The problem with shisha is that it’s delicious. And who doesn’t want to have billowing clouds of tasty smoke flowing at all times? Sadly, life gets in the way, and we have to put down the pipe to do things like drive to work, drive to the grocery store, drive to…WAIT! If we could smoke shisha in the car, then our lives could be filled with so much more hookah! Let’s examine the pros and cons, not to mention how to smoke hookah in the car without turning your vehicle into a coal-burn factory on wheels.
1. Even if you have a passenger to help you manage the coals, etc., smoking hookah in the car can be dangerous. You may be ‘the best driver in the world’, but you cannot anticipate what others will do. If you have to stop quickly or get rear ended, your hookah could go flying, coals in your lap, dirty hookah water sprayed on your console. It’s just…bad. so don’t smoke a hookah in a car.
2. Don’t give the police an excuse to arrest you. If you get pulled over, a police officer may try to claim that you have ‘drug paraphernalia’, or even claim reckless endangerment. While we know that a hookah is far from illegal, you might have to wait and explain that while you’re figuring out getting bail.
3. Many forums suggest using a Hobo Hookah, since the base is often made from a liquor bottle which fits in a cup holder. This is not recommended since driving with a bottle of booze next to you (even if it’s filled with water) is not going to help further explain your situation to a police officer if you get pulled over.
Be Smart and Come Prepared
1. Notice that we’re talking about smoking hookah in your car, not necessarily driving while smoking. Maybe this means taking your hookah to a drive-in, or saving it for driving breaks while you’re traveling. Even if you get the proper equipment, it’s always wise to have a buddy in the car to help manage the hookah, and always make sure driving safely is your number one priority!
2. Hands down, the best travel hookah has to be the Leila Portable Hookah. Measuring in at 8 inches tall, with a 3.5 foot long hose, and 3.25 inches in diameter, this little guy will fit right into your cup holder. That’s not even the coolest part – in addition to its sturdy, steel, frame, its standard clay bowl fits right into the hookah and is then covered by a steel screw top. An important thing to note with the Leila is that it needs much less heat than a normal hookah, so be careful not to scorch that shisha!
3. If you don’t want to use a portable hookah, like the Leila, then at least make sure that you’re using an Ultimate Combo Hookah Bowl. This adjusted mod bowl comes equipped with a built in coal screen (no foil necessary) and a built in, locking, wind cover. Even if the whole hookah topples over, your coals and shisha will remain nicely sequestered in their Combo Bowl home.
There you have it! Do you have any tips or advice for smoking hookah in the car? Let us know! Remember: hands on 10 and 2, slow down in school zones, and smoke-on, road warrior.