The 5 Snacks We Always Take on the Plane

updated May 24, 2019
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The key to a good flight, in my experience, is to have snacks on hand so you’re always prepared to feed yourself. (Plane travel isn’t my favorite thing in the world, but I like it even less when I’m hungry and cranky!) I asked my fellow Kitchn editors to share what snacks they like to bring on a plane, and here’s what they said.

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1. Clementines

“I like clementines, peeled and packed in a light plastic container,” says Faith. “They’re juicy and refreshing, and the smell shouldn’t bother anyone.”

2. Cheddar, crackers, and apple slices

This is my go-to snack, although many of us named an apple as our quick travel treat of choice. I love cheese and crackers, and while plane travel is not the time to break out a smelly blue, I find slices of cheddar with a few whole-grain crackers and apple slices to be tasty, filling, and inoffensive to the neighbors.

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3. The makings for ginger tea

Faith already wrote about this, and since then, a few of us have taken up this habit. Basically we fill our thermos with all the makings for a spicy ginger tea — knobs of ginger, lemon slices, and honey — minus the hot water so we can get through security. Once on the plane, we ask a flight attendant for boiling water and then let the brew steep until it’s nice and spicy. A great soothing drink, both for the nerves and stomach.

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4. Good chocolate-covered almonds

“I’ve recently loved bringing good chocolate-covered almonds onto the plane with me,” says Christine. “They’re a bit of a luxurious treat, but they satisfy a craving for something sweet or savory every time. Just a few of them will be enough as a snack, and they’re easy to pack and carry around!”

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5. An avocado sandwich

“I almost always pack an avocado toast ‘sandwich’ to eat on the plane,” Emma says. “I toast the bread before I go and sandwich it with a decadent amount of avocado and salt. It’s so good and satisfying mid-flight after the drinks come.”

What are your go-to snacks for plane travel?

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