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Snacks on a Plane: Easy Tricks to Ward Off Hunger in the Sky

Nov 12, 2007
We've all had that feeling while in mid-flight. The sudden craving for a sweet or salty snack, the gnawing hunger pains, the anticipation of landing and raiding the doughnut stand that's closest to the terminal. Suddenly the stick of Juicy Fruit that you are chewing proves to be... well, fruitless.

Before you take flight for your next trip, there are a few tricks to keep in mind when it comes to appeasing those pangs of hunger. With a little preparation and planning, you'll be a satisfied passenger.

Eat a Hearty Meal Before Departure

Whether you're scheduled to leave at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m., have a balanced meal before you leave the house. Flying on a full stomach will keep you at ease and allow you to relax. It will also keep blood sugar levels stable and fuel your brain for whatever unexpected events may transpire.

Stick to Familiar Fare

Avoid anything too heavy or foods that you aren't familiar with before flying. Instead, fuel up on a good balance of protein and carbs with fruit for natural sugar and an energy boost. Yogurt, cereal, light sandwiches, or lightly seasoned chicken and rice are all good choices. Trying Thai food for the first time before your flight may not be such a wise idea, nor is filling up on franks and kraut or bean burritos. Stick with the basics - your body and those around you will be thankful!

Pack a Snack

Gathering last-minute items for your upcoming trip doesn't have to be limited to just the toiletry aisle. Take a stroll over to the food section and grab some healthy snacks to bring along in your carry-on bag. Items such as nuts, granola bars, raisins, pretzels, or fresh fruit offer a satisfying kick and a burst of energy. If your appetite is along the heartier lines, try making a sandwich for the trip. Avoid using ingredients that may offend the passengers around you. While you may think your tuna salad with red onions and vinegar is heaven on a plate, the noses of your fellow travelers may disagree.

Don't Let the Food Cart Roll By....

Take advantage of the meals or snacks offered on your flight. Try and schedule your visits to the lavatory or walks around the cabin according to the meal cart. If you see that your flight attendants are preparing to make their rounds, stay seated so that you can be sure that you'll be getting something to munch on. If you have specific dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, or kosher, you can arrange for a special meal when booking your flight. Nothing brings on tummy turbulence like being a vegetarian and having a chicken sandwich presented to you as your main form of sustenance.

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, don't start your trip out on the wrong foot. Suffering from hunger is a feeling that you can avoid. Assure yourself of a pleasant travel experience by following these simple suggestions, and you can easily keep your cravings on stand-by.
About the Author
Gailen David is a Motivational Speaker, Customer Service Expert, and the Ambassador of Travel Civility. He has also been a Purser for a major airline for over 20 years.Take Off Now
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