Eating on the go can get expensive, and healthy food options tend to be quite limited. Many domestic flights don’t serve meals these days, and even if the airline does provide you with something to eat, it’s a bit of a gamble on whether or not it will be to your liking. Keeping in mind TSA’s liquid restrictions, consideration of your fellow passengers, and convenience, the following tips offer easy, carry-on meal options.
Fruit and Veggies
Apples, grapes, carrot sticks, and celery are simple to eat in flight and won’t make a big mess. Peanut butter, salad dressing, cream cheese, yogurt, and apple sauce are all considered liquids by TSA, so limit these items to 3.4 ounce portions. Review the TSA 3-1-1 for Carry-on’s policy before you pack, too. Otherwise it may come down to having to make a decision on whether you should part with your shampoo or hummus at the security checkpoint.
Roll-ups make a great sandwich to munch on midair, because you don’t have to worry about the bread getting soggy. You can also pick up your favorite sandwich on your way to the airport. Just remember that mayo, cheese and meats have a shorter lifespan. If you are saving the meal for much later, go with a veggie selection.
Dried fruit and nuts (avoid peanuts) are a much healthier, filling snack choice than potato chips or candy. For those early morning flights, consider bringing a pack of instant oatmeal or cereal. Just ask the flight attendant for hot water or milk during the beverage service.
Empty Water Bottle
Once you have passed through the security checkpoint, you can fill the water bottle up at one of the drinking fountains. There are also terrific products like Camelbak’s stainless steel (BPA free) bottle with a filter, if you aren’t too keen on drinking tap water.
A Few More Useful Tips
Pack on the lighter side for international flights. Customs may not permit certain foods items into the country.
Don’t bring peanuts with you, as someone could have a food allergy to them.
Be considerate of other passengers when selecting food for your travels; if it has a strong odor, don’t bring it. Tuna fish, stinky cheese, garlic, and onions should stay at home.
There’s no need to fly hungry or feel forced into buying expensive food-to-go at the airport. Just sit back, relax with a decent snack in hand, and enjoy the in-flight movie. Call 1-800-Fly-Europe for the best prices on flights to Belgium, Japan, South Africa, and many more international destinations.