Nothing based on fear here, Tarah! :)
All simple common knowledge.
In Hawaii, there is absolutely NO agriculture of any kind, and this is enforced by dogs that sniff out any and every piece of it. If you do end up with it, you are fortunate that they missed you, and it is possible.
but you are checked 3 times before you even get to your get specifically for this reason.
Also, if you happen to be crossing through the mexican border before you get into the US, they demand you give them all of your fruit and veg. Sometimes you can get by (I am guilty of this, actually accidentally) but if they decided to check my car, they would have taken it from me.
There are a lot of things like this to protect the agriculture, and make sure it doesn't cross with international seeds for one reason or the other. It's standard procedure for a lot of places
All my love
That's quite strict, but makes sense.
Driving over borders is a whole different story. I would never expect to get through a border with fruit!
I had a back pack full of apples when I went to Canada. I wonder if their rules are different? The U.S. took all my Caribbean fruit from me when I came back. Oh, how I wish I could have had my Caribbean guavas come back with me!
Apples. They may not have the caloric density but they travel well. Oranges are my other choice for the same reason and they help me to feel less dehydrated. Air travel is very dehydrating for me and I also tend to feel stopped up, not quite constipated, but uncomfortable. Oranges help me with that. I have done the dried fruit thing and it does not make me feel very good. Bananas have been a nightmare for me ... too fragile while on the go. I have put them in locking plastic containers that I intended to use while backpacking around. The plastic containers double as eating containers when not for squishable bananas.
I have a hard time not being able to bring a pocket knife any longer. My first backpacking trip across Europe, I was able to take my swiss army knife. Now, there is no way to keep that with you in your carry on pack. I never used to check bagsand only had a standard pack that I could carry on.