Banned Abroad: These Everyday Items Are Illegal to Bring Overseas

If you’re returning to the U.S. from a trip abroad, make sure you leave behind ivory trinkets, absinthe, and other items that are banned in America. But if you’re traveling internationally, you also need to pay attention to what you pack before you leave. It’s not surprising you can’t bring a handgun or illegal drugs abroad. But some everyday items you may own are actually banned abroad.

To avoid an unpleasant scene, leave the following items at home if you’re traveling to certain countries. For example, the U.K. will not allow one common device into their country (page 9).

1. Baby walkers

a chid uses a baby walker while a woman watches

A little kid in a baby walker is cute, but not allowed in Canada. | Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re visiting Canada, don’t bother to pack your baby walker. This product can help babies who haven’t quite mastered walking yet. But Canada has banned them since 2004 for safety reasons. Babies using walkers can fall, tip over, or crash into objects, according to experts. And though the devices are still legal in the U.S., pediatricians advise parents not to use them. Pack your baby sling or stroller instead.

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