TSA-approved snacks to pack for your next flight


The food on an airline flight is usually bland and expensive with few options. Who needs it? You can get delicious food at airport security, contrary to popular belief.

Bring your own snacks and meals for your next flight to save money and avoid indigestion. It’s one of my favorite habits that I have learned in all of my years of traveling.

These are the top TSA-approved snacks you can pack for your next flight.

  • Trail Mix: A popular and great choice. It’s easy to grab some while you are driving or at the grocery store. For a customized mix of my favorite flavors, I make my own popcorn with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
  • Beef Jerky is a good choice for protein. You’ll need to be mindful of the smells while on the plane. Avoid big bags and excessive seasoning.
  • Protein bars: This is the easiest way to make protein bars. KIND Bars and Square Organics are my favorite. RX Bars are also my favorite. Keep other passengers in your thoughts and avoid peanut butter if you have a peanut allergy.
  • Instant Oatmeal: I love instant oatmeal for early flights. You can ask for hot water on board the plane and be ready to go. Better Oats offers a 100-calorie pack that is convenient!
  • Veggies & Hummus: Place some pre-cut vegetables in a bag that can be resealable, then grab a container for hummus. Keep in mind that cream dips, spreads and sauces as well as dressings, sauces and sauces are subject to the restriction of 3.4 ounces.
  • Salad: Dress your salad before you go through security to avoid the liquid restriction. You can save your lettuce from becoming soggy and still have fresh salad on hand.

Drink one glass of water per hour you fly to prevent dehydration. You should avoid alcohol, but you can still enjoy moderate amounts of alcohol if you feel the need. You can also check out my favorite water bottles that you can reuse!

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