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what to bring on a 12 hour flight

I travel on international flight 3 times a year,it take me 12 -14 hours to get to taiwan, and I hate airplane food, any suggestion what to bring so I don't have to eat airplane food

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  1. In the past, I would say dried and fresh fruits, nuts, chocolates,crackers,non offensive type cheese, and granola bars. With restrictions on food items now on flights, I do not know if these items are allowed. Last month I was only allowed food I had purchased in the secured section of the airport including beverage from airport also. Perhaps, you can contact airline and ask for special menus they may have-kosher, vegetarian- which may appeal to you.

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    1. re: foodseek

      Trail Mix is still good to go...

    2. i'd bring bottled water, oranges, chocolate brownie clif bars, hand wipes, and lip balm :D i agree with foodseek, tho..check first to see what you can bring..its seems regulations change daily and are enforced differently depending on the city.

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      1. re: winedubar

        Bottled water is still out. I flew yesterday and watched as people's bottled drinks were confiscated by the TSA at the metal detectors. Of course you could buy the same drinks at the newsstand on the other side for 3x the price...

        The suggestion of checking with TSA before you fly is a good idea. Since I was flying both ways the same day I checked with TSA when I got in as to what I could bring on my return flight. Deli sandwiches, burgers, fries, even packets of ketchup and mustard were allowed.

        1. re: PapaT

          you are KIDDING...sorry - i didn't realize water was still out....my apologies for suggesting that at first.

          flying is such a chore any more...

          1. re: winedubar

            You can still bring bottled water onto the plane you just can NOT bring it through security. You need to buy it at one of the stores after you and your baggage are checked and screened.

            1. re: jfood

              OR fill an empty bottle after you pass through security!!

              When I took a flight out of St. Louis last month, I brought my empty water bottle (bicycle-type) to the airport, cleared security, partially filled it at a water fountain, and then gulped it down as I stood in line to get on the plane. . . only to have the airline employee tell me that I could bring the bottle with water on board!!
              Alas, I didn't have time to run back to the fountain for a refill.
              I am still annoyed I can't bring a bottle of frozen water, i.e. ice, with me.
              p.j.
              p.j.

              1. re: p.j.

                I don't think any airline has yet gotten so chintzy that they won't GIVE you all the bottled water you want onboard.

                1. re: Gary Soup

                  My requests for a bottle not during their beverage runs up aisles have been ignored.

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    They will pour you cups in coach but generally will only give you bottles in Business or First.

                    1. re: BobB

                      We flew on Delta in April and I asked for a bottle of water on my way into the plane as I passed a steward and was handed one. No charge no fuss.

                    2. re: Gary Soup

                      Sorry GS but Ait Chintzy is in full swing. It is rare that a bottle hits the tray table in coach in the US. There is one but I can;t figure which flight I was given one of those cute little bottles. I normally go for a can of apple juice.

                      1. re: jfood

                        American actually trys to sell you a bottle now for $3!! Otherwise it's a dixie cup full every 2-3 hours.

                        I bring a sports bottle as well and fill it after security.

                        1. re: jfood

                          For one thing, the OP is travelling to Taiwan, not domestically. Lots more free stuff on international flights. Second, my point was that airlines serve bottled water (whether they give you a whole small bottle or not) which is probably preferable to water from the water fountain in the departure lounge. And a trip to the galley at a slack time probably can get your carry-on bottle filled.

                          1. re: Gary Soup

                            Yup, international get better service and usually you can see the large bottle they pour into the cup.

                            There is absolutely NO way I would fill a sports bottle from a water fountain. I would not touch a water fountain in any airport nor fill it in the rest room.

                            Buy a bottle of water at a kiosk or drink on the plane. Chances of getting ill from that route much less than the water fountain route.

                            Has anyone asked the flight attendent to fill the sports bottle on the beverage service?

                            1. re: jfood

                              Yes, I have had the flight attendent fill my sports bottle from her big bottle of water. Well, 1/2 way, I didn't want to hog all the water. I received more on the 2nd pass of the beverage cart. I have also had them put in ice as well, although I usually just request a cup of ice so they don't have to spend the time pouring it in the bottle.
                              The problem is that one has to wait for the beverage cart. And while the beverage cart is in use elsewhere in the cabin, there is no one to beg water from in the galley. .

