If you’re a new fan of cigars or simply looking for tips for travelling with your cigars, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the sheer abundance of shoddy accessories out there so we’d like to help you take some of the guess-work out of finding a great cigar holder. There are plenty of options out there- we’ve even featured our favorite travel humidor in the past, but even though we hate to admit it, it’s not always practical to be lugging around dozens of cigars. Today we’ll break down the general styles of travel cases for carrying a couple of cigars with you as well as touch on some of the pertinent information that you should know before selecting the piece that’s right for you.
Picking a Cigar Holder to suit your style
Traditional Tubes and Cases
Tubes are a fairly straightforward and obvious solution for carrying one or two cigars with you but that doesn’t mean they are always the perfect solution. The most common tubes you’ll find are metal, wood, or leather. Wooden tubes and cases are best left in a humidor to protect and segregate your finest and most delicate cigars. They make a poor vessel for transportation as the wood drys out fairly quickly and in turn sucks the moisture out of you cigar. Leather tubes and cases, while avoiding the drying problems, have a tendency to dominate the flavor profile and can completely ruin your experience. If you have to choose out of the three, metal is generally the best option, and there are some quality designs on the market that are fairly stylish. Just be sure not to force a cigar into one of these as they can become quite difficult to liberate, leading to frustration when it’s time to partake.
Modern Tubes and Cases
In recent years, we’ve seen the introduction of carbon fiber tubes and cases that give the old guard a run for their money. Their profile is significantly more discreet, and they offer the same quality protection as their finest metal counterparts. Aesthetically, some may find the manufactured designs more appealing but utility is king when it comes to safekeeping our most prized treats. The light-weight and compact designs seem to be less rigid and noticeable than metal tubes when carried in a jacket or shirt pocket. As an added bonus, the material is generally cooler to the touch and doesn’t get as hot as a metal tube will when carried close to the body.