humidors may look rustic and dignified, but they probably won’t offer the same level of protection as a molded plastic one. You’ll also want to assess the interior — models with strong foam cradles will keep cigars secure and help prevent damage during transit.
Many options come with built-in hygrometers, which enable you to continually monitor the humidity level inside to make adjustments if needed. Some high capacity-models may even include a pressure relief valve, which you can trigger after disembarking from an airplane to make it easier to open the container, as the seal may have become tighter while you were in the air.
Lots of cigar fans prefer travel humidors with locks, and the reason is twofold: they prevent the case from inadvertently popping open and spilling the contents, and they deter theft.
The Best Places To Light Up
Before these travel humidors existed, stogie aficionados had to come up with inventive (if usually rather ineffective) methods for keeping their cigars moisture-rich and intact as they moved from place to place. Today’s cigar lovers, however, enjoy greater freedom than ever before, allowing them to get in a celebratory smoke just about anywhere they please with one of these handy accessories.
We’ve mentioned the golf course, which is an atmosphere tailor-made for puffing on a stogie.
To someone unfamiliar with the hobby, the thought of cigar smoking may conjure up an image of Tony Soprano and a group of mobster types puffing away in a dimly lit bar as they sit around a poker table, which, while an entertaining notion, isn’t exactly rooted in reality. Most cigar enthusiasts use their passion to enhance activities that they already enjoy.
We’ve mentioned the golf course, which is an atmosphere tailor-made for puffing on a stogie. There's a reason, when you see a photo of Michael Jordan out on the links, you almost always see a cigar dangling from his mouth or lodged between his fingers.
Something about boating lends itself to lighting up, as well. Whether you’re the privileged sort who regularly spends time aboard yachts or an angler who prefers relaxing in an 18-foot fishing boat with your family and friends, it simply tastes sweet and feels natural when you’re out on the water. As an added benefit, you can always ash right off the side of your vessel, too.
Of course, most establishments outlaw smoking, but if you have access to a genuine cigar lounge, it’s tough to find a better ambiance for indulging in a couple of smokes. Posted up on old leather armchairs with a good friend or two, you will have discovered the cigar smoker’s natural habitat.