When you're a regular snuff user, you fall into certain routines, and your body (nose) adjusts to the hobby. However, I have noticed that if you break that cycle, and use snuff less frequently, things change. Becoming less of a habitual user for want of a better term, I have changed how I carry snuff, and how I use it. I thought I might share some of the revelations and newer habits.
One snuff box.
When I was a heavier and more frequent user, variety was everything. I would often carry at least three types, a course, a finer plain or SP, and a dessert snuff. Now, filling three snuffboxes is stupid, as they will all have dried out before I use them. Picking one snuff you are happy to take all day, and only loading a box with what you expect to use in one or two days, keeps the snuff at its freshest and saves wastage. It also minimises the amount of times you open your tins and expose them to air.
The conditioning wait.
For the occasional user, a generous pinch when you want one, is a good recipe for a sneezing fit. Your nose is not conditioned to do that any more. I find the best way for me to start a snuff session, or enjoy a good pinch when the nose is not ready for it, is to take a very small pinch in each nostril, and then wait. There may be a sneeze. That is not what you are waiting for though. The nose will also release a little more moisture on the inside, to better receive the bigger pinch that you are planning to take. The little pinch and wait before the big pinch, primes the nose and gets the nostrils ready for some fun. If it does NOT prime the nose, that usually means I am not hydrated enough to start snuffing, and prompts me to take on fluids first.
The hanky place mat
When you are not in the habit of snuffing, you might not be in the habit of pocketing a handkerchief either. It is easy to grab a snuffbox, forgetting to check if you have a hanky too. If you are not in the habit of carrying a hanky at all times, always put your snuff box on top of a hanky when it is not in your pocket. That way when you go to pocket your snuff box, you are more likely to pick up the hanky too.
Doubling up, and back up tins
If you are not in the habit of always putting your snuff tin in your pocket. There is a good chance that when you do fancy an occasional pinch, or want to take it with you when you leave the house, you will have forgotten where the hell you put it. Having a spare snuffbox or two, or a few empty Toque tins, kept with your main stash is a good idea. Keep another handkerchief in there too for the same reasons already mentioned.
Be prepared to ditch it.
If the snuffbox contents go dry before you empty it, you could put it in a tupperware box overnight to hydrate it. The chances are though, that you will forget to do that. Or you will discover that the box you thought you had lost is still in there from four days ago. If you only have a few pinches in there, just dump out the old, and top up with new. It is most likely less than a gram or two, so just write it off and move on.
Suddenly you will be hit by a surprise scent. This might be a ghosting scent that suddenly pops up from a pinch you had earlier, or even the day before. Or it might be the sudden awareness of a scent you did not notice earlier, because you had snuff in your nose. So all of a sudden, you might get a whiff of something very pleasant that you weren't expecting, or all of a sudden you will be hit squarely between the eyes with how much your old trainers honk. These sudden scents seen to happen to me more now than when I was a more regular snuffer.
If your nose has fallen out of habit of using snuff, there is a higher chance you are going to overdo it and make your nose sore, or give yourself a snuff hangover. Yes, they do exist. So if you are snuffing after a long break, go easy, or you might put yourself of wanting any more for the next week or so. By which time you will have lost your snuffbox again.