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Mishnogramjo
02-22-2011, 10:02 PM
I'm hoping someone can answer this question for me. I will be travelling with 4 kids so means lots of snacks. I'd like to pack some pre-packaged non-perishable snacks (granola bars, pre-packed cookies, fish crackers etc) in our checked luggage. I am flying into Florida from Toronto Canada. Was wondering if anyone had any troubles with this?

Thanks

MommaSnowwhite
02-22-2011, 10:31 PM
The biggest trouble we had was our cookies arrived in bits. We started ordering from Gardengrocer.com and order snacks, fruit and water. Much easier and I don't have to worry about suitcase weight.

tigger51276
02-22-2011, 10:33 PM
Because I always stay DVC I always pack a suitcase with snacks and breakfast items like cereal, bagels and apples and it's worked out great every time.

McKclanof6
02-22-2011, 10:33 PM
I think the airlines frown upon packing food in your luggage. The last time we went I packed a flat rate box from the post office and sent it for about $14. They had different size boxes so depending upon the size of the box it could cost less. You send it to the resort with your arrival date on the box, if you call the resort they will give you the exact address you should send it to. Hope that helps. When are you going? I am having serious disney withdrawl :sad2: Have a great time!:)

ssawka
02-23-2011, 07:40 AM
I think the airlines frown upon packing food in your luggage. The last time we went I packed a flat rate box from the post office and sent it for about $14. They had different size boxes so depending upon the size of the box it could cost less. You send it to the resort with your arrival date on the box, if you call the resort they will give you the exact address you should send it to. Hope that helps. When are you going? I am having serious disney withdrawl :sad2: Have a great time!:)

We usually send a box via FedEx. Their prices tend to be better on bigger packages. Also, delivery is much quicker because courier packages go directly to the resorts, where as the mail has to go to a sorting facility at WDW.

darthspud
02-23-2011, 08:36 AM
flying from out of country it might be a little more difficult.. it might be easier for you to mail it down.. just grab a box big enough.. and instead of using packing peanuts or something of the like use your bathing suits and beach towels (if going in summer) or shorts (if going in winter) that way once you arrive you can change to go to the pool with out having to wait for your luggage from DME or if your going in the winter you can change into shorts so your good to go

3pletprincesses
02-23-2011, 10:39 AM
I did that last fall and had no problems other then broken cookies and flat bars LOL Maybe you could get garden grocer to deliver to your room. that's what I'll be doing in August when I go back alone with the girls. although having an empty suitcase at the end of my last trip was convenient to bring souvenirs

tigger51276
02-23-2011, 12:32 PM
I think the airlines frown upon packing food in your luggage. The last time we went I packed a flat rate box from the post office and sent it for about $14. They had different size boxes so depending upon the size of the box it could cost less. You send it to the resort with your arrival date on the box, if you call the resort they will give you the exact address you should send it to. Hope that helps. When are you going? I am having serious disney withdrawl :sad2: Have a great time!:)
I've been packing snacks and breakfast items in a medium sized suitcase for 10 years now (I go down every year) and the airlines have not once given me any trouble. In fact they prefer that you pack certain items in checked baggage instead of carry on. I've flown mostly Southwest but also delta and usair so maybe it depends on the airline. I've never seen food items listed on their list of things not to pack in a checked suitcase though. Granted I don't pack any glass and I put things that could "explode" in plastic baggies. Plus I usually put some towels in there to act as buffers.

princessnoelly
02-23-2011, 12:46 PM
Maybe try Amazon?

kaypee
02-23-2011, 12:49 PM
Maybe try Amazon?

that's a good idea. . .
does Disney frown on shipments to your resort? I know you *can* do it, and I'm sure there's no policy against it, but what's someone's experience?

amwhitaker
02-23-2011, 12:53 PM
I just came back from a trip to WDW and I packed all of our food in Tupperware square plastic containers and put them in my suitcase. I didn't have to worry about anything being smashed by the time my luggage got to the resort. It worked perfect.

tigger51276
02-23-2011, 12:56 PM
that's a good idea. . .
does Disney frown on shipments to your resort? I know you *can* do it, and I'm sure there's no policy against it, but what's someone's experience?
Personally I've not ever shipped anything down so I don't know from personal experience, but I have heard of plenty of people on this board having things gone missing...I expect a lot of people have things shipped to the hotels so I would think that only a small percentage of packages get lost or misplaced, but they do certainly happen.

princessnoelly
02-23-2011, 01:07 PM
I just came back from a trip to WDW and I packed all of our food in Tupperware square plastic containers and put them in my suitcase. I didn't have to worry about anything being smashed by the time my luggage got to the resort. It worked perfect.

