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What food/snacks would I be allowed to bring on a flight from Canada to England?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 03, 2012 at 4:21 AM

I'm about to embark on a trip from Toronto to London, and though I have some good ideas for transportable snacks, I am unfamiliar with the regulations regarding what I am permitted to bring through customs. While I am perfectly fine with having a hearty breakfast and then fasting for the flight, my traveling partner isn't comfortable with me doing so. Admittedly, it might be a good idea to have something incase of delays, or other such unforeseen situations. In other threads of a similar nature, people have mentioned hardboiled eggs, mashed sweet potatoes, cured meats, nuts, pre-cooked meal in tupperware...which all sound like fantastic ideas! I just want to know what won't get me stopped at the gate, or my food tossed in the trash.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on March 03, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Yeah, I used an empty butter container (1 lb) and filled it up with mashed sweet potatoes (with lots of butter) and scrambled eggs/smoked salmon on one trip and hard boiled eggs on another. both worked great

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on March 03, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Thanks Jeff! I'll probably end up bringing some mashed sweet potatoes and some eggs. I think sardines might earn me more enemies than friends on such a long flight. ; )

F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on March 03, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Thanks so much for the insider perspective! I feel confident packing some solid food now that I'm armed with the knowledge that I won't be forced to toss it before I even get on the plane. Definitely won't mess around with the UK border agents. Whatever I do pack will absolutely be devoured!

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on March 03, 2012
at 02:04 PM

haha, well I may have eaten them in the airport waiting area before the plane

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on March 03, 2012
at 08:21 AM

I agree with you in general, but out of politeness I would not bring sardines onto a plane.

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D5dff6376e17373751ccf4a10aaa0b34

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on March 03, 2012
at 08:26 AM

You can bring almost anything you want, you only go though customs after you land. Do not plan on bringing meat or cheese into the uk though. You can do it, but the rules are vague and it would be a hassle if you were caught not declaring it. uK border agents don't mess around. So, eat everything on the plane and toss leftovers.

Obviously you can't bring a lot of liquids with you.

Btw I am an American living in the uk, so I do this trip a lot.

F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on March 03, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Thanks so much for the insider perspective! I feel confident packing some solid food now that I'm armed with the knowledge that I won't be forced to toss it before I even get on the plane. Definitely won't mess around with the UK border agents. Whatever I do pack will absolutely be devoured!

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on March 03, 2012
at 05:22 AM

You should be fine getting things on the plane, as long as they're not in glass containers or liquids. I've brought mashed sweet potatoes and scrambled eggs, as well as hard boiled eggs, sardines, dates, jerky, and nuts. If they question you (which I highly doubt, just say you have a food allergy)

If you eat everything on the plane you'll have no problem. I can't remember the exact rules for landing in the UK, but I'm pretty sure you can bring in any meat or produce.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on March 03, 2012
at 02:04 PM

haha, well I may have eaten them in the airport waiting area before the plane

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on March 03, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Yeah, I used an empty butter container (1 lb) and filled it up with mashed sweet potatoes (with lots of butter) and scrambled eggs/smoked salmon on one trip and hard boiled eggs on another. both worked great

D5dff6376e17373751ccf4a10aaa0b34

(274)

on March 03, 2012
at 08:21 AM

I agree with you in general, but out of politeness I would not bring sardines onto a plane.

F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on March 03, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Thanks Jeff! I'll probably end up bringing some mashed sweet potatoes and some eggs. I think sardines might earn me more enemies than friends on such a long flight. ; )

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