airline luggage Rules can make packing for a vacation a struggle, but what many people may not realize is that they can affect the keepsakes and gifts you bring back. In addition to the weight and size of your bag, you should also think carefully about whether your holiday trinkets can be considered a “banned” item.
Rich Quelch, an expert at Lifestyle packaging explained: “Buying souvenirs to take home can be a great way to remember a trip, but failing to check the regulations could mean your precious keepsakes and gifts won’t make it past security.”
According to the expert, there are six items you should pay attention to in order to “don’t get in trouble when you return”.
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Memories of a tropical vacation sipping fresh coconut water may be the perfect way to unwind once you get home, but vacationers should think twice about transporting a coconut home.
Mr Quelch said: “If you plan to fly home with one in your hand luggage, or also luggage, think again.
“The harmless coconut is on the Dangerous Goods Register of the International Air Transport Association due to its high oil content which makes the meat extremely flammable when dried.
“This means it’s banned by most airlines except for retail packaged coconut products.”
Spices and preserves
Sauces, vinegars, jams, honey and chutneys are a great way to bring the taste of a faraway destination back home.
While such food items make beautiful gifts, you should be careful when wrapping them.
Mr Quelch said: “Condiments and preserves are considered liquid foods by airlines.
“Therefore they cannot be more than 100 ml individually, or more than one liter together.
“So be sure to check the volume of any liquid food items you plan to take home with you before buying.”
If you want to pack larger quantities, you must place them in your checked baggage.
Olives in brine, or any other food in brine or oil such as pickles or sun-dried tomatoes, also count as a liquid item when flying.
If you want to take these in hand luggage, make sure they are in jars, cans or bags of less than 100 ml.
Mr Quelch said: “Souvenir lighters can be found in almost every tourist shop, but did you know there are strange restrictions on traveling abroad with lighters?
“A person is allowed to take one lighter on board if it is on his person, for example in his pocket. But you will be stopped if you try to take a lighter in your hand luggage.”
However, this rule may differ depending on the airline and airport you’re departing from, so it’s best to check online before bringing a lighter.