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Acceptable food to bring from USA

We will be backpacking and staying at hostels in the Swiss Alps area. Are canned sardines packed in olive oil, packaged liquid sauces, pumpkin nuts, other nuts, and dried fruits accepted?

Posted by
671 posts

The sardines should be fine, as should the sauces (I've brought salmon and sent hot sauce with my mom). Let me double check on the nuts and fruits. I can't quite remember.

Posted by
11507 posts

Sammee,, are you planning on checking your bag,, and packing the food in a check bag. In that case the sauces that are liquid would be fine, they would not be fine in carry on.. The sardines should be fine on carry on though. Packaged nuts( like trail mix) are fine,, but I am not sure about the dried fruit.Frankly packaged trail mix will likely be fine too( with raisens and perhaps other dried fruit) but I suggest you check over on the transportaton board, there are a few really good posters there who know the links to the websites that outline whats allowed on planes or not. How about bringing packaged ( powdered) hot chocolate and instand oatmeal and noodles,,, at least those are lighter then tinned sardines.. I would pick up a nice large Swiss sausage , I realize you want to save money, but you have to try some of the local foods right?

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32264 posts

Sammee, if you transport the food items in your checked luggage, they should be acceptable. However, some "agricultural" items may be banned so you might check Swiss tourism websites to see if you can find any details. It would probably be easier just to stop at a store and buy what you need when you arrive there. Cheers!

Posted by
10345 posts

They sell lots of canned sardines in Europe. No need to carry those over. Mmm canned sardines on a fresh baguette sitting out in the sun!

Posted by
1178 posts

Unless you have special dietary needs, I would suggest purchasing all of your food when you arrive..much less of a hassel and you will find some new tastes as well.

Posted by
83 posts

Hi all, Thank you for all your responses. I am checking in our baggage, along with packaged noodles, etc. And OH YES, definitely! we will certainly taste Swiss Cuisine. Unfortunately, we do not eat land animals, so Swiss delicious sausages are out, but we look forward to tasting the myriad of cheeses that are made there. We are fruits and veggieholics, but we've heard that vegetables are hard to come by.

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9038 posts

Someone has been pulling your leg about fruits and veggies being hard to come by. You will be astounded at the fresh produce over here, and how restaurants work it into their menus on a seasonal basis. Being vegetarian and vegan is extremely popular all over Europe, so restaurants of course cater to that. I am betting that once you try the dried fruits here, you will be spoiled. All kinds of nuts and seeds are available, as well as sardines.

Posted by
552 posts

I'm confused. So you're gonna hike the Alps in shark-skin boots?

Posted by
1829 posts

"we look forward to tasting the myriad of cheeses that are made there". A lot of traditional cheeses are made using rennet from calf stomachs so you might like to check before eating any of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennet

Posted by
83 posts

Thank you for letting me know, that sure is new to me! Rennet, eh?

Posted by
668 posts

IO am not into Veggies, but the best apple I ever tasted I bought in Paris and the best STrawberries in Copenhagen and Molde. I know that is not Switzerland, but as someone else said, Fruit and Vegetables are plentiful in Europe - as are Sardines and nuts. Incidentally, you MAY have a problem tasking nuts in carryons on the plane, not from security, but the allergy problem. May not be a problem, but just a thought.

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811 posts

Linda, part of me is really grateful you mentioned that, the other part kinda wishes you hadn't. :)

Posted by
83 posts

I will let you all know how I fare. I've read that Switzerland is the most expensive place in the world, so we plan for the 2 weeks in Swiss Alps to prepare majority of our meals, and I anticipate that the Lauterbrunnen Coop should have lots of fruits and vegetables for us to do that. Just wanted to bring some of our favorites. Thank you for all your help!