Flying soon? Snacks to pack for the plane

When you’re inside a carefully designed metal tube hurtling through the air at 35,000 feet, your culinary options are somewhat limited. (The yummy featured image is by ume-y.)

Avoid finding yourself at the mercy of hunger, or worse, an airline’s questionable cuisine – stow away one or two of these healthy airplane-friendly snacks.

NB: Be sure to check local security restrictions for carry-on items

Water

Dehydration can cause or exacerbate hunger, jet lag and fatigue. Almost every airport in the world has handily-sized bottles for sale airside (that’s beyond security).

Energy bars

Although they tend to be high in calories and fat, they are generally better than a slice of pizza or a chocolate bar / bag of sweets at the airport.

Single-portion cereal cups

Most legacy airlines offer free coffee and tea. Ask politely, and an in-flight attendant will probably sneak you some milk and a spoon.

Yogurt

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Yogurt

Yogurt is a great portable snack. Many airside shops stock it. Your airline should be able to supply you with a spoon if one isn’t provided with the pot.

Nuts

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Nuts

They’re an airline favourite for a reason. A good source of protein, small portions will quickly fend off hunger in small portions.

Fruit

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Fruit

Apples and oranges are best because they can withstand some rough treatment.

Beef jerky

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Beef jerky

Ideal for people monitoring their carb intake. Though watch out for the high salt content.

Dried fruits

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Dried fruits

Their portability offsets their high calorie (and sugar) count.

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