hey i was wondering if anyone recommends how to transport camp stoves on airlines - is it taboo (or illegal?) to bring it as carry on? i kind of want to save it from being destroyed by the baggage handlers!
flying to ecuador if that makes any difference (with airline regulations).
Yep.. very illegal to carry on. Was with someone who found out the hard way.
Well - the illegal part is the fuel (due to it's ability to explode), which you could probably leave in your luggage or buy on the spot. If you would want to carry a separate burner and/or other related equipment onboard, that shouldn't be a problem. Just don't bring a bottle o' gas or fuel in you backpack
I regulary carry along my camping stove, it works on gasoline, and I buy that part upon arrival at my destination. I always take care of cleaning the stove and fuel bottle very well, so at least you do not smell the gasoline any more. If its not for customs, then it is for me not wanting my clothes to smell of gasoline for the rest of my holidays!
Good luck on your trip.
thanks for the input folks!
yes i definately will buy the fuel when we get to ecuador - its a msr stove that can burn most kinds of fuel - so i'll just get some unleaded while there.
we're really excited -hoping to stay as long as our tourist visa will let us and then try to get an extention in quito (so 90 to 180 days i hope). we've been working on organic farms in the united states here (midwest mostly) and are ready to see some of the rest of america (ecuador)!
another question if you don't mind - what are the checking limitations typically - how many bags, weight, and how many bags can you carry on on an international flight?
Different airlines have different guidelines - but generally you can bring one smaller bag/rucksack (about 75x50x30cm and up to 7kg) and one smaller plastic bag with stuff like tax-free-bought candy and liquor. Though be careful, some airlines negate you that extra little bag... It would be wise to check your airline's specifications!
thanks for the help again - i will call the airline to see what their specifications are - i see that you're from sweden! i was lucky enough to visit a friend sweden (he lives in lidkoping but i got to go around southern sweden quite a bit) in 2002 - such a beautiful country! also there was many social/political things i learned about while there that were very impressive.
It's sure beautiful, if you're timing is right Right now it's all snow and rain... Glad you liked it here!
Inside the US the TSA regulates what is allowed and not, see
Obviously fuel and canisters are not allowed, but stoves are allowed, given that they are thoroughly cleaned. Most likely, these regulations are used when leaving the US as well.
However, it is up to the personell at the airport to decide, and they may, if they wish, force you to leave the stove at the airport. This happened to a friend of mine travelling from Seattle to San Fransisco with United.
If you end up in this situation, do not get upset. They have, basically, right to do whatever they want. Politely inform them that you have read and followed the TSA instructions.
I have never heard of anyone having problems travelling in or from Norway (Europe ;-), but I may be wrong.