So smart! Thanks...that's what I'm gonna do....then I can stick wet suits in the empty containers!:thumbsup2

4orm
02-23-2011, 01:15 PM
We are from Toronto and always fly out of YYZ with bags of food. My husband eats a specialty cereal so we take a couple boxes of it along with snacks, etc... never had a problem (even with a tetra pack of rice milk)!

iheartdisney
02-23-2011, 04:05 PM
I've never thought of a checked bag, we have always taken a carry on bag full of snacks, for the plane and the visit. Bonus- you have an empty bag for extra stuff you pick up on vacation!

riley2008
02-23-2011, 04:33 PM
We packed things in shoes boxes in our suitcases and everything came out great! The idea being we'll be able to use the extra space for the return and we could always use the boxes to ship something home if needed, too.

My mom always packs fresh items (grapes, berries, etc) in Tupperware with ice packs or frozen bottles of cream for her coffee. She's never had a problem, but I'm too scared to do that - I'm afraid they'd lose my luggage and I wouldn't get it back for weeks.

tigger51276
02-23-2011, 05:52 PM
We packed things in shoes boxes in our suitcases and everything came out great! The idea being we'll be able to use the extra space for the return and we could always use the boxes to ship something home if needed, too.

My mom always packs fresh items (grapes, berries, etc) in Tupperware with ice packs or frozen bottles of cream for her coffee. She's never had a problem, but I'm too scared to do that - I'm afraid they'd lose my luggage and I wouldn't get it back for weeks.
I always use the suitcase to then bring home my souvinears. For fruit I only tend to bring apples and maybe oranges. I try not to bring ones that need to be kept cold. I did that once and the ice pack turned them all yucky mushy....such a waste!

Berkshires96
02-23-2011, 08:44 PM
We always fly Southwest, so no luggage charges, and I use a 18 galloon tote (rubbermaid) and pack with snacks, drinks and pool towels for padding. Never had any problem and then we use it as a cooler in the room. Also handy to have if you end up with fragile sourveniors to bring back. I've done this for years and it was really handy when my girls were still eating baby food and used diapers as padding. No problems with anything getting broken or crushed. I pack a roll of gray strapping tape inside for the flight home and just tape it up really well.

goofystitchfan
02-25-2011, 03:59 PM
Since we always stay at SSR I have even packed meat in my checked in bag. Freeze and then put into a cold/hot bag. They are silver and can be purchased at most grocery stores. We fly from Boston directly to MCO and by the time we get our room, they still are frozen, even in the summer months. :woohoo:

fortwildernessishome
02-25-2011, 08:43 PM
Everytime we fly to Disney, at least 20 times, we pack one suitcase full of food/snack items. We fly Southwest and this has NEVER been a problem with the airline. The food always arrives intact. In addition I always check a full size cooler. In that I have a case of water and several boxes of capri sun. The person that checks the luggage always takes a peek in the cooler, then puts a couple pieces of tape on the lid. I packed like this when we flew from NH to Colorado and another time to Ca. All the trips the food suitcase and cooler flew with absolutely no problems. For us this is the easiest way to go. Even though we always have a rental car, I dont want to use out time grocery shopping. Plus, I am a big couponer and get most of our snack items for free and it would be tough for me to use real money to buy that type of stuff. Since Southwest doesnt charge extra for luggage, this is the way to go for us! Have fun on your trip!!!

lovetheduck
02-25-2011, 09:14 PM
We always pack some snacks in with our luggage. I try not to pack chocolate or anything that will melt, and I always put things in a ziploc first in case of breakage.

NancyDee
02-26-2011, 05:55 AM
I always pack snacks & cereal. I use tupperware containers and everything arrives fine.
Just DO NOT pack peanut butter. Your luggage WILL be opened and searched. The density is the same as explosives and the xray machine will pick that up.
Also, flying from Canada, you cannot bring some fruits and veggies over the line. (You can look on the US Customs web site, but I know tomatoes are a definate no no, that and Kinder Suprise chocolate eggs :confused3)

Have a wonderful time!

Judique
02-26-2011, 07:02 AM
I always pack snacks & cereal. I use tupperware containers and everything arrives fine.
Just DO NOT pack peanut butter. Your luggage WILL be opened and searched. The density is the same as explosives and the xray machine will pick that up.
Also, flying from Canada, you cannot bring some fruits and veggies over the line. (You can look on the US Customs web site, but I know tomatoes are a definate no no, that and Kinder Suprise chocolate eggs :confused3)

Have a wonderful time!

