Common us travel questions
Q1. Can i pack pickles in my checked in bag while traveling to USA?
Yes, of course you can. You will have to put your pickle jar in a polythene bag. Also make sure oil does not spill everywhere. I have seen my friends bringing in pickles without any problem.
Q2. Can i carry shampoo in my cabin or hand bag?
No, I have already lost mine once :). Please pack your shampoo in checked in bag.
Q3. Can i pack liquid in my cabin or hand bag?
Yes, you can. But you have to use 100 ml containers. You can carry ten 100 ml containers on a flight. It means you can carry one liter liquid. All your 100 ml containers should be enclosed in a clear plastic bag with maximum dimension 20 cm x 20 cm.
Q4. Can i pack food in my checked in bag?
Yes, you can pack food in your checked in bag as well as in cabin bag. Try not to pack liquid food. Solid food can be packed in any bag.
Q5. Can i carry tooth paste in cabin or hand bag?
Yes, of course.
Q6. Can i pack shaving gel and shaving cream in my cabin or hand bag?
You should avoid it until the size of your gel or cream is under 100ml. You have follow 3-1-1 rule.
Q7. Can i pack trimmer in checked in bag or cabin bag?
Trimmer is allowed in checked in bag as well as in carry bag.
Q8. Can i carry beef to USA?
Generally importation of fresh, dried or canned meats or meat products is not allowed from most foreign countries into the United States. This also includes products that contain meat.
The meat should be unopened and must have commercial label indicating origin country.
Q9. Can i pack cigarette in my luggage?
The Transportation Security Administration(TSA) places no restrictions on tobacco, that means you can pack your tobacco products in your checked luggage as well as your carry-on bag.
Q10. Can i pack mobile in checked-in bag?
Yes, you can but avoid packing valuable things in checked-in bag.
Q11. Can i carry scissor or knife in cabin or hand bag?
No. You have to put it in checked-in bag.
Q12. Do i need to carry cash while traveling to USA?
You should always keep some cash while visiting any country.
Q13. What are the taxi options in USA?
There are many options like UBER, LIFT, airport taxi etc…
Q14. Does Airtel work everywhere is USA?
As long as i know, it works almost everywhere.
Q15. Is USA colder than India?
East coast is colder than India while west cost like California is almost similar to India. But if you are visiting in winter the should always pack warm cloths.
Q16. Is Indian food costlier in USA?
Yes, Indian food is costly compared to local foods.
Q17. How much cash can i carry to USA?
As per RBI guidelines you are allowed to carry up to $3000 only in cash. However, you can carry a Forex card / Travelers Cheque to have more money with you. up to $10,000. If it exceeds $10,000 then you have to declare at the custom.
Q18. How many laptops can i bring from USA?
You can bring two laptops. One as an official use an another one for personal use.
Q19. Do i need to buy international sim card while traveling to USA?
It is always better to buy a international sim card but now a days, you can use your home country’s sim card by activating international plan.
Q20. How many iPhone can i bring from USA?
You can bring two iPhone without any.
Q21. Are electronic things cheaper in USA?
Yes, most of the electronic things are cheaper.
Q22. Can i bring TV from USA?
Yes, some airlines allow so its better to ask airline before booking your ticket.
Q23. Can we buy indian clothes in usa?
There are some Indian stores who sells Indian clothes but these stores are very rare.
Q24. How much jewelry can we carry while travelling to USA?
You are allowed to bring up to $10,000 USD in “monetary instruments” without declaring it. If your jewelry worth more than $10,000 then you have to declare at the customs.
Q25. What are the cheaper accommodations available in the USA?
There some cheap hotels but Motel is the best option for cheaper accommodation.
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