I’m going to London soon and already know I’ll be stocking up on plenty of food at Borough Market to bring home. I’m scared that some of the containers may break if I check everything in, but I’m not sure what semi-liquid items (things like spreads or butters) I can carry on. Is there any rule of thumb?  

Gordon New York, USA    

We’ve cut out the guesswork for you! Here’s an official list from the TSA of what type of foods you must check in:

  • Cranberry sauce
  • Creamy dips and spreads (cheeses, peanut butter, etc.)
  • Gift baskets with food items (salsa, jams and salad dressings)
  • Gravy
  • Jams
  • Jellies
  • Maple syrup
  • Oils and vinegars
  • Salad dressing
  • Salsa
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Wine, liquor and beer

They also mention that pies and cakes will be let through, but may be further screened.  

It seems like you'll have to check in the type of items you mentioned, so to avoid breakage, make sure you carefully wrap everything in bubble wrap. If you cushion them with clothes or other soft items for extra protection, you and your goodies should reach your destination safely.