Eating on a plane can be fun! But not everyone gets excited about in-flight food offerings. The next time you fly, why not take advantage of the opportunity to have your own picnic in the sky?

With just a few considerations in mind, you can enjoy your own homemade snacks during your journey. First of all, you want to be aware of the limitations of what you can bring on board. Liquids are generally a no-no unless they come in very small packages. Those tiny condiment packets you get with your takeout are always a good bet (you see, there IS a reason why you keep those things around!). You can also freeze your snacks the night before to ensure they stay fresh for your flight.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a few recipe ideas to try next time you’re scheduled to take a jetplane to a far-away destination:

Homemade Trail Mix

Homemade trail mix is a great idea for in-flight snacking because it’s a lot of filling deliciousness in a small package. When you make it yourself, you can make sure it includes all your favorite things and leaves out the parts you don’t like. And store-bought trail mix can sometimes come with unhealthy additives you’d rather not be eating. Here’s a few allergy-friendly recipes to try.

Grain-based Salad

Lettuce doesn’t have the best chances of staying fresh and delicious after it’s been in your carry-on for a few hours. The solution? A grain-based salad! You can even pack it in a jar if you’re into that whole jar meal trend. Just pour a little vinaigrette into the bottom and top with a medley of your favorite chopped salad ingredients (hold the lettuce) and shake before digging in! Try this recipe: Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad 

Veggie Sushi Rolls 

This one can be fun for the whole family! The night before you take off, why not have a sushi making party? All you need is some sushi rice, nori sheets, and a few different veggies cut into matchsticks. Don’t forget to bring along those packets of soy sauce you’ve been collecting. Here’s a fun recipe: Homemade Veggie Sushi Rolls


Those cheese plates you can buy on airplanes are always a hot ticket item and they often get snatched up quick. You can avoid the disappointment of not getting one when they run out by simply making your own. Assemble an assortment of your favorite meats, cheeses (freeze the night before so they stay fresh), crackers and crusty bread and have your own fun sandwich party on the plane! The good news is, we’ve already put together a guide on how you can make your own cheap and cheerful charcuterie plate here: How to Make a Better-For-You Charcuterie Board on a Budget.

Bonus tip: Homemade popcorn is always a great idea!

Have a tasty flight!

What’s your favorite snack to bring on a plane? Share in the comments below.

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