Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know

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Travel and Holiday Gifts: What To Know

Whether  bringing presents to friends or relatives or visiting Christmas Markets in Europe for holiday gifts,  it’s important to know customs and security regulations, advises the US Travel Insurance Association.  

 Below are some guidelines from TRIP, UStiA’s consumer resource center.  

 Domestic Travel And Departing The U.S. by Plane

  • Don’t wrap gifts, as they may be subject to inspection and unwrapping, whether in your checked luggage or your carry-on bag.  Instead, consider packing gift paper, and wrapping at your destination.
  • Items such as liquids, snow globes, and sporting equipment, are subject to TSA restrictions.  The TSA website now features an item-specific search function where travelers can find out if a specific gift is allowed in either checked or carry-on baggage.

 Re-entering the U.S From Abroad

  • Baked goods, condiments, honey and coffee are generally admitted into the U.S., while meat, produce and plants are not allowed.  Also avoid bringing rice into the U.S., as it may harbor insects.  Read more

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