As the possibility to travel is returning to our lives, you may be considering visiting family or friends you have not seen in a while, taking a business trip, or simply going on a vacation. So, what do you do with your kratom? Should you leave it behind, or is traveling with kratom possible?
Let’s see what you should (and shouldn’t) be doing.
Is Traveling with Kratom Legal?
As it’s often the case with kratom, the answer is yes and no. You can travel with kratom if it is legal where you travel from as well as in your destination. However, if the herb is illegal in either one of the locations, you shouldn’t be traveling with kratom.
Why Travel with Kratom?
1. Keep Your Kratom Routine
If you are enjoying the speciosa benefits, traveling with kratom can help you keep your routine. This can help you maintain your quality of life. It will also prevent you from experiencing additional stress if you are unable to benefit from the herb.
2. Avoid Low-Quality Products
If you have vetted and found your favorite kratom vendor, why go through the hassle of looking for another in your destination? First of all, legalities and practices may differ. For example, if there are no kratom regulations, the quality of products may be questionable. You also risk buying a product that may contain contaminants, adulterants, and other pathogens.
Product quality and potency may differ from what you may already be used to. And you also won’t need to scramble and shop for supplies immediately after arrival.
The Do’s of Traveling with Kratom
1. Research the Legalities
In the United States, kratom is banned in a few states as well as various cities and counties. Internationally, there are also countries where it is illegal. There are also plenty of areas that aren’t familiar with kratom and have no rules and regulations in regards to it.
So, the first thing you should do before traveling with kratom is checking its legal status. It must be legal where you travel from so that you can pass any security checks. It also must be legal in your destination. Else, you may be subject to criminal charges.
If kratom is legal in your destination but there is pending legislation to outlaw it, make sure to keep an eye on any updates of the bill. Laws can change last-minute, leaving you unprepared.
If kratom is legal in your location of origin and your destination but you happen to travel through a place where kratom is illegal, things can get tricky. If you travel domestically by, for instance, a car and cross a state where kratom is illegal, it’s best to leave it at home. You risk getting stopped for an inspection, and kratom could possibly cause you legal issues.
If, however, you travel by plane and have a layover in a country where kratom is illegal, there is a certain degree of uncertainty. In many cases, transit luggage does not get scanned.
Nonetheless, some locations may require you to check in your luggage once more in the middle of your trip. In such an instance, it gets scanned again and kratom can be detected. Usually, upon checking in, airport staff should inform you if you need to check in again. However, if you are unsure or in doubt, it’s a good idea not to travel with kratom.
2. Carry Kratom in Its Original Packaging
Traveling with kratom packed in its original packaging makes it easier for security agents to identify what it is as well as review the contents by reading the label.
If you buy kratom from states that already have the Kratom Consumer Protection Act in place, the legislation ensures that the ingredient list is stated on the packaging. This makes it extremely easy to identify the content and verify whether it is legal.
3. Be on Time
In comparison with other herbs, kratom is relatively new and many may not be familiar with it or the alkaloids it contains.
So, if you are traveling with kratom by plane or other means of transport that will scan your luggage, make sure to arrive on time. This way, you will have enough time in case you get stopped and security agents want to perform an inspection of the package you are carrying.
In places that are less familiar with kratom, security agents may want to verify that what you are carrying is not illegal. This may involve swab tests or drug sniffer dogs. If you have verified that kratom is legal in that location, there’s nothing for you to worry about.
4. Be Prepared to Answer Questions
Security agents may question you about the kratom that you are traveling with, especially if they aren’t familiar with the herb. Be ready to answer some basic questions, such as:
- What does the package contain?
- What is kratom?
- Why do you carry it?
- Is kratom legal?
- How and why do you use it?
Make sure to remain calm and respectful, and answer with simple and succinct sentences. If kratom is legal, you won’t have any issues. But, you may raise suspicion if you behave as if you are doing something illegal.
If you are unsure of how to handle such interactions, review the American Kratom Association’s advocacy kit. While talking to security agents and advocating for kratom in your local community isn’t identical, similar principles apply. You want to achieve a positive outcome of the situation without compromising yourself or the reputation of kratom.
5. Pack Kratom in Your Carry-on Luggage
If you are traveling by plane and taking kratom with you, it’s best to pack it into your carry-ons. Both, your carry-ons and your check-in luggage will get scanned. So, if kratom is illegal either where you travel from or where you travel to, it will be detected regardless of where you place it.
Packing kratom in your carry-ons will not compromise its quality. The temperature in the cabin remains warm whereas the temperature in the cargo section of the plane drops. It’s typically maintained above freezing temperature. Yet, exposing kratom to such temperature changes could result in condensation developing within the packages. This moisture can deteriorate the quality of the product.
6. Be Flexible and Have a Plan B
Even if you are certain that you won’t face any issues, keep an open mind. Moreover, have a backup plan in case your kratom gets confiscated. While it may never happen, having a plan B will help you remain calm and prepared in case anything does happen.
The Don’ts of Traveling with Kratom
1. Don’t Hide Your Kratom
If your trip involves a location where kratom is illegal, don’t try to sneak it through by concealing it. Security agents are skilled and have tools that help them detect illegal substances. You not only risk facing criminal charges but also damage the overall reputation of kratom.
2. Don’t Take More than You Need
Estimate how much kratom you are going to need while you will be traveling and do not pack more than that. Excess kratom will not only add additional weight but will also be exposed to temperature changes and other factors that may affect its quality and shorten its shelf life.
3. Don’t Object to the Security Agents’ Decisions
Even if kratom may not be illegal, security agents may have trouble identifying it or require additional testing. So, they may confiscate it and let you continue your travels without kratom. This is rather unlikely, but may still occur.
If it does, do not start an argument or object to their decision. It can only make matters worse. Instead, remain polite and respectful and resort to your plan B.
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