I was curious about the Kinder Suprise and went to Wiki and found this:

Prohibition on sale or import into the United States:

While Kinder eggs have been available in Canada since 1975, the product has never been allowed into the US for several reasons. In 1993 the Ferrero Group (the maker of Kinder eggs) applied to have the eggs sold in the USA, but was turned down because of a prohibition against having an inedible item inside an edible object. More recently, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission determined in 2008 that the product did not meet the small-parts requirement for toys for children under the age of three, creating a choking and aspiration hazard in young children. Since 1991, at least 7 children worldwide have died of choking after swallowing the toy inside the Kinder egg[6].

On January 10, 2011, it was reported that a Kinder egg was seized from a woman's car during a random inspection while entering the United States from Canada. She was informed that bringing the egg into the United States could result in a $300 fine.[3] Seizures such as that one, and even the prohibition of the product itself, have been cited on political blogs and web forums as an example of an overzealous application of law and an intrusion upon personal liberty.[7] The rationale against a ban of the product also takes the form that deaths have been too few for it to be considered a serious danger. Additionally, the argument is made that there should be a consistent standard in place, with several worse dangers not being regulated, making it anomalous that a Kinder egg should be regulated


To answer OP's original topic:

I would say if you have to pay for shipping such as a luggage fee,etc, it's probably best to just do Garden Grocer or buy in the parks or shops. That would depend on how long you are staying and how many actual snacks you require. Over the years I've found that we don't eat that many snacks and often end up carting them back home and in worse condition then they arrived, smushed etc. A few things are good for us such as a box of cereal, then we buy a gallon of milk and our own coffee product as disney coffee is like dishwater to me.

If you are planning entire meals then carry on - the savings are probably worth it.

pampam
02-26-2011, 08:05 AM
We fly from Canada and have never had trouble taking peanut butter in our checked luggage.

MSSANDRA
02-26-2011, 08:29 AM
We have family that grew up with us here on the East coast and live now on the West coast. There are foods here they can not get there. Anytime anyone flies between the two coasts, lots of food items goes along in checked bags. The constant is jars of home-made pickles. Before 911 they also carried on coolers of ice with foods that could spoil but that of course had to stop. Those pickles also had to go from carry on to checked. They also check soft drinks but i have heard others telling horror stories. With all the extra baggage fees, might be cheaper to just buy on site!

Tinkershelly
02-26-2011, 10:11 AM
When crossing the border you cannot bring fresh food with you. Fruit, vegetables, meat are all not allowed. You can bring most processed food legally but be careful of things that can break open in the checked baggage. A box of cereal that has opened in the bagage will be a bit crummy but a broken jar of jam will be a very large problem.

Also if you are bringing a whole checked bag full of food and your airline is going to charge you $25 for that extra bag (and another $25 to bring it home!) it might be better to put in an order for food to be delivered to you locally. That way you can also include a case of bottled water, fresh fruit, some fresh dairy and maybe a bottle or two of wine in that order and be a bit better off.

dntd
02-26-2011, 06:46 PM
This trip being on the ddp not the dxdp I am planning on packing things for bf. I am debating using garden grocer but I'm not sure.

pampam
02-26-2011, 07:56 PM
When crossing the border you cannot bring fresh food with you. Fruit, vegetables, meat are all not allowed. You can bring most processed food legally but be careful of things that can break open in the checked baggage. A box of cereal that has opened in the bagage will be a bit crummy but a broken jar of jam will be a very large problem.

Also if you are bringing a whole checked bag full of food and your airline is going to charge you $25 for that extra bag (and another $25 to bring it home!) it might be better to put in an order for food to be delivered to you locally. That way you can also include a case of bottled water, fresh fruit, some fresh dairy and maybe a bottle or two of wine in that order and be a bit better off.

I'm not sure which border you are refering to, but DH drives truck between Ont. and Mich. and he's ok with hamburger. He can't take lettuce or tomato for them, but every week he cooks up his burgers for his lunch with mustard and relish on the side . But you are right about the fruits and veggies though.

Tinkershelly
02-27-2011, 02:38 PM
I'm not sure which border you are refering to, but DH drives truck between Ont. and Mich. and he's ok with hamburger. He can't take lettuce or tomato for them, but every week he cooks up his burgers for his lunch with mustard and relish on the side . But you are right about the fruits and veggies though.

I'm referring to the Canadian/US border, specifically via air. The checked luggage is screened by various means including dogs and they will confiscate meat products. There was a display by border patrol officers in our local mall last week and I was shocked by what some people thought was appropriate to pack, not just food though:scared1:. When filling out the "crossing the border" forms they always ask if you have food to declare. This includes meat/meat products, dairy, fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts. This is the same list for heading into the US.

Perhaps travelling by truck there are different rules or perhaps they are applied differently.;)