Monday, July 7, 2014

Healthy Airplane Food Packing List

Happy Monday! I'm flying back home today after a wonderful long weekend full of family, food, and tons of quality time with the bf. 

As you may have noticed, I do a lot of flying AND a lot of eating. With the end of free food plane food on domestic trips and the crazy cost/questionable content of airport food, I try to pack most or all of the food I need for the plane. For anyone else hopping on a plane soon, here are my go to foods to pack for air travel:


Because of carry-on size limits and my lack of upper body strength, I don't usually pack ALL the above ingredients on every trip. But the list does give me a nice starting point to put together a mix of plane food depending on the time and length of my flights. For example, here's what I packed and why for today's 5.5 hour morning flight and 2 hour bus ride:



  • Bottled water - Hydrating during air travel is key and airport bottled water goes for like $4 a pop. So, if I don't have a reusable bottle I'll buy a cheap bottle of water (49 cents at TJ's. holla!), drink it on the drive to the airport, and refill at a foundation after security.
  • Greek yogurt - With plenty of protein and pretty stable for short periods of time, this is my go-to for a plane breakfast. And Greek yogurt (so far) seems to be solid enough that it isn't counted as a liquid during security.
  • Protein bar - Pretty much the easiest/most packable meal option. I ate this bar with the Greek yogurt for a great under 400 calorie breakfast.
  • Snack bar - Again, a super easy portable snack. I have to be careful not to pack too many though, since it's really easy to eat like 10 delicious Larabar's which is way more calories than I need. 
  • Packaged salad - I find salads with hearty greens like kale and not a lot of soft, watery components travel better. And definitely keep any dressing on the side in your quart-sized plastic bag so you don't get soggy lettuce.
  • Snap peas - My favorite travel snack of all time. Lots of satisfying crunch and filling fiber for very few calories if you just need something to munch on.
  • Apples - Hard enough to still be edible after rolling around at the bottom of your purse, apples are hands down the best travel fruit.
  • Plums - Plums don't travel as well as apples but still do ok if they are not too ripe.
  • Plastic silverware - It's not a huge deal to forget to bring silverware as you can usually find some at the food court or on board if you ask nicely.
Q: Do you pack food for the plane? Have any go-to travel foods?

10 comments:

  1. Great list! I always struggle with this and end up bringing a snack bar and being bored with it and buying airport food haha.

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    1. Lol I know right? Airports always make me want a breakfast sandwich! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. What a fun post! I always pack snacks (some not so healthy though).

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    1. Thanks! I try to stay healthy with the snacks I bring, because I know the snacks I buy will probably be the tempting/unhealthy ones :)

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  3. Will have this list in mind for my Turkey trip in a couple weeks (emailing you this week :) )! I usually bring a Luna Bar - fruit is such a good idea!

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    1. Ooh yay so excited for your Turkey trip! Fruit is especially great for the plane ride back since they usually don't let you bring water on international flights to the US :)

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I am going to be traveling soon and I'm a little worried about eating too unthealthy while away...are these foods able to travel internationally?

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    1. Glad it was helpful Janelle! What kind of foods you can technically bring through customs depends on the country, but everything above is fine for the airplane over international waters. I usually also bring a bunch of bars with me for emergency breakfasts or snacks when I am running around and don't have time to pick stuff up. Most places peel-able fruit and dried nuts are widely available good healthy snack options to pick up after arrival too!

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  5. Good list! I would have never tried to bring Greek yogurt, but now I will! I love almonds with raisins for traveling. Crunchy yet sweet but not messy!

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    1. Thanks Michele! Mmm love almonds and dried fruit. Great addition!

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