Being an avid traveler, I often find myself hungry in an airport. Airports are some of the grossest, greasiest, uncomfortable places on the face of the planet, and their food tends to follow these characteristics. How do you keep control of the situation and not end up eating a whole $12 personal pan cheese pizza from UNO? (Just like I did this weekend…) I have several tricks for beating airport food.
1. Travel full. Avoid the situation entirely by planning and eating ahead of time. If your flight is not terribly long, a full meal before hand should hold you over till you get to your location.
2. Bring snacks. While you won’t be able to pack drinks, most food is okay. My go-to item is granola bars, pictured below. Protein bars such as these are made for making you feel full, so they are great to snack on when you get hungry, even if you’re on the plane. Fruit is good as well, but be careful when crossing international boards as it usually isn’t allowed.
3. Stick to what you know. When you find yourself traveling for long periods of time, it is sometimes necessary to dine in the airport. For snacks, there is usually a huge variety in stores, which often includes the same snacks you have been eating at home. Yogurt, granola bars, nuts, etc. are commonly seen items that are safe to stick to. When you need a full meal, go for a salad. Be careful of things like heavy, fattening toppings and creamy dressings, however. Lean chicken, tomato and mozzarella sandwiches, cheese sticks and fruit are all things that will probably be available as well (and safe to eat).
4. Skip the on-flight snacks. Usually the snack options are: cheesy crackers, cookies, chips and more cookies. Try to pack a snack for these situations.
5. Choose your on-flight meal. On most international flights (at least when I flew on British Airways), you can put in your flight information on their website and choose an option for the meals you receive. I picked vegetarian, but I know they also have vegan, gluten free and other options along those lines.