The food list of what we can and cannot bring on a plane can be confusing, we know that there are 100ml restrictions on toiletries and general liquids, but what about for foods such as spices?
There is no ban on spices to take on your hand luggage as long as it is a dried type of spice in ground spices form or dried leaf form. Ground spices would have to be in a container under 350ml as they are powder substances and for fresh spices, you might have to declare them according to country of origin.
We have put together a short guide below that will cover additional rules for bringing spices on the plane and other foods so as you can avoid running into problems with your luggage on flights.
Most countries do not have rules about ground spice being imported as long as they are carried in quantities under the 350ml limit, however, there are a few exceptions to be aware of.
In New Zealand, you must declare all food that you bring into the country, and if you are carrying ground spices you are not permitted to bring any amounting over 1kg into the country. For people who are travelling from India to Japan, there has also been said to have a rule that you can't bring spices such as chilli powder into the country.
Most solid food can be carried in-flight with no issues but it's good to have an idea before you fly about what your destination country will allow in and how much food you can bring in your luggage in quantities.
To help your figure out what food you can bring in your carry-on, we have made a list below of what is not permitted so as you can avoid hold up with security on your trip.
Can I take baby food in my carry on?
Yes, for baby food there is no limit on the quantities you can take through and the same goes for breast milk as long as it is in a reasonable quantity for the duration of your flight.
Is it possible to pack fresh spices in my carry on?
Many countries might not allow you to bring fresh spices in without declaring them, for some destinations you may need a Phytosanitary certificate.
Do powdery spices have a limit?
Yes, powdery spices now have a limit of 350ml and should be carried in this container size only otherwise they may be subject to further screening.
Overall, dried power spices are fine to bring in your hand luggage the majority of the time, just make sure they are not in containers over 350ml and double-check with the destination you are entering beforehand to see if there are any rules regarding bringing in spices.