Have you ever been hangry (i.e, so hungry you are angry) or been around someone that’s hangry? It’s not pretty. Try talking to me if I’ve been sans food for four or more hours. I’m like a sleep-deprived toddler being strapped into a carseat in a car without air-conditioning. Pouty, unreasonable, moody – all because I haven’t had food. Couple hangriness with air travel and I might as well be an advertisement for valium. In these weak moments, I might even whine to by loving husband about how hungry and tired I really am. Oh, did I mention I hate whiners?
In order to avoid my hangry attitude and for the mental sanity of those who have to deal with me, I have a routine for packing myself (semi-healthy) snacks. But before I get to my snack pack, here’s a little peek at some of my most recent travels.
I was in Lisbon for a couple of days with my dearest friend from high school (p.s. she’s also an awesome cook and was featured in my Bestie Guest Chef post). We stayed at the 54 Santa Catarina Apartments in the Barrio Alto (which I highly recommend). In just two short days we made it to the beaches near Cascais, roamed the narrow cobble stone streets, and admired the intricate tile work that Lisbon is known for.
After my short girls’ trip in Lisbon, I flew directly to Munich to meet Omar and my in-laws. We gorged on bratwurst, beer, and pretzels. In addition to admiring the castles of Bavaria, we were in Munich to watch and celebrate Germany’s win in the World Cup!
With the week in Portugal and Germany behind us, I had just a day at home to re-group before I was in the air again. I made sure to get my snack pack together to stave off any hangriness on the long overseas flight to Florida. Having a snack pack on a long flight is a no-brainer. I mean, when the flight attendants asks, “beef or chicken?” I’m thinking, “do they actually taste different?” Plane food aside, wait times, connections, delays, and ground transportation makes me grumpy and good food makes me happy. So, these are my tried and true take-a-longs whenever I’m traveling. We have about three weeks of travel still ahead of us, and hopefully I continue to follow my own advice!
SNACK PACK FOR AIR TRAVEL
- Apples. Preferably two apples. Sometimes I take clementines, depending on what’s available and in season. Both travel well, satiate any temporary hunger, and help to make my teeth feel clean. I’ll usually eat one before I board my flight and save the other for later. What about international customs you ask? Well, surprisingly, I’ve been able to carry apples into foreign countries with some success. I always declare them. That’s right, I walk right up to the customs agent, hand them my passport and I tell them, “Oh, I have an apple with me.” Sometimes, I’m allowed to keep it. Worst case scenario, they confiscate it and I tell myself some one in the back room gets to enjoy my free fruit. Better yet, give it to those hard working dogs that sniff out things way worse than an apple.
- Digestive cookies with peanut butter or a peanut butter sandwich. Protein, sugar, carbs. ‘Nuff said.
- Nuts. I tend to prefer savory roasted nuts instead of sweet ones, but I always try to have some roasted nuts with me because they are crunchy, satisfying, and carry less guilt than potato chips. If I have the time to roast my own in the day or two before my trip, that is ideal. I usually opt for these Rosemary Roasted Nuts, otherwise I pick up some packaged almonds or peanuts at the airport.
- Dried fruit. Apricots are my favorite, but cranberries, cherries, even raisins will do. If I’m leaving from Morocco, it’s usually dates or figs. The dried fruit helps to satisfy my sweet tooth instead of indulging in airport junk food.
- Chocolate. Sometimes dried fruit doesn’t cut it. Sometimes, there are nasty travelers that cut lines. Flight delays. Long lines. No movies worth watching. A dead ipad. A dead Kindle. Whatever it may be, chocolate always makes my world better.
- Gum. Okay, this isn’t really a food, but you know, gum makes the world better for those around me. Plus there’s that whole equalizing the cabin pressure by chewing vehemently thing. Does that really work?
What are your favorite snacks for traveling?