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How to Carry-On Your Marmite in Hand Luggage

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My husband is a genius. OK, sometimes he’s not, but today he is. A few months ago he had my precious Marmite confiscated by security as he boarded his Romania-bound flight in Luton, leaving me Marmite-less for another few months. That was an example of him not being a genius. Yesterday, he arrived triumphant with Marmite carried legally through airport security checks in his carry on hand luggage. Want to know how to carry Marmite on airlines? We have the Marmite (or Vegemite if you’re a weirdo) carrying solution you need.

Everyone knows you can’t take liquids through customs. Is Marmite a liquid?

Well, as a scientist I’d say no, it doesn’t change shape to fill the container it’s in unless it’s very warm, but that doesn’t matter to airport security, if they say it’s a liquid, it’s a liquid.

That goes for toothpaste too, if you were wondering.

I have a lovely post on how to travel carry on only if you’d like more information on how we do that.

Mostly we don’t, we like to have all the things we need, but on short trips to single climates with no gear requirements, sure, it’s fine.

So back to the Marmite.

You are mostly allowed to take liquids onto the plane in your carry-on or hand luggage, if the volume of a single bottle or container is 100 ml or less and if those bottles or containers are all housed in a single clear plastic bag.

Most decent airports give these bags out for free, the budget ones, like Luton, tend to charge you a pound and often run out.

I’ve used supermarket bought zip lock bags and got away with it, but I don’t know if this is foolproof. Our usual solution is to grab a handful when we’re at an airport that supplies the plastic bags for free.

So how to get the thick, gloopy, almost-solid Marmite in 100 ml containers?

Easy Squeezy Marmite!

My genius husband went out and bought a large container of squeezy Marmite and painstakingly filled 4 100ml plastic bottles with our favourite yeasty spread. That’s better than any Valentine’s card.

Check your bottles are suitable for food use and BPA free if you are concerned about these things. I don’t think the ones intended for cosmetics, are

Well done Chef, I now know why I married you 😉

Chef's Marmite smuggling triumph.
Nice one Chef!

For Marmite smugglers and fans of the best British food, for Pinterest

How to pack Marmite in your carry on luggage

While Marmite (and Vegemite) are widely available around the world, in most countries, some countries do not have such luxuries. Romania was one such country at that time and Chef’s frequent trips to London would normally keep us supplied with Marmite and Jaffa Cakes in our little farmhouse in Breb, Romania.

Over to you, tell us your confiscation stories or tips and hacks in the comments.

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Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I bought a jar of Vegemite (220 grams) and tried to take it through airport security in the US. The X-ray machines detected it immediately. The security guy pulled the jar out and stared at it. He conferred with a fellow guy and they remained puzzled. They removed the lid and looked at its contents. I tried to make a joke: "It's Vegemite, not dynamite". Alas, those fellows have not cultivated a sense of humour. They called over a supervisor who declared that it was a gel and that it would have to be confiscated.

Alyson for World Travel Family

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Probably not a word you should use in that part of the airport. Vegemite is a lot more solid than Marmite, and more opaque. It's less liquid, but still not solid. Bad luck Kenny (ps Vegemite is disgusting, go with the good stuff instead ;) )

Caroline Ellis

Tuesday 14th of February 2023

I don't know if you can still buy the 70g jars from Poundland but I have a jar of that size which I just refill to take on holiday.


Friday 1st of July 2022

A 125g jar of marmite contains less than 100ml of Marmite. It's a matter of relative density, "liquid" or not. I approached Unilever on this matter suggesting that they put the volume as well as the weight of the contents on the container - as with Heinz tomato ketchup. They wouldn't confirm the relative density of Marmite, citing "trade secrets". However if you get an empty 125 jar you can easily measure it's volume... and it's well under 100ml.

Who is prepared to stand up to the "jobsworths" at airport security?

Alyson for World Travel Family

Friday 1st of July 2022

That's an interesting point! As we no longer live in a country devoid of Marmite, we haven't had to worry about this in a while. But go you!


Monday 7th of October 2019

Brilliant! I’m ordering some 100ml bottles today so I can use this trick.. My marmite supplies are running worryingly low here in Iceland. For a while our newly arrived Costco was selling marmite in big tubs, so I thought my troubles were over, but not surprisingly, they only sold a few tubs, so they have stopped stocking it..

Mr David R Carter

Sunday 11th of August 2019

i took 150g vegemite to las vegas but in checked luggage, just for fun end up trading it for a cowboy belt and a holster. wish it was available in 50gram jars, there is a commercial food shop near us that sells it in the breakfast single serve size 4.8grams along with a host of other very Australian items like our bbq sauce. Our Fiji trip we asked for bbq sauce and they just kept giving us HP Steak Sauce.

Alyson Long

Sunday 11th of August 2019

I've never tried Australian BBQ sauce.

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