It happens to everyone. You tell yourself, “I will NOT buy Cinnabon, Starbucks, McDonalds (insert your favorite fast food here), etc. at the airport. I’ll wait to eat something when I get to my final destination.” What actually happens? You get stressed out via TSA and airport security, the person next to you is munching on french fries, and when the smells of a bold roast and cinnamon-y, frosted goodness greets your nose, you drop $20 and buy that treat. I’ve found that a good way to combat this bad habit is to pack healthy, convenient and delicious snacks in your carry on. Below are seven foods to pack for airline travel that you will almost always find in my purse.
Seven Healthy & Convenient Foods to Pack For Airline Travel
- Nuts: I tend to buy the pre-packaged snack size packs so that I don’t overeat. This is a great source of protein!
- Energy bars: My friend Jenna introduced me to RXBars and I love the berry flavor. They are a bit pricey, but with 12 grams of protein in each bar, I’m okay with the extra $$ spent.
- Cheese sticks: Cheese is actually supposed to be served at room temperature, so don’t worry about them getting a little warm. I think they taste better that way! Again, I’m a broken record, but cheese sticks are a good source of protein as well! Also, this is one of my favorite snacks regardless of airline travel.
- Fruit snacks or gummies: Okay, so maybe this isn’t the most healthy snack, but you can buy the kinds that are made with real fruit juice and have reduced sugar. I love Welch’s and Black Forest Gummies. You’re going to pass about 10 stores selling candy, so do your sweet tooth (and wallet) a favor by purchasing some BEFORE you get to the airport.
- Clementines/tangerines/oranges: These citrus fruits are delicious, don’t bruise, are easy to eat, and they smell good!
- Veggies: I like to bring carrot sticks or crunchy snow pea-pods to get a serving of vegetables! I tend to find that I eat very few vegetables while traveling, so I might as well bring a serving of my own on the plane.
- Empty water bottle + flavor packets: I’m on a kick to drink more water but sometimes plain water just won’t do the trick. I like to bring a few Propel packets with me to encourage myself to down more agua. Also, sometimes you get seated towards the back of the plane and are the last person to receive the beverage cart options. You also might fly on a budget airline that doesn’t offer much in the drink/snack department, so bringing an empty water bottle and filling it up at the drinking fountain post-security is a great habit to develop.
Things to keep in mind:
- Choose foods that aren’t smelly. Your seatmate will thank you.
- Choose items you’ll actually enjoy eating…or else those foods will stay in your carry-on and you’ll end up buying fast food anyways.
- Eat items that will make you feel good about yourself. No one eats a quarter pounder, french fries and a large Coke and says, “I feel great!” Add a long flight and you’ll regret your decision even more.
- Stay hydrated. Drink the water! Drink the water! (Your parched airplane skin will also thank you.)
- Don’t pack items that melt easily. Oh goodness. One time I packed a Reese’s cup in my coat only to stick my hand in my pocket and find melted chocolate EVERYWHERE. UGHHHH. Don’t bring chocolate.
- Be sure to pack your food items in a clear bag and place them in the bin when going through security.
Hopefully this post encouraged you to pack your own healthy and delicious snacks on your next flight!
What snacks do you pack while flying?