The holidays are a busy time for travel: flying home to see the folks, driving with the kids to see grandma and grandpa, or maybe that annual reunion with your best friends from college. Whatever the reason, lots of people will be the move during the last 6 weeks or so of the year, and you know what people on the move need? Food. To fuel said moving.
It’s usually a challenge to pack food for a trip, especially if you’re flying. Most just plan on grabbing something on the way or buy something at the airport, and others will pack a sandwich and some chips and call it a day. Have a long road trip ahead? We usually pack sandwiches and chips for that, too. But I’m always open to ideas to make travel food more interesting and fun. Because let’s face it, there are so many things about traveling these days that just aren’t fun anymore. It’d be nice to reclaim some of that lost lustre.
We’ll talk about packing food for the plane this week, then we’ll tackle road trips next week. So tell us:
What are your favorite tips for packing food for the plane?
I tend to travel more by air than land, and always try to pack something from home. I like nibbling on food, and don’t usually get so famished that I need an entire meal. I’m also quite clumsy, so if I try to maneuver a large bowl of salad or a hefty sandwich on the plane, chances are, some of it will end up on my shirt and my lap. I’m usually on fairly long flights, so I like packing little bags of grapes, cherry tomatoes, nuts, pomegranate arils (with a spoon), olives, maybe grilled chicken strips or hardboiled eggs, and something savory and crunchy. Like a deconstructed salad, if you will. That way, if I start craving something, chances are I’ll have something to satisfy it. I love bringing hummus too, but that falls under the “no more than 3.4 ounces” rule, so I make sure I don’t bring more than that.
I once tried to bring a salad on the plane, and the dressing—which I packed in a separate, allegedly leakproof container—dressed the exterior of the salad container. Nice. (Like I said, clumsy.) I do love salads, so if you have any tips on packing one for the plane, I’m all ears!
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite foods to pack for a flight? Or even favorite ways to pack food? Or do you have a favorite place to go to grab food before takeoff? Come share below!