Discussing :: What NOT to take

Planning to travel abroad? Leave these items at home! Anyone who travels regularly is aware of luggage and carry-on restrictions post 9-11. However, if you travel abroad, there are other considerations to keep in mind. No foreign country wants undesirable insects, rodents, or diseases to infiltrate their population via border crossings. Before reading further, remember that if you have outstanding police warrants or a criminal record, you should probably forget about foreign travel. Period. What NOT to take with you Regulations vary by country. The snacks you pack for a domestic flight may not pass customs inspection for an overseas destination. Start with a... read full article



great tips - thank you!



NZ is really strict on bio-security, and a good thing that it is too!

Another thing that people MUST take... their credit card(s)?



With regards to prescription drugs, is it ok if you have the meds in a bottle with your name clearly labelled on (you know how they print it at the pharmacy and stick it on for you??) or do you have to have a separate letter?

Taking photos of your valuables is also super handy if they get stolen then you have proof for insurance! Also taking photos of your stuff can help you remember if you've lost anything.

I definitely haven't found that NZ charges customs on any items purchased overseas. I came back to Auckland from Hawaii this past January with over $3000 worth of new stuff and they didn't bat an eyelid. What countries are known for charging duty?

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Every time we have travelled overseas our meds have been in the container from the chemist, with names etc on it and we have had no problem



Most of it is common sense, but being charged duty on personal goods that you take with you, crazy stuff, I would never have known that!


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Many years ago I travelled extensively. While in London we'd visit the laundromat with our dirty clothes in a backpack and the measured dose of washing powder in a plastic bag popped into a side pocket. I used this backback as my hand luggage on my flight returning home to NZ and had forgotten to remove the plastic bag containing the white powdery remnants of the washing powder! After customs discovered this dogdy looking bag we were holed up for a few hours while every piece of our luggage was painstakingly scrutinized and tested. So my own personal advice is to be thorough and try not to overlook the obvious!!!



I wish I was travelling again!!! I could do with a drink to reminise



Is it just me, but don’t you feel sub-consciously guilty just walking through Customs, even when you genuinely have nothing to declare? I have a recurring nightmare about being caught red-handed with an apple passing through Customs at Auckland Airport, then repenting at leisure at Auckland Women’s Regional Corrections Facility!



My advice is - always pack light - that way you can fill it up with goodies to take home! And take an enthusatic love for your country - share the tales of NZ and it's beauty!


Or, pack a smaller suitcase inside a bigger one so that you have two to fill up after your shopping expeditions!



When I first saw the name of this article I thought great you are going to help me to take less stuff cause I always seem to end up with everything going with me on holiday and only needing like half of it. Now with a baby on the way I'm going to have to get strict cause we will have all of their stuff too lol

Oh well not that kind of article but it will still help haha



Good point! :-)

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