Today I’m lucky enough to send an update from FLORIDA, where I’m spending the weekend (woohoo!). Traveling from my home to my hometown is an all-day affair, so I thought I’d take this chance to talk about how I keep myself nourished on a cross-country flight… because life’s too short to subsist on the world’s smallest bag of pretzels.
My kit includes things that:
- Are without liquids – the only reason TSA will confiscate your munchies are if they are jealous that your lunch looks better than theirs!
- Are shelf-stable at room temperature – cold-packs are a no-go through security, so we gotta stick with foods that will be safe.
- Supply good doses of the nutrients and fiber that are tough to get enough of when traveling.
- Easy to eat in cramped conditions.
- Inoffensive to your seatmates – nothing is worse than sitting next to smelly food.
- Interesting enough that we’re not tempted to ditch them in favor of whatever terrible airport food that we’ll regret later.
Get out a couple pieces of tupperware or some of my favorite reusable snack bags, and let’s fill ’em up with goodies!
Old faithful. The sandwich that feels right whether your flight overlaps with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This one uses my banana jam (I’m addicted). This is a personal quirk, but as a kid my mom made PB&J with a sprinkle of wheat germ in the middle, and I still do it to this day. It gives a little extra texture and nutty flavor, and also boosts the protein and B vitamins. Cut the sandwich into quarters, so you can stretch out your grazing.
On-the-Go Sliced Apple
I first saw this trick – where else? – on Pinterest. That’s a rubber band that keeps the slices together. It seems a little fussy, but really just takes a second and is a nice feature in any packed lunch. In the tight quarters of the airplane, I just like being able to nibble on a dainty stick rather than gnaw my way through the whole fruit.
Instead of chips or pretzels, I like to munch on something with a little more substance. This may seem like an odd combination, but cheesy goldfish crackers actually really compliment the hint of brown sugar in Quaker Oatmeal Squares. Both are whole-grain (although the Goldfish aren’t 100%) and hit all the right notes for salty-sweet cravings.
Sturdy, travel-friendly vegetables that can hold up to the perils of the inside of your purse. Enough said!
Don’t succumb to overpriced post-security candy impulse buys. Grant invented this genius combo of dark chocolate and freeze-dried strawberries, which packs some antioxidant power into your treats. Be mindful of the fact that the reusable snack bags are not airtight, so if you’re in humid conditions the strawberries may begin to rehydrate. Take that as my permission to start with dessert!
That kept me satisfied for the trip, but I’m thinking I could use a few fresh ideas for my return flight! What are your go-to travel-friendly snacks?