If you want an incredible travel experience, then the best thing you can do for yourself, and your family, is to plan ahead. Of course, being prepared for anything means more than simply making sure you’ve packed your travel umbrella in your carry-on luggage. You’re also going to need some snacks to keep everyone happy if the airline food isn’t exactly appetizing.
Whether you’re a self-professed foodie constantly in search of the perfect meal, or you’re happy with something basic, this list of amazing travel snacks should keep you happy until you get to your destination. Not only that, but these snacks should also be a great solution if you want to stay on good terms with the people around you on your plane.
1. Dried Fruit and Nuts
Dried fruit and nuts are usually a pretty simple choice when it comes to getting through security without any hassle. Not only is this snack fantastically nutritious, but it’s also brimming with vitamins and minerals to help you feel your best by the time you get off the plane. What’s more, it’s not going to annoy your neighbors with any unfavorable smells or mess.
2. Energy Bars (Not Candy Bars)
When it comes to quick and easy snacking, people often turn to the candy bars, but there’s always a chance that you get on the plane, settle into your seat, and suddenly find that all the chocolate you’ve brought with you has melted into a horrible mess. For some alternative amazing travel snacks that aren’t going to leave stains on the seats, try some energy or granola bars instead. Of course, you might want to bring a couple of candy bars, just in case your kids don’t appreciate the healthier option.
3. Packets of Instant Oatmeal
If you’re looking for something hearty that you don’t have to break the bank to buy, a packet of instant oatmeal might be a great choice. All you’ll need to do is ask your flight attendant for a cup of hot water, and you’ll be ready to go. You can mix in some trail mix if you want to make the flavor more interesting, or ask for some little packets of milk and sugar – the stuff you’d usually get with your tea or coffee.
4. Kale Chips
Bursting with vitamin C, K, and A, as well as a collection of antioxidants, kale chips will give you and your kids that filling and satisfying crunch that comes with eating a pack of potato chips – without the obscene amount of extra calories or saturated fats.
5. Cheese and Crackers
As long as you don’t go too smelly with the cheese, this combination can be a classic solution for combining whole-grain carbohydrates with protein to keep your stomach satisfied during a long journey. Remember to separate your favorite crackers into single-serving portions to make the snack more travel-friendly, and try taking a few single-serving cheese strings instead of attempting to take your own slices in Tupperware – as this can easily lead them to get dried out.