Traveling Safely With Kratom: Dos and Don’ts

Whether you’re planning to drive across the country to visit a friend or hopping on a plane to visit family after months of not meeting, you might be wondering about the best way to bring your kratom with you. Is it even legal to travel with kratom?

Many people get nervous about traveling with a botanical like kratom because it can be confusing to know what is and what is not allowed to be brought along for air travel in particular. Due to the constant changes in kratom’s legal status, it can be extra confusing.

Today, we’ll cover some major dos and don’ts to follow when you’re on the road with kratom to help you travel with ease.

Why Could Traveling With Kratom Be Problematic?

If kratom is legal in most parts of the US, why could traveling with it be problematic?

The primary reason that you might meet resistance or questioning when you travel with a product like kratom is that many people don’t know what it is. When they see an unknown natural substance, they may assume that it is illegal or questionable rather than assuming it is safe to use.

This has been the case with kratom in the past, and that is why some people are wary of traveling with it. Still, these assumptions are not based on truth or law, so you don’t need to be overly worried about them.

Another reason that traveling with kratom can be stressful is that kratom laws are confusing and inconsistent. While some states have official regulation of the product in place, others are very unclear about their stance on kratom. This makes questions of legality hard to answer.

Finally, there aren’t federal regulations about kratom specifically. Additionally, there isn’t consistent regulation between state laws. This can make it confusing or hard to know if it is legal to carry kratom between states. In most cases, however, the lack of legislation means that it is likely legal to do so.


Do Research Where You Are Traveling

Are you heading to a different state or a different country? Is kratom legal where you are going? If there are any restrictions, are there any that will apply to you while you are visiting?

You must check the laws and regulations before you go somewhere new and bring kratom with you. This is best done within a few weeks of when you are traveling as laws are always changing, and you want to be up-to-date on the news.

To find this information, visit the American Kratom Association website and search for the specific site or simply search for kratom news in that state. You should be able to find the latest news very easily.

Do Put It In The Top Of Your Carry-On

You have nothing to hide when you are packing kratom, so simply put it at the very top of your carry-on bag. If anyone has any questions about what it is, it can then be easily removed without the bag inspection becoming a bigger ordeal than it needs to be.

Be Prepared For Questions

There’s always a chance that the security agent might take your bag for further inspection. If they do, you may also be asked to answer some questions about what the substance is. Be prepared to answer some basic questions:

  • What is kratom?
  • Why do you have it?
  • What do you use it for?
  • Is it a prescription medication?
  • Are you aware of its legality?

These questions may be asked of you, so you want to be confident in what you are going to say about kratom when asked. Some of the questions might seem like that don’t fit the situation, but you will want to answer as simply and clearly as possible.

Give Yourself Extra Time

No one likes to be stressed while traveling. If you’re worried about traveling with kratom in your baggage, you’re likely to be even more on edge. To relieve that stress and be assured that you can make your flight with time to spare, give yourself some extra time.

While you are unlikely to need it simply because of traveling with kratom, having the extra time is always a good reassurance.


Don’t Try To Hide It

You have nothing to hide, and trying to hide kratom is only going to create misunderstandings. If you treat kratom like something that is not OK to carry with you, then the security agents will be suspicious about what you are carrying. Pack your kratom just as you would pack anything else, and move along.

Don’t Lie About Kratom

If you get asked questions about what kratom is and what you use it for, do not lie. Do not give answers that you think will appease the agents. Do not twist the truth about kratom simply because you are worried.

It might be tempting to gloss over what kratom is, but that won’t do you any favors in the long run. Carrying kratom with you isn’t illegal, so you don’t need to feel any pressure to lie about it. Be honest with what you know about kratom, and see what the agents have to say.

Don’t Bring It To Banned Areas

There are some states where kratom is not permitted. Only a few states have banned kratom as of writing this article. Be aware of the laws in the states you are traveling to, and do not try to bring kratom into them.

Even if you could manage to get kratom into the state in question without any problems, you would still be putting yourself at risk by doing so. Additionally, using kratom in a state where it is not allowed is only going to add to the negative reputation that kratom has, so it is best to avoid that situation altogether.

Travel Smart, Travel Safe, Travel Prepared

Get properly prepared to travel with kratom, but don’t overthink it. As long as you are sure that the place you are traveling permits kratom, you don’t have to worry much about the best way to travel with this substance in your bag.

Simply pack your bags, get ready, and get going!

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