Over 25 million flights take off in the United States every year. Most of those flights are filled with a hundred or so people that are trying to get to a vacation, a business destination or an awkward family gathering.
While reasons for flying vary, do you know what unites just about everyone that steps foot on a plane?
Man oh man, we can’t tell you how many times we’ve stepped on airplanes with our stomachs growling because A) Airport food is way too expensive or B) Airplane food is way too expensive.
The best way to fight travel hunger is to bring some travel snacks with you the next time that you hit the road. Here’s what we suggest packing.
1. Pretzel Sticks
If you’re not big on pretzels then great, more pretzels for us! We not only love pretzels always but we particularly love these crunchy snacks before, during and after a long flight.
Pretzels hold their integrity even during long voyages packed away in hot luggage. Their salty kick is also a great virtue when you’re trying to stay awake while waiting for your flight to board.
Lots of different brands sell various kinds of pretzel sticks. Find an affordable one that you like and throw some in your carry-on.
2. Protein Powder
Here’s an unconventional travel snacks suggestion for you… Protein powder!
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Most people bring water bottles to the airport. All airports feature ample water fountains.
If water was food, those two facts would solve all of your hunger problems. Unfortunately though, water isn’t food… It’s water.
With protein powder in your bag, you can fill up your reusable water bottle with water, throw in some protein powder, shake your bottle up and just like that, you’ll have a filling snack that was easy to pack!
Our favorite protein flavor is chocolate but there are a number of other flavors out there if you have different tastes.
Everybody knows that raisins make a delicious snack. They’re cheap, easy to carry around and downright healthy.
Also, they taste great (especially if you’re packing those new, flavored Raisels things)!
We particularly like raisins as a travel snacks idea because kids can’t get enough of them for whatever reason. That means, if you’re traveling with the whole tribe, raisins will cover all of your multi-generational snacking needs.
4. Dried Fruit
Raisins are basically dried fruit so this might be a little redundant. We couldn’t write an article about travel snacks though that didn’t discuss the virtues of all of the other great dried fruit picks that are out there.
Dried oranges, figs, apricots… You name the fruit and chances are, Costco sells a big old bag of them dried.
Dried fruit is healthy and delicious, albeit sometimes a little on the pricey side.
5. Cheese Wheels
Cheese isn’t for everyone when traveling. Especially for those with sensitive stomachs (there’s nothing worst then being trapped on a plane next to someone that has stomach problems).
If your tummy is cheese-friendly though, those delicious Baybel cheese wheels are a fun snack that packs calcium, protein and other essential nutrients which can push you through a long day of travel.
A word of caution here… Cheese melts.
You’ll want to stay conscious of how hot your carry-on is getting to ensure that your snack isn’t goop by the time you put it in your mouth.
Do we really have to sell you on popcorn? It’s light, fluffy and for your convenience, is sold in a variety of pre-popped bags these days.
Want to save some cash? Feel free to pop your own popcorn at home.
We prefer the pre-popped because we can never get our microwave to do popcorn bags correctly but if you’ve mastered the ways of micro-radiation, pop away!
Nothing reminds us of our childhood quite like Go-GURT. Yogurt in a tube… Whoever thought of that genius idea deserves a medal.
The great thing about Go-GURT is that if you know you’re going to be traveling for a while, you can pack this snack frozen and then a few hours later, it will have thawed into perfect temperature yogurt.
Pretty nifty and also convenient since you can enjoy this yogurt without the need to use spoons!
We’re not sure if there are any travel snacks picks that are more commonplace than TrailMix. Its signature mixture of chocolate, peanuts, raisins and more is not only delicious but gives your body a serious energy boost which is a must after experiencing jet-lag.
TrailMix is far from cheap but if you can afford one of those big box store grab bags of it, you’re going to be well fed.
9. Beef Jerky
All of you meat eaters out there have not been forgotten! If you want to feed your inner carnivore while sitting on a 5 1/2 hour cross-country flight, you’re going to want to pack some jerky.
If you’re anything like us, that jerky you pack will be teriyaki flavored.
Wrapping up Our Travel Snacks Suggestions
Don’t let hunger derail your travels. Fight it by bringing any one of the superb travel snacks that we’ve suggested above with you on your next journey.
Believe us when we say that your stomach will thank you.
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