Pack your own travel meals and save money and stay healthy

pack your own travel meals

Food choices at the airport can be abysmal so let’s pack a healthy punch!

Loaded with fat and calories—gobbling up a gut bomb is no way to start (or end) a great trip. Food options on airplanes have become more and more limited and you’re lucky to get a pack of pretzels or crackers. Unless you are traveling in business or first class, it’s unlikely you’ll have many options for food the next time you fly. We’ll show you the best ways to pack your own travel meals at home to be fully prepared.

It’s possible to buy food at the airport after you pass through security and take it onto the plane.  But if you’re short on time, don’t care for the airport’s food offerings, or have food allergies, you might struggle to find something to eat. 

If you want to save money and calories on foods you know you like, the best thing to do is to pack your own travel meals at home and bring them with you.

Sandwiches, wraps, and salads are easy to carry and eat on an airplane. You can make your own or purchase them from your favorite grocery store or restaurant. Be sure to carry them in secure containers to prevent leaks and remember to pack utensils.

Think about packing fruits that travel well, such as bananas, oranges, grapes, and apples. Before leaving for the airport, be sure to wash your fruit at home. Dry food such as granola bars, crackers, and chips are also easy to carry and don’t require refrigeration. You can pack your own dips, like guacamole or hummus, in travel-sized containers or purchase to-go containers to bring with you.

If you are traveling internationally, be sure to eat or discard all meats, vegetables, and fruits you bring with you before you land.  You will not be permitted to bring them past the customs checkpoint. 

Consider Your Fellow Passengers

Take your fellow passengers into account when you pack your own travel meals. Although peanuts and tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, and more) make great portable snacks, many people are allergic to one or both types of nuts. If you pack nuts, wipe down your area after you eat, just in case.

You should also avoid foods with strong odors that might irritate your fellow passengers like pungent cheeses, smelly sandwiches or anything heavily seasoned with garlic or onions.

Here are a couple more great ideas that you can use: