I have heard of lemon, apple, cucumber, copper coins, steam and read about freezing, storing in airtight containers. I have tried cucumber and I can't say it really worked.

Knowing the power of stackexchange I thought I would try and dig out the ultimate way to keep tobacco, in either a tin or pouch, moist.

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    Humidors exist precisely to solve this problem. Is there a reason this does not work for you? – Captain Obvious May 15 '15 at 1:18
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because your problem can be solved with existing hardware. This does not need a life hack. – Mast May 15 '15 at 7:09
  • @jasonC did you not read "in either a tin or pouch" – digout May 15 '15 at 8:56
  • @digiout I read the other things you tried (e.g. freezing and air tight containers were.acceptable attempts) and deduced that your problem was long term storage and drying out due to travelling with all your tobacco in a pouch or tin. I then imagined you storing all of your tobacco in a humidor, refilling your tin or pouch with a small amount of still moist tobacco every day, and posted the comment. Is storing your tobacco and taking a small amount from storage, perhaps in a tin or pouch, something that does not work for you? Do you need to travel with all of your tobacco on your person? – Captain Obvious May 15 '15 at 13:05

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Zippered plastic bag + slice of bread. The bread will slowly provide moisture to the tobacco and help it stay moist. Change bread as needed as it will become hard within a few days. This trick also works for cookie jars.

  • Welcome to Lifehacks SE! Thank you for your post. My only suggestion is to add a default time for changing the bread, as if it stays to long in a to warm area it could become quite icky! Hope this helps, if you have any questions ask in chat, Meta or here. :) – Pobrecita May 14 '15 at 20:15
  • eugh, mould on the bread would occur if it was dampish... – Bamboo May 26 '15 at 12:27
  • @Bamboo Actually the moisture is pulled from the bread and the bread becomes hard after a few days. The bread gets rock hard well before it molds. – UnhandledExcepSean May 26 '15 at 12:32
  • Crumbs from the bread not a problem then? – Bamboo May 26 '15 at 12:33
  • Not that I've had issues with, but that is likely variable with the type of bread used. – UnhandledExcepSean May 26 '15 at 12:38

When my tobacco is dry i spray some water in the pouch and mix it up. It works perfectly fine for me.


I've used a moist cotton ball or moist cigarette filter (unused) in the pouch with good results. I've also breathed into the pouch through my mouth for 20-30 seconds, closed the pouch tightly and let it sit for a while unopened.

  • 20 seconds breathing actually works pretty well! Albeit feeling slightly light headed afterwards (added bonus?) – digout May 27 '15 at 13:00
  • @digiout Haha! Definitely could be a bonus. I usually leave my nose outside the bag, with the bag pulled tight around my mouth, and then breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth. Glad it worked for you. – aethergy May 28 '15 at 4:36

My personal experience and from that of the old timers is apple slices. Not only does it keep the tobacco moist, it adds a taste that pairs perfectly with tobacco.


You need to use a piece of terra cotta. They sell them on amazon, etc. for use in brown sugar. When you get it, let it soak in water for about 30 minutes. Then pat the surface dry and throw it in with your tobacco (or "cilantro") and it should keep things moist for about 3 months.


You can use certain types of wood. I think cedar is recommended.

Native American Spirit's has a pouch humidifier for their roll your own tobacco pouches. (Sold Seperately) :)

  • Welce to Lifehacks SE! I think your post is off to a great start, I just think that you should add more details, as your post is a bit non-descriptive right now and this may lead to down votes. If you need help look in the Tour or Help Center or ask in Meta or even here. I hope to see you around! – Pobrecita May 15 '15 at 2:32

thick cut potato skins work very well, as they don't leave behind any scent or taste that could contaminate your tobacco being a quite neutral earthy vegetable, and can keep it moist for up 3-4 days.

further to @ adems answer I have also sprayed my tobacco to rejuvenate it before now, but id spread it out and use something that mists rather than sprays as I have also ruined a pouch this way (you could dry it out again but it becomes very weak tasting) hope this helps


Zip bag + sponge.

Wet the sponge, squeeze it. Put into bag. Close bag.

Voila. Should hold for quite some time (At least 3-4 weeks if not more)

You can cut off piece of the sponge to make it smaller.


Lettuce leaf inside the pouch (either leather with a zip or the plastic wallet you buy it in, keeps moist better than a tin) - will need to be replaced every 2 or 3 days, depending on its size and type of lettuce. Cos or Romaine lettuce, followed by Little Gem, is the best, because they have a thick moisture filled spine on the leaf - break the spine a bit before putting in the tobacco.

I'm mystified though - I like my tobacco fairly dry, so I only resort to lettuce when the weather is very hot and the tobacco's become crispy. I've spent more time drying out my tobacco (sometimes in a warm oven) than keeping it moist over the years...but then the UK has high humidity most of the time.


We use a sponge in a ziploc bag which is left open, and the sponge saturated and this works fine with our tobacco to keep it moist.

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