In a few weeks, my colleagues from the airline industry indicate that some limited food and beverage services will soon return for airplane travelers. It’s always a good idea to travel with your snacks as airport food is expensive, delays are unexpected but a regular occurrence, and you may have your own dietary needs. Here are a few snack ideas to keep in mind when you plan your travel to save you money and are healthy for you.
Fruit is one of my go-to travel snacks. Whole fruits like apples, pears, and bananas are great to have and travel well if packed correctly. Cut fruit is also a great choice, but it should be fully drained of liquid and chilled the night before departure. Another great idea is to freeze grapes, and they can also serve to keep the other cut fruit chilled. For security screening, clear Ziploc bags are best. Please remember that most fruit and vegetables are not allowed into international destinations. You are subject to fines, so please dispose of all your fruit before leaving the airplane to be safe.
Vegetables are also a great idea. Carrot, celery, cucumber, and broccoli are great choices. However, dips will have to be in containers less than 3 ounces to go through airport security, even if unopened. Salads are also a great choice, but they do not travel well. If your travel is over long distances and especially in the summer months, this is not a great travel snack idea. Like fruit, vegetables are also not allowed in many countries so remember to finish or dispose of them before you land in an international destination.
Avoid smelly snacks at all costs, and remember you are traveling in a confined space. Hard-boiled eggs are an easy snack to travel with, but I would not recommend them. Similarly, meals like smoked salmon and tuna can also be quite smelly and not great choices for travel in public transportation.
Sandwiches are another excellent choice as a travel snack. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are great, but if you want to make other sandwiches, it would be advisable to carry disposable condiment packages like mayo and mustard to use when ready for your snack. Additionally, wrapping fillings like lettuce, tomato, and pickles separately makes for a fresher sandwich when you are ready to snack.
Air pressure and gas.
More than anything, remember that air travel often creates gassy conditions for most travelers. Most importantly, if you know how your body reacts to certain foods, please refrain from them on the airplane. It creates a better environment, not only for you but for the travelers and flight attendants who have to contend with your problems. Also, many people have food allergies like peanuts, and it can be dangerous for them, so please be aware of how your snack choices may affect others.
I hope this blog post has given you pause for thought in your travel snack ideas. Have you had any experiences carrying or having to deal with other travelers’ snack choices? I’d like to know.