How to store cigars at home without a humidor

How to store cigars at home without a humidor

You just bought a few great tasting cigars and need to store them for a while. If you don’t have a wood humidor, but you need to keep them stored for a few days (weeks or months) because you can’t smoke them all in sitting, we have a few ideas.

It can be hard to keep cigars at the proper temperature and humidity. Similar to storing wine, cigars need proper regulation. If they are cracked and dry, they are toast and need to be tossed — there’s no reviving those.

Ideally, they need a temperature between 60-72 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity between 60-70 percent.  

Once a humidor is seasoned (takes about 3-5 days), they regulate the humidity (not temperature) so the cigars don’t dry out. The box still needs to stay in a cool, dark place in a room between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

If you do not, however, have a humidor available, there are a few things you can do to keep your cigars fresh and ready to smoke. Here are a few easy home options to consider:


Storing a cigar for a few days

Without a humidor or storage container, you can really only keep a cigar fresh for about five days.

Put a damp sponge in a Tupperware box. Put a few cigars into the box and keep in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Put a hydrometer and thermometer in the box to make sure the humidity and temperature don’t get too high. You don’t, however, have to do this. It’s just for added protection.

Storing a cigar for a few weeks

cigar travel humidor tube

If you have one cigar, then buy a travel humidor tube. It will keep the cigar fresh for 15 days.

A great option if traveling and want to bring one with you or just want to keep one fresh for two weeks.

Storing for weeks or months

If you’re planning to store for a few months, you have two options:

1. Use a Tupperware container and a Boveda pack

This option is cheap and airtight and a good alternative to a humidor.

Find Tupperware container large enough to hold your cigars with a little extra room for airflow. Put cigars and a Boveda pack in to regulate the humidity.

NOTE: Use the pack that suits your needs, but a good one to use is 69 percent for cigars.

boveda humidity pack

It works in two ways: pulling humidity OUT of the air and at the same time GIVING more humidity as needed.

About once a week, “burp” the box. Meaning, let the old stale air out and new air in. The pack will regulate the new air.

With proper burping and care, you can store cigars in a container for up to four months with a single pack. 

2. Use a Boveda humidor bag

Another option is to use a Boveda humidor bag to store your cigars.

humidor bag

These bags can hold cigars up to a year. It’s pre-loaded with a 69 percent Boveda pack — used to keep your cigars properly humidified.

Select between small (3-5 cigars), medium (10-15), and large (60-80).


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