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What do you bring to nosh on when you travel by airplane?

I have a weird fear of being stuck on a plane without food. Usually, I bring the Trader Joe's dried mango, a bar of Green & Black milk chocolate, some cookies, and 2 bottles of water. I try to eat a meal before boarding, and Inever bring fruit because I feel like the wetness grabs onto all of the plane air (I know, weird). What do you bring to eat on planes?

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  1. You've got it right! Like you, I never travel without chocolate. Too many things can happen to put one in a bad mood or just stress one out--like the plane sitting on the tarmac for 2 hours before take off--so that the chocolate becomes therapeutic as well as nourishing. When I have homemade cookies, I take those, too. Otherwise, I pack Japanese rice crackers. (I've tried cheddar cheese, but I think airplane air dulls the flavor and aroma.) And one of those overpriced bottles of water is also a necessity on longer flights when flying coach. Hmmmm, maybe I should just pack a plastic bottle and have it filled on board.

    1. You can bring food on planes? Last time we flew in September there was a big sign that you couldn't bring food or water from the "outside" in Terrorist Land.

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      1. re: deebum25

        You can bring food as long as it isn't gel/liquid food. What is considered gel/liquid depends on the TSA person you encounter. You could pack gels/liquids in 3oz containers in your quart sized bag, but that's too much of a pain for me. As far as dried fruit, nuts, candy, snack bars and such, they shouldn't be a problem.

        I typically toss a couple of Luna bars and an apple in my bag, plus my water bottle to be filled at a water fountain. I inevitably abandon my well-meaning plans and buy a king size bag of peanut m&m's and a soda in the terminal.

      2. I don't nosh on airplanes, I feast. Shrimp cocktail. Fine cheeses. Pate. French bread. My little 4.5 liter cooler serves me well. No stinky stuff as a courtesy. Liquids are not allowed.

        1. as Veggo does, i leave the stinky stuff out. when i travel i always bring a small cooler/lunch pack that contains yogurt or cottage cheese mixed with berries; crudités, chopped salad, or leftover cooked veggies; string cheese; and sometimes a small container of quinoa or bean salad. i also keep a stash of non-perishable snacks in my carry-on, including protein bars, single-serve packets of protein powder [if i get stuck somewhere i can stir it into yogurt or milk], nuts, granola, dried fruit, and a variety of tea bags.

          i know it sounds like overkill, but i get severely hypoglycemic, and when you combine that factor with my dietary restrictions, it's better for everyone if i'm prepared.

          plus, it means i always have something to share with desperate [and potentially very cranky] fellow travelers ;)

          1. An "everything bagel" with chive cream cheese...as a buffer in case i don't like the shlub in the middle seat!!!!

            1. i like to have protein, so i'll take something like soy nuts as a great munchy healthy snack... this week i'd also take some goji berries as im on a kick. otherwise, some of my protein dry cereal. i like things that i can eat a few (bites) of and put away and take back out when necessary. so i'll also take things like sugarplum tomatoes or celery or other bitesize veggies. i used to take isopure or another protein shake, but alas... i try not to bring anything with an odor.

              1. Jfood is currently on a plane more than he cares for these days so the list he actually brought over the last two weeks (three more flights this week) include: bagel with cream cheese, a cheese steak 'wit", a combo pastrami/corn beef sandwich. Sitting next to him on one flight was a nice salad with grilled chicken and another brought a California pizza.

                Get used to the smells people, with no airline giving you anything, the first hour will be a nasal-buffet.

                1. What is the difference between this thread and this one http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/561646

                  A "nosh" is smaller than a meal?

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                  1. re: filth

                    Quite honestly, I had not seen that post when I did my search. However, a "nosh" is more of a snack than a meal, and when I fly I only snack - no full meals for me in the air!

                    1. re: Nikki NYC

                      That was the bottom line of the other thread, no smelly meals in the air.

                      For me, I stick to peanuts and cookies.

                      oldbaycupcake, you find parents that TAKE your lollipops? I'm surprised. Also, do you fill up your water bottle after screening? Do the screeners allow an empty water bottle?

                      1. re: dolores

                        Yep they take the lollipop. I see your point about taking candy from strangers, though. Only offer them to someone in my immediate area & to the parent, not the child. Guess I look trustworthy or they are just desparate. Actually, I really like lollipops & find that they are a great way to satisfy my hunger pains until I can get to real food, especially when traveling. So, really I take them for me & every once in awhile they come in handy for others.

                        I use an Oggi aluminum water bottle, it looks like a metal sports bottle. I take the top off and make it obvious to TSA that it's empty, sometimes they check. Haven't had any problems. Fill it up after security. My little way of reducing my carbon footprint.

                  2. Myoplex Lite bars, Peanut Butter crackers, dried fruit, chocolate & lollipops. I often offer lollipops to the parents of screaming children to ensure a peaceful flight. Never without my aluminum water bottle that I fill up at water fountains.

                    1. Well...not a flight, but I recently took a 18 + hour train trip, twice in one week, so you betcha I packed to go, and purchased to return !

                      Going, I left mid afternoon, so I packed a quinoa salad with tarragon and edamame, some of my beloved honeycrisps, and some yogurt. I own a backpack with a large bottom cooler section, which works really well for this kind of thing.

                      I was no where to cook after this, but thankfully the train station and nearby had some fantastic offerings. I left around mid afternoon, and arrived after lunch the next day. I feasted in my sleeper car with sushi, spring roll and tom yum soup.

                      BTW, on sleeper cars you can also pack your own wine. And I did :)

                      1. We'll usually make a special trip if necessary so we can have some good meat (leftover steak or some deli meat), cheese(s), some hard rolls. We've been doing this since my husband used to do a lot of business travel on Southwest where they've never had meal service.

                        deebum, I'm curious what airport had that signage? I've never seen anything like that but did read that some airports in China were doing that recently.

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                        1. re: c oliver

                          I just got back from China last week, I fly in and out of 4 airports Bejing, Ningbo, Shanghai & Quindao they had lots of signs in Chinese & English. I didn't see any food restriction signs.

                        2. I never fly without some gummy bears stashed in my bag. Alleviates the inevitable ear popping on take-off/descent!

                          1. One time I purchased a smoked tri-tip from my local BBQ vendor, froze it, and brought it on the plane. It defrosted by the time it was meal time, so I got to enjoy it as my entree while other people were stuck with the terrible airplane food.

                            1. Water bottle, granola bars, cookies, nuts, gorp, occasionally fruit, and unless it's a red eye coffee.