Want to save money while traveling? Or avoid the overzealous amount of plastic used to wrap food? Bring your own travel snacks!
Here are some healthy travel snack ideas that will get you through security without a problem.
Invest in or make some cloth snack bags. For meals, invest in some stainless steel food containers.
To give you an idea:
I have these cloth bags that I use for bulk snacks, this stainless steel container that I use for salads and these stainless steel canisters for everything else. I use a titanium spork and a bandana as a napkin.
Second, hit the bulk bins or fill up your bags with snacks from large containers
You can find just about every hand-munching snack you’ve ever heard of in the bulk bins. They can be found at some grocery stores (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Whole Foods, New Seasons) and most health food stores and co-ops. Most prices are comparable to non-bulk bin foods. You can find snacks there such as:
- Granola (so many kinds!)
- Trail mix (also so many kinds!)
- Vegetable chips
- Dried fruit
- Candy (okay this one isn’t healthy, but bulk bin candy is usually healthier than non-bulk bin candy)
- Chocolate-covered things
- Chocolate chips
- Popcorn kernels. Pop at home, add some seasoning, and put in a bag for your trip!
- Sometimes they even have veggie soup mixes. Get some, add to an insulated stainless steel food container, and get some hot water from the coffee shop at the airport. Soup!
Third, prepare some non-liquid foods
Salads are a great choice here. Add your favorite greens, fruits, veggies, nuts, and eggs, cheese, or meat/fish for protein. Spinach and edamame are also great protein choices.
You can also make your own energy bars or balls. There are about a million and a half recipes so I’ll let you do the Googling!
- Solid cheese! Don’t worry too much about it spoiling. Cheese was made to preserve milk, after all. String cheese is a good choice.
- Chocolate bars
- Carrots, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and celery (dip it in your 3.4 oz or less of hummus!)
- Boiled eggs
- Fruits such as apples, berries, cherries, and bananas. Just not if flying from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland, due to agriculture regulations.
- Protein and other powders that can be added to a drink after security
- Make your own kale chips!
- Baby food. Be sure to remove it from your bag for the security screening. If you don’t have a baby this might be a bit odd, but baby food is usually made of pretty basic, healthy ingredients, so bottoms up!
- Creamy cheese under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security.
- Peanut butter under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security. It’s weird, but you can put your dips and peanut butter in those silicone travel tubes and stick them in your liquids bag. You can also put dips and dressings in these 1.5 oz stainless steel containers.
- Hummus under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security.
- Yogurt under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security.
- Other dips under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security.
- Salsa, salad dressing, and sauces under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security.
- Honey under 3.4 oz. Remove this from your bag for security. It’s nice to bring honey to add to tea and such at your destination if you want to avoid packaging.
- Frozen (solid) liquids. Want to bring your favorite drink? Freeze it solid the night before and bring it through. Might have to wait a bit for it to thaw but it’ll be nice and refreshing!
This is from the TSA website. If you really must have something fresh…check with your airline. 😉