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Feb 16, 2006 04:49 PM

Portable food ideas for air travel?

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Next weekend the husband and I are flying from SF to Florida. I hate paying money for gross airport food so I am trying to think up good things I can make/bring.

In the past I have made banana bread, peanut butter sandwiches and a cooked frozen pizza (wrapped in tinfoil).

Our flight is at 9am so I don't I want to eat a pizza that early.

Anyone have any good ideas? Drawing a blank on sandwich ideas. Could do a wrap.

I was thinking of muffins or maybe another sweet bread (not pound cake or banana, made them recently). cookies, though they might get crushed in my carry on.

We are vegetarian but eat eggs/fish.


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  1. A breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, spicy beans and cheese? Or you could make some of your best egg salad and put it in a container. Then slice some crusty rolls butter them and put in a zip bag. Tote along a plastic fork and make egg salad sandwiches on the spot instead of preassembling to avoid the soggy sandwich bit.

    Granola, make your own, it is quite portable in zip bags.

    Bake up some scones or muffins the night before.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Candy

      wow, these ideas are great! How could I not of thought of fruit salad? I love the fritatta idea. I even forgot about bagels, which I eat nearly every day.

      This is why I wanted to post this topic, because I knew I wouldn't think of the obvious.

      Thanks from saving me from yet another peanut butter sandwich, keep the ideas coming!

      1. re: Candy

        Maybe it's just me, but if the person I was seated to on a plane whipped out a container of egg salad, I'd get really queasy from the sulphur like smell.

        1. re: boogiebaby

          I agree; I'd shy away from anything that could smell too pungent.

          Ziplocs of granola, or take granola bars. Dried fruits and nuts. Cut up carrots and bell peppers.

          And a peanut butter sandwich for old time's sake.

          1. re: mailsf

            You might be advised to skip anything with peanuts as some people have severe allergic reactions even if they aren't injesting them.

          2. re: boogiebaby

            I have taken plain old hard boiled eggs onto planes, and not had any smell issues. They're tasty and filling. Perhaps you could incorporate them into a sandwich...

        2. That time of day - I'll usually just make up sandwiches with fresh bagels, cream cheese, some good smoked salmon, red onions, capers, etc. It keeps well for a few hours and is very hearty and satisfying (and goes well with that first bloody mary)!

          1. I would make whatever you would orddr to go for breakfast: breakfast sandwich with cheese, french toast, egg, potato, beans and/or cheese burrito, fruit, nuts

            1. I've been a travel agent the past 26 years and I advise my clients to pack finger foods.....dried fruit (i.e. raisins, apricots, cranraisins, etc.); high-protein, non-sugared nuts; cheeses; crackers; and for meat-eaters, jerky and meat sticks. Trail mix also is great for a pick-me-up. I make my own as it's much cheaper to do so. I buy raisins, cranraisins, mixed nuts or dry-roasted peanuts, M&Ms, coconut and dehydrated fruits like apples and banana chips, mix them all together in a large bowl, put them in freezer zip-lock bags and pop them in the freezer. I pull them out when needed. The practice of serving peanuts on flights originated in 1926, according to an article I read in a trade journal. Today, you're lucky to get pretzels, as nuts are too expensive. United is beginning to charge extra for exit-row seating. This industry just isn't the same anymore.......*heavy sigh*.

              1. How about a fruit salad in a little tupperware container or finger fruits.....strawberries and grapes? They would hydrate you well on your flight!

                Bon voyage!!!!