How to Use Your Boveda Humidor Bag

Boveda Humidor bags
The Boveda Humidor Bag is not your ordinary food bag. It’s an affordable airtight humidor that you can use for long-term and short-term cigar storage. It’s preloaded with Boveda 69% RH, which will protect your cigars for a year.

Ready to learn how and when to use your new favorite cigar accessory?

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How to Open A Boveda Humidor Bag

The first time you open a new Boveda Humidor Bag can be tricky because of its protective interior heat seal.

If you have a medium or large humidor bag:

  1. Unzip the bag using the plastic zipper, which will reveal a heat seal.
  2. Apply firm pressure to pull the opening of the bag apart to break the heat seal.  (It might feel like you’ll rip the bag, but you won’t. Just give it a really good tug.)
  3. Run your finger up and down to separate the rest of the opening. Add cigars.

If you have a small Boveda Humidor Bag:

  1. Look for a notch on either side of the top of the bag. Starting at a notch, tear off the top of the bag.
  2. Pull the opposing top edges apart.
  3. Open the bag. Insert cigars.


After you fill your Boveda Humidor Bag with sticks, store it wherever you usually store cigars. Because the bags are streamlined, you can take them with you on the go. Slip them into a carry-on, golf bag, breast pocket or ski boot bag—places a traditional humidor won’t easily fit.


Yes. Reuse your Boveda Humidor Bag by replacing the pack it came with with new Boveda 69% RH.


Your Boveda Humidor Bag arrives preloaded with Boveda 69% RH. When it’s new the Boveda will be soft. It should last a year, depending on its environment and how often you open and close the bag.

When you start to feel hard spots on the Boveda, it’s time to order replacements. DON’T WAIT until Boveda is completely solid before you replace the packs. To make sure you always have fresh Boveda on hand, set up your next order as an subscription to have replacements automatically sent to you when need them.


69% Size 60 Pack

Refill the medium or large humidor bag with one Boveda Size 60. You can order a single pack. Or buy a 4 pack, 12 pack or 20 pack to use in other humidors.

69% Size 8 Pack

Refill the small humidor bag with one Boveda Size 8, which is sold in a 10 pack. Use the extras in any 5-count travel humidor or cigar case.


What Boveda RH do I need for tobacco?
65% RH — For Cuban cigars because Cuban cigars are tightly bound and tend to mold at a higher RH level. We recommend this RH for long-term storage of oily tobacco commonly found in Puro cigars from one territory. 69% RH (Most popular RH for premium cigars) — For cigars in airtight humidors, including but not exclusively for Boveda Humidor Bags, polymer travel humidors. Also best for high-end humidors, including but not exclusively Elie Bleu and Daniel Marshall. 72% RH—For cigars in most wood humidors, glass top humidors and non-polymer travel humidors. Since wood humidors exchange moisture, it’s not uncommon to see a decrease of 2–5%RH. The 72% accommodates and even compensates for the moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a sought-after high 60s RH level. 75% RH — For cigars in drafty humidors and extreme environments, the 75% accommodates a high amount of moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a high 60s RH level. Also recommended for humidors housed at high altitudes and in desert-like conditions (use at your own discretion). 84% RH — ONLY use to precondition (or season) a wood humidor WITHOUT cigars in it. This formula is specifically designed to provide moisture directly to the cellular structure of the wood humidor during the seasoning process. Once you’ve seasoned with Boveda, your humidor is primed for your most treasured cigars. GOOD TO KNOW:
  1. Don’t mix RH levels within the same humidor.
  2. Don’t use Boveda in the same humidor with other humidification products because they will fight against each other and reduce the efficiency of Boveda.
  3. It’s common that the actual RH of your humidor will stabilize up to 5 points lower than the Boveda RH you’re using because of humidor quality and ambient dryness. All Boveda are accurate to +/- 2% of the RH printed on the pack in an airtight environment. Ideal RH for cigars can range from 60%-72% depending on your cigar inventory.

Watch this video to learn more about which RH is right for your humidor.

65% CUBAN CIGARS For tightly bound cigars that tend to mold at a higher RH level as well as aging most cigars
69% AIRTIGHT HUMIDORS Most popular—use in acrylic humidors, humidor bags, plastic travel humidors and tupperdors
72% MOST HUMIDORS Such as wood, glass-top and non-plastic travel humidors
75% DRAFTY HUMIDORS Also recommended for very dry climates and high altitudes—use at your discretion
84% HUMIDOR SEASONING Only use to pre-condition a wooden humidor WITHOUT cigars in it
Tightly bound and tend to mold at a higher RH level
Most popular
Such as wood, glass top, or travel
Recommended for very dry climates-use at your descretion
Only use to pre-condition a wooden humidor WITHOUT cigars in it
What do I need to know to protect my premium cigars?
We’ve consolidated some of the basics for protecting your cigars in this video complication – #AskBoveda Tobacco 101
What’s in Boveda?

If you’re new to using Boveda, you might be surprised when you feel one for the first time. A brand-new Boveda is pliable. Because the pack feels “squishy” new customers sometimes wonder if it “melted” in transit. Not so.

Not everyone is willing to share their secret recipe, but sharing is caring. Inside Boveda you’ll find purified water, natural salts and odorless food grade thickener, commonly used in salad dressing. Yes, salad dressing.

Then it’s all sealed in a leakproof membrane. Hardening of the corners is normal. 

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See, the purified water-vapor flows in-and-out from the Boveda to either absorb or add moisture depending on the needs for 2-way humidity control.

As you use Boveda, the pack will begin to harden. A simple touch test will tell you when it’s time to replace your Boveda—there will be fewer “squishy” spots and more hard ones.

Watch the video to learn more!