Pack Your Own Food for the Plane
By Debbie Nania
If you have flown anywhere in the last few years you now realize that the airlines no longer provide you with that marvelous meal. Ha! Instead, they offer you a tiny bag of pretzel chips or some similar cracker-type item in about a ½ oz. bag and the option to purchase a tiny boxed meal for $6.00. At least the old snack stand-by of peanuts was protein. This year, for my family’s annual vacation I decided to pack our own food. It was fun, affordable and so much healthier. I chose an insulated lunch box and managed to fit all of the food for my family of four in it. Depending on the size of your family, you may need more than one. You could also pack a separate lunch box for each person and include it as one of their two carry-ons.
My children have rarely been allowed to have pre-packed meals such as Kraft Lunchables, but for this trip I indulged their desire for the Pizza Lunchables. They stack perfectly in the lunch box and are fun to eat. Most of the Lunchables also come with a desert and often a drink. Check on the drink and choose one that doesn’t because of the airline rules on liquids. I realized as we were opening theirs that they both had juice in them, but security either didn’t catch it or let it go anyway.
I also packed sugar snap peas, carrots, rice crackers, slices of cheese, peanut butter on bagels, almonds and granola bars. We had a very early flight (5:00 am) so the bagels and granola bars were breakfast. A treat of candy or brownies would be fun too. Throw in some napkins and an ice-pack to keep things cold and you are set for happy snacking on the airplane. The best part was no more whining for food in the airport and having to wait in those long lines for expensive fast food.
Snacks to pack
- bagels, with or without peanut butter or cream cheese
- sandwiches ( avoid using mayo)
- sliced vegetables
- Individual salads with individual sized salad dressings
- small bags of chips
- sliced cheese
- Kraft/Oscar Mayer Lunchables
- condiments in individual packages, such as cream cheese, peanut butter, or mustard
Don't forget to throw in napkins, desert sized paper plates and a frozen ice-pack.
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