I'm planning on spending a year travelling to India, NZ, OZ then up through the countries in south east asia to Beijing before getting the Trans Siberian Railway to Moscow.
I was thinking that a Swiss Army Knife could prove to be useful when roughing it on my travels as they have a few tools which would come in handy. My only concern is the possible reaction that the differing authorities might have on me travelling with this item.
Has anybody done this, had a problem with doing this or have any guidance on whether this is a good idea or not?
The only problem I can think of is that you have to check it in when flying ie. you can't have it in your hand luggage.
If your just crossing borders by car, I don't see that you could have any problem. It's not like they don't sell knives everywhere.
I just wanted to make sure that I wouldn't end up on the wrong side of the law.
Just to second what Angela says, dont carry it in your hand luggage. One of mine was confiscated in Austria because I packed in a rush and forgot to pack it in my backpack.
I've also had a hair scissors confiscated in Ireland. And in Stansted I miss a flight because security wouldnt let me go through with tent pins. Grrrrr
I'm starting to get the picture.....
I agreee with both samsara and angela (and wouterrr about the sword). Do not pack your knife in carry-on luggage. At best, you will be given the option of sending it home - which means getting out of line, standing in another line and trying to figure out who you can send it to for safe keeping. Then, getting back in the original line (at the end of that line - no one will "save" your place). Option 2 will be that they will confiscate your knife and you will see it no more. Pack it in your checked luggage, close to the top, so that they see it quickly if they choose your luggage to search, and don't toss the whole thing looking for a possible "weapon".
I forgot my husband's mustache scissors were in a small tote and (in a rush) threw it in the carry-on. The confiscated it. He'd had it for many years so was not very happy with security nor with me for that matter.
Since you will be flying to certain destinations, keep in mind that all types of cigarette lighters are also no longer allowed in checked and/or carry-on luggage on most carriers. You will be allowed to carry 4 books (only) of safety matches in carry-on. Since lighters can be handy for several things, even non-smokers do carry them. But, they will probably be confiscated. (My husband's was confiscated in Panama as we were checking through security to come home. They missed seeing mine in my purse so it got through.)
I always keep small scissors in my hand luggage but I get through with them because they don't have a sharp tip.
I took a swiss army knife through customs at JFK in my hand luggage by mistake. Only realised when I got to the hotel. I had two forks confiscated in Tasmania tho.