You guys know I love packing lists, and have them for all types of situations. But what goes in my purse, and is therefore accessible during a flight, doesn’t really change. Maybe I’ll bring an extra book for a super long trip, but for the most part I put the same stuff in there. I do this for a reason—these are specific items that I need on almost every flight. Things like my Kindle, a pashmina, headphones, and….snacks.
I have recommended that travelers keep snacks in their bag for years, ever since the beginning of this blog. There is no telling when your flight will be delayed, or there’s no food for purchase, or you are stuck in traffic and desperately need something to eat. Yesterday, right before I left for the airport, the Home Warrior called out, “Hey, do you want me to throw some snacks in your bag?” “No worries!” I said. “I’ll get something at the airport!”
Fast forward a few hours. I had a conference call during my layover in DFW, and didn’t have a chance to grab snacks. I knew there would be some food for purchase on my flight, so wasn’t too worried. After boarding, I got the dreaded text: flight delayed. Then another. And another. Our flight eventually left, over an hour late. At this point, as you can imagine, I was so hungry I was about to start eating my arm. Eagerly, I asked the flight attendant which sandwiches they had. “No sandwiches,” she said, handing me the menu. On the menu? Crackers, popcorn, and a brownie. Not exactly filling, but better than nothing. But by the time I got to my hotel, I was hungry again. Nothing like room service at 11pm to make you feel good about yourself!
If I had done as the Home Warrior suggested and gotten some snacks, I could have avoided a lot of angst last night, not to mention going to bed with that uncomfortable too-full feeling. There are plenty of choices that don’t take up much room, including nuts, carrots, peanut-butter crackers, or granola bars (like one of my personal favorites–tasty Kind Bars). So be smart! And keep something to much on with you all the time.
Readers, what are your favorite snacks for travel?
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