Travelling with Solid Food Items

Travelling with Solid Food Items

Did you know that solid food items, such as sandwiches, apples and granola bars, are permitted in both your carry-on and checked baggage when travelling within Canada? If your destination is outside of Canada, any food not consumed, including food in checked baggage, will be subject to the regulations of the country you are visiting.

Some food items may be subject to restrictions. This includes liquids and any foods that are mashed, puréed or mixed in a sauce (i.e. mashed potatoes, smoothies, chilli or stews).

Examples of solid food items you can take on the plane: 

Packaged foods

Non-packaged foods


  • Granola bars
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Hard candies
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Chocolate bars
  • Nuts
  • Fresh fruit (apples, bananas, oranges, etc.)
  • Meat
  • Cheese slices or cubes
  • Vegetables
  • Muffins
  • Sandwiches
  • Protein powder (does not need to be transported in its original container)
  • Supplements 

You can check our What Can I Bring? list for other examples of food and drink that you can bring on the plane.

If you are planning to bring food from a foreign country into Canada, you should check with your airline or Canada Border Services Agency’s website as some restrictions may apply.

If you plan to bring food products from Canada into another country, you should contact the appropriate foreign office accredited to Canada or the customs authority of the country of your destination.

Food preparation items

If you plan to prep your food on the go, keep in mind that small kitchen appliances with blades are not permitted in carry-on baggage. Examples include:

  • Personal/hand-held blenders
  • Coffee grinders
  • Cheese slicers

What happens if you bring non-permitted item to a pre-board security screening checkpoint?

If your item does not pass pre-board screening for carry-on baggage, you may:

  • Leave it with a friend or family member who is not travelling and still at the airport;
  • Ask your airline representative to re-book you on a later flight, allowing you time to make other arrangements; or
  • Ship the item via mail, cargo or courier. Please keep in mind that shipping options vary at airports.

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