Healthy snacks for a long haul flight

Amanda - posted on 03/05/2012 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I am travelling from Sydney to London in just over 2 weeks with my husband, my son who turns 4 a few days before we fly and my 2 1/2 yr old daughter.



I am looking for healthy low or no sugar snacks that are suitable to take on a plane.



So far I am thinking pureed fruit pouches, cheese and cracker packs, savoury biscuits and maybe some muesli bars or something along those lines.



I know the airline will most likely provide some sort of snacks but they will more likely be biscuits, crisps and chocolate.



Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

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Amanda - posted on 03/11/2012

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The reason I was going to take pureed fruit is that it will be in a sealed pouch and they can suck it out, no spoons required, and the airline won't guarentee that I will be able to take fresh fruit or food prepared from home on the plane. I don't want to make up tubs of my own fruit and snacks from home and have to dump it before we board like last time.

Nuts could be an option for both kids, my daughter especially loves nuts. I just get really wary of other kids around that may have nut allergies so I tend to keep nuts for when we are home.

Pamela - posted on 03/11/2012

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Why not fruit pieces either fresh or dried fruit.? Seems better than pureed food which would require spoons. Think more along finger foods that can be hand held without any problem.



Nuts are good as well for the 4 year old, the younger child not so good. You can make your own peanut butter crackers and carry them as well. Use the child's favorite crackers and put the peanut butter in between. Peanut butter will fill them for a while.



Dried cherries and plums are sweet and naturally good.



Have fun on your long journey! Hope the kids are easy travellers! The highest and best to you!

Gaynor-Marie - posted on 03/08/2012

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If you are flying qantas or air newzealand they tend to serve a lot of organic healthy stuff for kids including fruit cheese chunks organic juice boxes cereal infact last time I flew Qantas with a young child they got more food more variety and healthier than the grown ups.

I would take some healthy snacks that they like for the airport. What you suggested sounds good I would add a trail mix that they can eat the fruit out of and you can eat the nuts if you get stuck or board.

Linda - posted on 03/08/2012

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Looks like there a lot of good suggestions for snacks. I havn't flown long distance with my 2 recently, but we drove cross-country (24-30 hrs not counting stops) when they were 18mos & 4. Our lifesaver was small toys, games, & books that I packaged individually in brown paper lunch bags & we made the rule of waiting 1 hr in between opening each. It was like Christmas every time! They also could decorate the bag & play with it (until it was torn up).

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2012

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Emily this is the second time we have done this trip. The first time my son was 14 months old and I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter. Luckily he slept for 18 of the 24 hours we were in transit. This time we travel 4 days after my son turns 4 and my daughter will be 2 1/2. We're flying Virgin this time and have purposely booked a late afternoon flight to tie in with meal and bedtimes.

Last time we flew with British Airways and they were horrible. We paid for a meal for my son which they never provided, refused to heat up milk for him when we asked, wouldn't let him sit on a seat even though the plane was half empty and to top it off my son has behavioural problems and after 22 hrs they thought it was acceptable to offer us nothing more than a kit kat and laughed at the fact that he was hyper active. This was after they took all snacks in sealed unopened packets off us when we boarded. On the way home they wouldn't let us check in unless we paid for a full priced seat for him, they were telling me he was well over 2 yrs old without checking his passport or the booking information.

Emily - posted on 03/07/2012

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I will be flying from NC to Japan this summer, so I really appreciate this post, and will definitely be using a lot of your suggestions for my own kids! I will be flying with a 10 yr old, 8 yr old, almost-4 yr old, and a 3 month old, so I will have my hands full!!

Caroline - posted on 03/07/2012

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I've flown Melbourne to Nice twice now with my son who was 6 months (first trip) and 2 1/2 (2nd trip, he's now 3) and my 13month old who was 6 months at the time. I took little muesli bars and fruit/meal pouches (Rafferty's). To be honest my 21/2 year old was so excited about flying he hardly ate. The meals the airlines provided were excellent, I wish I had what he had to eat. Very healthy meals with fruit, cereal, yoghur, pasta meal with vegies). Don't remember seeing much cakes, biccies. Your main concern will be keeping your children entertained - sticker/activity books from the cheap dollar shops are great as well as other cheap activities that if you lose it doesn't matter. Don't give them all out at once, you could even wrap them.



Night flights are also good, put them in their pj's and take your own blanket that they are familiar with (better than the itchy airline ones). Big tip - try and keep them in their seats as long as possible. Once mine find out you could get up and go for a walk, that's all he wanted to do. you probably won't sleep at all, so hopefully you have a comfy bed at the other end. Good luck. I will be doing the same trip again in July. Can't wait!

Jodi - posted on 03/07/2012

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Sounds like you have it all well under control :) Hope you have a great trip!

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2012

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Jodi, I have a stash of colouring and activity books and I'm taking a few toys each and reading books. My son is looking forward to watching an in flight movie and has promised he will behave (yeah right :) Between all the books and toys and walking up and down, playing eye spy eating and sleeping I think I should be covered for the flight. If not I will be carrying a bottle of phenurgen to knock them out if they get really restless.



They are being provided with meals but I have 2 super hungry kids so will be stocking up with plenty of the things you have all suggested.

