Snacks on a Plane: What to Pack for a Long Flight

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Since I’ve traveled so much lately, I wanted to share some of the foods I like to bring with me on long flights. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about long days of travel that make me want to eat and eat and eat some more. For me, it has a lot to do with boredom snacking (i.e. sitting on a plane for hours) and being surrounded by tasty, but not-so-healthy airport food while waiting for my flight. Instead of mindless munching and filling up on junk, I make sure to pack or seek out foods that will keep both my taste buds and stomach happy!



Jerky is an awesome, travel-friendly source of protein since it’s lightweight and easy to pack. Protein fills me up and keeps my hunger at bay, so I almost always pack (or buy) some sort of jerky for my travels. Jerky kind of gets a bad rap for being unhealthy, but there are quite a few brands out there that are actually pretty good for you, including EPIC and KRAVE.

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Homemade guacamole (my recipe: mashed avocado + lime juice + garlic powder + sea salt) is quite the tasty and satisfying travel snack. I paired mine with rice crackers, but I also like sliced cucumbers, pretzels, pita chips, and baby carrots for dipping. Additionally, nut butter and hummus are great for healthy snacking on a long flight. Just be sure to use a clear plastic container, so these semi-solid foods can be easily viewed by TSA. So far, I’ve never had an issue with them!



Ok, you probably consider a sandwich more of a meal than a snack, but sometimes it’s the perfect thing for a long flight. Making your own sandwich might take a little more time and effort than buying one at the airport, but, trust me, it’s worth it. It’s healthier, more affordable, and you can control exactly what goes into it (i.e. amount of mayo, type of cheese). Along the same times, leftovers from lunch or dinner are a great option to bring on-board. Just make sure they’re packed well, so you don’t have any spills.



Almonds (Blue Diamond, of course!) are nutritious, satisfying, and super easy to pack in your carry-on. They don’t take up a lot of space and, boy, are they delicious, especially all of the amazing flavors from Blue Diamond, like the dark chocolate almonds . Have you tried these yet? They are incredible and so chocolaty!


I recently mixed the dark chocolate almonds with dried cranberries and rice Chex to make an awesome homemade trail mix. It was almost like dessert, and I actually think it was a healthier choice than any of the other bars or snacks available at the airport.

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And, finally, whole pieces of fruit (my favorites are apples and bananas) are an excellent snack option for long flights. They taste good and are filled with fiber, so they will fill you up and keep you satisfied for the duration of your flight.


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What foods do you like to pack for long days of travel?

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