Tupperdors 101: Easy Setup for Perfect Cigars

Tupperdors 101: Easy Setup for Perfect Cigars

Cigar enthusiasts often face the challenge of maintaining their cigars in optimal condition. While traditional wooden humidors are a classic choice, they can be expensive and require regular maintenance. Enter the tupperdor—a cost-effective, efficient alternative that has gained popularity among cigar aficionados. In this guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about cigar tupperdors, from their benefits and setup to maintenance and tips for optimal performance.

What is a Tupperdor?

A tupperdor is a homemade humidor made from a plastic airtight container, commonly known as Tupperware. It provides a budget-friendly solution for storing cigars while ensuring they remain fresh and flavorful. Tupperdors are easy to set up and maintain, making them an attractive option for both novice and seasoned cigar smokers.

Benefits of a Tupperdor

Whether you're an aficionado on the go without a travel humidor, or just a lover of cigars who doesn't feel the need to drop $100 on cigar storage, tupperware humidors can be the perfect solution to maintaining your collection.


Traditional wooden humidors can be expensive, especially for high-quality models. Tupperdors, on the other hand, offer a much more affordable option without compromising on effectiveness. The initial investment is minimal, requiring only a few basic items.

Airtight Seal

One of the most critical factors in cigar storage is maintaining a stable humidity level. Tupperdors provide an airtight seal, preventing fluctuations in humidity and keeping your cigars in prime condition.

Easy Maintenance

Tupperdors are low-maintenance compared to wooden humidors. They do not require seasoning, and cleaning is straightforward, making them a hassle-free storage solution.

Setting Up Your Tupperdor

My favorite part of making an impromptu tupperware humidor is how easy they are to set up! All you need is a good container, humidification source, and hygrometer.

Choosing the Right Container

Select a high-quality, airtight plastic container. Look for containers with a reliable seal to ensure humidity levels remain consistent. Popular brands include Tupperware and Rubbermaid, but any airtight container will work.

Humidification Source

To maintain the ideal humidity level (typically between 65-70%), you'll need a humidification source. Options include:

  • Boveda Packs: These are popular due to their ease of use and reliability. Simply place the packs inside the container, and they will regulate the humidity automatically.
  • Silica Gel Beads: These beads can be recharged with distilled water and are a cost-effective option.
  • Sponge and Distilled Water: A simple and inexpensive method, though it requires regular monitoring and maintenance.


A hygrometer is essential for monitoring humidity levels within your tupperdor. Digital hygrometers are preferred for their accuracy and ease of reading. If you're really in a pinch, you can go without a hygrometer, but know that your cigars may not be in an optimal environment for that time.

Preparing Your Tupperdor

Before placing your cigars inside, it's essential to prepare your tupperdor:

  1. Clean the Container: Wash the container with mild soap and water, then dry thoroughly.
  2. Calibrate the Hygrometer: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to ensure your hygrometer provides accurate readings.
  3. Add the Humidification Source: Place your chosen humidification source inside the container.
  4. Monitor Humidity Levels: Allow the tupperdor to stabilize for 24-48 hours, checking humidity levels regularly.

Storing Cigars in Your Tupperdor

This part is pretty easy, but we still want to make sure that your cigars are able to age properly! Tupperdors are generally a relatively short term solution, but this time can be extended if you set it up in an optimal fashion.


Arrange your cigars in a single layer to ensure even air circulation. Avoid overcrowding, as this can lead to uneven humidity distribution.


Regularly check the humidity levels using your hygrometer. Adjust the humidification source if necessary to maintain the ideal range.

Maintenance Tips

  • Regular Checks: Inspect your tupperdor at least once a week to ensure humidity levels remain stable.
  • Recharging Humidification Source: If using silica gel beads or a sponge, recharge them with distilled water as needed.
  • Cleaning: Periodically clean your tupperdor to prevent mold or bacteria growth. Remove all cigars and humidification sources, then wash the container and dry thoroughly before reassembling.

Common Issues and Solutions

As with wooden humidors, it's normal for humidity to fluctuate from time to time. Maintenance is incredibly important in the cigar storage process. Here's what to look for if you're humidity levels are less than perfect, and the solutions to each problem.


If the humidity level exceeds 70%, it can lead to mold growth and damage to your cigars. To lower the humidity:

  • Remove Excess Humidification Source: Take out some of the humidification packs or reduce the water in the sponge.
  • Increase Air Circulation: Open the tupperdor for a short period to allow excess moisture to escape.


If humidity levels drop below 65%, your cigars may dry out. To increase humidity:

  • Add More Humidification Source: Introduce additional Boveda packs or a larger sponge.
  • Reduce Air Circulation: Ensure the container is sealed tightly and check for any leaks.


A tupperdor is a practical, cost-effective solution for cigar storage that offers excellent results with minimal effort. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can create and maintain an optimal environment for your cigars, ensuring they remain fresh and flavorful. Whether you're a seasoned cigar enthusiast or a beginner, a tupperdor is a valuable addition to your cigar storage arsenal.

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