Claudia - posted on 03/07/2012

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Bring the wet wipes for sticky fingers! :) Have a look in the baby food isle there are a lot of packets that have mini rice cakes and snacks minus sugar, food in pouches which travel really well and you can get it through customs easy just check if its under 100ml not sure about the customs rule on baby food (don't worry if it says a younger age, it will still fill them up). My daughter loves the Only Organic fruit muesli which is a breakfast for 6+months (she's almost 3). It comes in a glass jar but its enough for a quick breakfast fix, healthy and filling. Small tin of baked beans and corn, easy to open and dispose of in plane for a lunch fix. Put things in square or rectangle containers, they stack better than round ones and take less space. Water! in small bottles. They are so expensive at the airport. Make sure they are less than 100ml or bring it in empty and fill it up after customs. Hope this helps :)

Kate - posted on 03/07/2012

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iv flew twice to UK from nz via aust while my sons been under two i had no problems with the fruit smoothies or jars so long as they are still sealed when boarding, airlines are great and have plenty fruit and crackers if needed. i also took along jars of fruit museli as these are still nice unheated :-)

Jennifer - posted on 03/07/2012

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The puree may not make it through security. Grapes are an awesome snack on planes. My son is a frequent flyer and grapes and cheese are easy on planes. Orange slices are good, but can be messy. Homemade trail mix is another great and easy plane food. I have also used homemade dried fruits like apples, bananas and others. Good luck:)

Jamie - posted on 03/07/2012

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Be careful with fruit :/ We flew from Boston MA to Perth, Australia and when we hit customs in Sydney they took the dried fruit I had brought my toddler. We still had to fly across Australia and I ended up having to buy a couple airport snacks so we had enough Snacks!

Jenn - posted on 03/07/2012

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I just wanted to add that we never had any trouble bringing any of that food on our flights. None of the airlines gave us any trouble. As long as the food was for my daughter they didn't even bother with it. They barely even checked her milk and water cups. I brought a sippy cup for water and a straw cup for milk and was ready for a fight if they made me dump them out...but it never happened. I knew Air Canada would allow it since they don't provide food for kids under 2. But I never had any trouble going through security with her lunch bag at any of our stops in Canada or overseas. And we switched flights and came out of security a few times along the way. Hope they don't give you any trouble.

Jenn - posted on 03/07/2012

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I normally have things like raisins, granola bars, cheese strings, crackers, rice cakes, apple sauce cups, yoghurt, cheerios, fruit cups (in water not syrup- don't need the extra sugar.) and animal crackers or arrowroot biscuits on hand for my daughter. I always carry a lunch bag with us with a gel ice pack. She loves blueberries, raspberries, grapes, apple slices, clementines, cherry tomatoes and bananas too. These were all easy to pack in her lunch bag in plastic bags or containers. And she could easily eat them with her hands and weren't too messy.



We flew to Greece last May when she was 20 months and Air Canada provided nothing for her because she didn't have her own seat. So I made sure I brought other meals for her too or else I fed her my own in flight meal and bought food for myself at stop overs. I could wait to eat, she couldn't. Luckily when we used Luftansa, JAT air and other european airlines they were very accommodating and always provided food for her too. Hope you have a great trip! That is a super long flight!

Jodi - posted on 03/06/2012

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LOL, that's it. I think your biggest battle will be keeping them entertained and sitting still :D

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2012

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It's worth a try, the worst that will happen is that I will have to get rid of it. I'll probably end up taking too much on with me but I'd rather have too much than not enough

Sarah - posted on 03/06/2012

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We've had good luck with a similar product to potato sticks called Veggie Stixs, made from pressed veggies more than just potatoes.

They are our go-to diaper bag snack so they hang out in all kinds of temps & situations. As long as the container is sturdy enough they won't get smashed then you should be good.

"Across the pond" here they are in the organic foods section.

Jodi - posted on 03/06/2012

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Amanda, I've always been able to take it with me on the plane with the kids (international). And when my son flew unaccompanied to his dad's I packed him a sandwich lunch (although that one was only domestic). That was with Virgin, and other times with Qantas. So, yeah, probably worth calling them. I was always told that it just wouldn't be allowed off at the other end.

Amanda - posted on 03/06/2012

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Thanks, I will look in the health food aisle next time I go shopping.



I'm not sure that cut up fruit and sandwiches will be allowed on the plane. I remember when we flew when my son was 14 months I made my own food to take on the plane and we were told he either had to eat it before we boarded or ditch it, we were only allowed to take food on in a sealed packet. I will call the airline because a sandwich could be an option for the first leg, I know it won't be allowed back on the plane after the refuel in Hong Kong.

I will have a look for pre packaged cut up fruit I think I may have seen apple slices somewhere

Jodi - posted on 03/06/2012

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Sandwiches, cut up fruit, yoghurt. Pretty much anything you would pack in a lunch box. It is only if it isn't eaten that you'd probably have to ditch it at the other end.

Kimberly - posted on 03/06/2012

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Have you looked in woolworth health food section, they have potato sticks which are rice & potato, also rice wheel snacks, saltana's in the mini boxs, you could also take the cheese sticks that they sell by the spreads( dont need to be in the fridge) you can get the yogurt covered saltanas but they might be too sweet for the plane. Hope that gives you some more ideas

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