                              Personally, in 55+ years, I have never gotten sick from drinking water from a water fountain. The water is coming from a municipally treated water system. I use my elbow, forearm, or back of a knuckle to push the button to make the fountain work. I refuse to pay $2-5 for a bottle of water when a fountain is available in the U.S.A. or Canada, etc.
                              .p.j.

                              1. re: p.j.

                                I agree; I fill up at water fountains and bathrooms all the time and have never been sick. Plus, bottled water is very bad for the environment (the process wastes a lot of water, the bottles are often not recycled, and the pollution caused by shipping all that water) and there are studies being done that question the safety of PET bottles. It seems that there's concern about the plastic breaking down and releasing toxins into the water much sooner than previously believed.

                                Fill up a safe, reusable sports bottle everytime!

                                1. re: christinea

                                  just a small correction that the process of desalinating water does not waste any water. the non-used water is returned to where it came from

                            2. re: Gary Soup

                              For what is worth the last time I fly international (DC to Cancun) not only was it no water bottles in coach, it was also no beverage service. The stewardness announced that there was water in the back of the plane and to help ourselves. Of course first class still had water bottles. I would expect that on longer flights the airlines continue to provide beverages.

                              Whatever you bring on the plane, please be considerate and make sure it's not smelly. Planes are so crowded and confining. It is unreasonable to subject your seatmates to strong/unpleasant aromas, especially on a .12 hour flight.

                              1. re: viperlush

                                I think this would be better anyways, if you filled up your own water bottle, you would not have to feel bad asking for as much water as you want, and it gives you a chance get up and stretch your legs.

                                1. re: viperlush

                                  Viper -- I am VERY curious ... which airline was this? NO beverage service? Im shocked. I do agree with your no smelly food advice. But no matter what you bring along, its going to annoy someone! Too crunchy, etc.

                                  1. re: viperlush

                                    DC to Cancun may technically be international but it isn't a long-haul international flight. It is 3 hrs to Miami, 90 minutes to Cancun. On the long-haul international flights, you not only get beverages several times, but the galleys are essentially open and all you have to do is walk back and ask for something. The crews on these flights are always great and always accomodating. And btw, Cancun is NOT international. It may be on Mexican soil, but there's nothing Mexican about it. It is just tacky USA with an accent.

                                2. re: jfood

                                  I was given one of those cute little bottles on my last flight on Delta which I had my 17 mo old with me. So my advice is to try to bring a baby with you the next time you fly - hee hee....

                                3. re: Gary Soup

                                  think again, on china airliner business class they only give you one bottle, if you ask for more, they just take the bottle and fill it up for you

                                  1. re: Gary Soup

                                    I flew Alitalia in October to Milan and they only poured tiny cups of water for me when I could find a flight attendant, which was difficult, especially once they shut the lights. Last week I flew American to Florida and they sold me a tiny bottle for $3. No free stuff.

                                    Airlines ARE this chintzy.

                                    1. re: Gary Soup

                                      I have found that unless you're in business or first class or superior economic class or whatever, these days, many passengers have to get up and ask the flight attendants for water ourselves. But that empty water bottle is a good idea...have to remember it next time I fly.

                                  2. re: jfood

                                    just an fyi, but bottled water is still free on jet blue, and they've been more than happy to get me several bottles during my numerous recent bicoastal jaunts...

                            3. wow, i never thought about this problem...i used to bring ALL my own grub when i flew to and from Japan from NYC! i am pretty particular and fussy about what i put in my body. that was of course before all the insano restrictions nowadays. man, if i would do this again i might be screwed...jeez, can someone give a recent experience of getting edibles confiscated.

                              1. Lots of water and a pizza

                                1. i'm fairly sure you can't bring fresh fruit on an international flight...so you well by double checking restictions.
                                  additionally, if you call the airline, you can request different meals - including a fruit plate. you're paying for it anyway, might as well utilize it!

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                                  1. re: Jeserf

                                    It's just that you generally can't bring fresh fruit through customs.You can bring it on the flight, so long as you eat it all before arrival.

                                    1. re: Jeserf

                                      How about a domestic flight. LAX- Tampa. Have a few fresh Granny Smiths I'd like to enjoy...

                                      1. re: jme1beachbum

                                        Easy as pie. And for a 5 hour flight, I would bring more that that. Other posts below will provide ideas.