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Flying Home from College: 7 Snack Tips

Air Travel Snacks

You’ve completed your finals, you’ve survived dorm move-out day, and you’re ready to head home for the summer.  Travel season is upon us, and you know what that means? Airport travel! As many of us prepare to travel for summer break, keep in mind a lot of dining options are still not open due to COVID-19.  So, before you throw out all of your perishable food and donate your non-perishable foods, we recommend packing snacks for your flight.

Can you bring snacks on an airplane? Yes! Airlines allow it (they aren’t like movie theaters). Just make sure they’re on the TSA What Can I Bring List.  If packing liquids or spreadable/paste, follow the 3-1-1 liquid rule.

We asked a few of our team members their favorite flight snacks and here’s our list.

  1. Sandwiches – Peanut Butter & Jelly and Turkey/Roast Beef. If packing a sandwich, make sure it’s packed in a clear sandwich bag.
  2. Bananas – Are our go to in the office. We think bananas are great for the airplane because there is limited hand to mouth contact. Did you know bananas are high in potassium and help the body’s ability to absorb water? This helps boost your hydration levels.
  3. Mixed nuts, trail mix and almonds – Can’t go wrong with a snack that’s filling and full of flavor.
  4. Granola/Protein Bars – High in protein and convenient. Perfect for the on-the-go snacking.
  5. Salty cravings – Pretzels, Cheez-its, Goldfish, Sun Chips, and Lay’s Potato Chips. If you crave salt like us, make sure you drink lots of water before and during your flights to eliminate water retention.
  6. Sweet tooth – Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Gummy Bears, cookies, and Twizzlers.
  7. Gum – Keep your breath fresh under the mask. “There’s nothing like a Mentos!”

Now that we got the fun snacks out the way. Snacks to avoid bringing on a plane; smelly foods (tuna), anything that needs to stay cold, and liquids (small sodas or yogurt). Foods that spoil quickly should be avoided as well.  

Even though you spent hundreds on your flight, you should only expect to be served a small airplane snack mix.  Save some coin and enjoy the foods you like.  If you still have questions about what foods you can take on a plane? Send TSA a photo on Twitter at AskTSA

Now you know some tips for using what you have leftover at school to feed you on your travels, now what should you do with your stuff?  Instead of looking for a storage unit or figuring out how to ship items home, let us do the heaving lifting.  We offer Storage and Shipping, Ship to School, and Direct Shipping. With our Storage and Shipping service, we pick up your packed items from your residence at school and place them in storage or ship them to any address.  When you return to school, we deliver your items to your new residence.  Just sign up, pack up, and we handle the rest! 

Happy Travels!