Your quick guide to liquids in hand luggage rules

Marmite, Nutella and baked beans - the dos and don’ts of liquids in hand luggage.

If you're still confused about the liquids in hand luggage rules and what constitutes a liquid, don't worry, you're not alone.

All manner of food products that are deemed liquids have been confiscated at every UK airport because passengers have not realised these are considered liquid.

If you’re flying this year, and are confused about what you can and can’t take in your hand luggage then check out our helpful guide:

  • In short, all liquid goods cannot be carried in quantities larger than 100ml 
  • These products must be placed in a clear, resealable plastic bag
  • This bag should be approximately 20cm x 20cm
  • It must be resealable, not tied in a knot or bound with a food tag 
  • Only one plastic bag of liquid goods per passenger is allowed.

So what constitutes a ‘liquid’ product?

  • All drinks, including water
  • Liquid or semi-liquid foods, e.g. soup, yoghurt, jam, honey, syrups, Marmite, Nutella and baked beans 
  • Cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, mascara and lip gloss 
  • Sprays, including shaving foam, hairspray and spray deodorants 
  • Pastes, including toothpaste 
  • Gels, such as hair and shower gel
  • Contact lens solution 
  • And any other solutions and items of similar consistency.

If you are carrying a small amount of a liquid – less than 100ml – in a container larger than 100ml, you will not be permitted to carry it in your hand luggage and it will be confiscated at security.

Larger Duty Free Liquid Goods

You are, of course, free to purchase duty free liquid goods and carry them with you on to the plane. However, when you purchase these, they will be placed in a carrier bag which will then be sealed. You are not permitted to break this seal until you have disembarked the aircraft at your destination.


Liquid medicines are permitted in quantities greater than 100ml, however, it should be accompanied by a Doctor’s note. It should also be in a resealable container so that it can be tested by the patient when requested at security.

Baby Milk & Baby Food

Baby milk, breast and formula, is permitted in your hand luggage in quantities greater than 100ml. This also includes sterilised water in baby bottles (that will later be made up into formula milk). It will need to be carried in resealable containers as you will be asked to test it by security staff.