Healthiest Travel Snacks | Flying Edition

Hi all!  I haven’t gotten into it too much on the blog quite yet, but I am a travel fanatic! I have traveled all over the world and in a few weeks I’m going to check several more places (Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, etc.) off my list.  I can’t wait to write about it!  I focus on food on the majority of trips I take (shocking, I know!).  Although I’m pumped to try some exotic, new foods when I get to my destination, I know that the airlines are not going to give me very good options on my way there.

I’ve flown 25+ hours to fly around the world.  That’s a lot of time to eat snacks : )

healthy travel snacks

 

Whatever you bring, you want it to (1) be easy to eat on a plane, (2) not smell, and (3) stay well in your bag.

I try to bring a variety of snacks to combat the sweet, salty, and savory cravings that may strike.  Here are some ideas of things you can bring along with you if you’re traveling by plane:

  1. Fresh fruit you can eat with minimal mess: grapes, apples, pears, blueberries, banana.  I wash everything before I go to the airport, and pack them in Ziploc bags with a paper towel for easy eating.
  2. Veggies: cut up peppers, cucumbers, baby carrots, or other similar veggies and pack in a small lunchbox/cooler bag to bring on the plane.
  3. Hummus package: see #2.
  4. Good quality dark chocolate.
  5. Popcorn: I love taking Boom Chicka Pop and putting some in a Ziploc bag for the plane ride.
  6. Gum and mints.
  7. Lara Bars and KIND bars: Try to grab the KIND bars that have less than 5 grams of sugar so it’s more of a snack than a dessert.
  8. Justin’s Almond Butter or Peanut Butter packets: these are a life saver.  Keep a few in  your carry on to add quick protein and healthy fats to airport oatmeal (from Starbucks!), a piece of fruit (i.e. apple, banana), or some veggies (i.e. carrots, celery).
  9. Trail mix: either make your own healthy mix ahead of time, or grab some of the healthier options from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, or Wegmans.
  10. Dried items: roasted chickpeas for some protein/fiber, raw almonds for protein and healthy fats, or dried fruit (with no added sugar) for something sweet.
  11. Protein Powder: to make your own packets, put 1 scoop in a snack sized Ziploc bag.  Bring a packet for each day you are away.  It’s so easy to toss in a glass of water, milk, or non-dairy alternative and have a quick protein-rich drink on the go.

Here’s an airport tip in case you need a healthy breakfast on the go –> if there’s a Starbucks or other coffee shop nearby, grab an oatmeal (it’s a much better option than that stale bagel that’s been sitting in the airport for 3 weeks) and use the banana and Justin’s almond/peanut butter packet you brought to create a more filling breakfast.  I like to slice the banana and add the nut butter on top.

Here’s an example of what I brought with me on a recent trip to Denver, CO:

travel snacks

Are there any snacks you like to bring with you when you travel? Is there anything you look forward to in the airport or on the plane? Who can resist airplane peanuts?! (Although I noticed they don’t serve them much anymore!)


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1 Comment

  1. love all of those snacks and generally travel with everything you listed- except veggies… I have never brought those! But I always bring bars and trail mix and other easily snackable items.

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