Tips for Properly Storing Cigars Without a Humidor

Cigars are a prized possession for many smokers, but they require proper storage to maintain their flavor and aroma. Humidors are the traditional solution, but what if you don’t have one or can’t afford one? Are there any alternatives to storing cigars without a humidor? The answer is yes! In this blog post, we’ll explore different methods of cigar storage that don’t require a humidor.

Understanding Cigar Storage

Before exploring the various methods of storing cigars without a humidor, it’s essential to understand why humidity is critical to maintaining the quality of cigars. Cigars dry out quickly when exposed to air and sunlight, which leads to loss of flavor and aroma. Maintaining an ideal level of humidity in your cigar storage system helps prevent this from happening.

The ideal relative humidity (RH) range for cigar storage is between 65% and 75%. Any lower than 60%, and your cigars will dry out rapidly; any higher than 80%, and they will become too moist, leading to mold growth.

Method One: Use a Sealed Bag with Boveda Packs

A simple yet effective method of storing your cigars without a humidor involves using sealed bags equipped with Boveda packs. These packs contain saltwater solutions that regulate RH levels inside sealed containers by releasing or absorbing moisture as needed.

To use this method, place your desired number of cigars in an appropriately sized ziplock bag along with one or two Boveda packs (depending on how many sticks you’re storing). Ensure all air is removed from the bag before sealing it tightly shut. Your cigar stash should be ready for storage in minutes!

One benefit of using Boveda packs over other options such as basic humidifiers or sponges is that they provide more precise regulation over time without needing frequent attention like those other options do.

Method Two: Use a Tupperware Container

If ziplock bags aren’t your style, you can also use Tupperware containers or any other airtight containers that will fit your cigars. Be sure to choose one with a tight-fitting lid that won’t let air escape easily.

Place the appropriate amount of Boveda packs per number of cigars inside the container and seal it tightly shut. This method is ideal for storing larger collections as it provides more storage space than individual bags.

Method Three: Use an Igloo Cooler

Another option is to utilize an igloo cooler that’s large enough to hold all your cigars comfortably without being too cramped. You’ll need some humidification beads (available at most cigar stores) stuffed into an old stocking, then placed in the cooler below some grated shelving on which you will set your sticks.

Fill a plastic bag or two with distilled water and place them near but not touching the grate where you’re setting down those precious sticks! The warm air from outside will mix with cool air inside this makeshift humidor, ensuring proper humidity levels for storing even larger collections.


While owning a humidor may seem like the only way to properly store cigars, there are alternative methods available if one can not afford or they otherwise do not want to invest in one. With these techniques, anyone can keep their prized stash fresh and flavorful without breaking the bank! Remember always to monitor RH levels carefully and adjust as needed so that every cigar tastes great when smoking time arrives!

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