Flying While Hangry: A Guide To Eating Well On Your Travels Without Breaking The Bank
Imagine this — it’s hour one into your long haul journey and as the thirst starts to set in and your tummy rumbles you realize there’s no complimentary food or beverages on this flight. You're now forced to make a choice: pay an exorbitant amount of money for a tiny snack and drink that will quench your thirst and hunger for the next hour or brace yourself to suffer through the next six hours and maybe take a risk and drink some of that sweet, sweet lavatory water.*
*Please do not drink the lavatory water.
The End Of Full-Service Flights
The days of full-service flights have long come and gone and it’s become increasingly common amongst budget and regular airlines to charge fees from anything to checked bags and the life-sustaining goodness that is water. Depending on the airline and flight length, you may be lucky enough to get the full-service treatment, but this is often reserved for much longer flights on legacy carriers such as Delta, American, and United Airlines.
If you want to avoid paying out of pocket to keep yourself fed and watered, then it is worthwhile to bring along your own food and beverages. It will require a bit of extra planning and a re-evaluation of your packing skills, but it’ll be well worth the savings. So, if you’re sick of paying an arm and a leg for airport and airline food, but don’t want to suffer on your next journey, then be sure to follow these four steps below to avoid a hangry travel experience.
1. Bring A Water Bottle
2. Bring Some Fruits And Vegetables Along
Fruits and veggies are not only healthy and packed with the nutrients you need to fend off germs from other passengers, but they also are a great source of extra water. You can easily cut them up and put them in a small baggie or Tupperware and some can be taken as they are. We would highly suggest taking bananas and oranges along and maybe a bit of cooling cucumber for a long flight, but be aware that you may not be able to fly everywhere with them. Make sure to check for any restrictions on fruits and vegetables before you take off.
3. Bring Nuts And Other Snacks
4. Make A Sandwich
Also, as a final consideration, it's good to keep in mind that nut allergies are very common and a situation could arise in which a passenger on your flight has one, so nut-based foods won't be able to be opened or eaten during the journey. In this case, it's important to have some nut-free back-up snacks in your food arsenal.