Eight ways to escape paying for airport food

Cooked up on January 12, 2012

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Our upcoming trip to Florida included, Dave and I never buy airport food (except coffee). Why? Because even the sandwiches at the “delis” and “bakeries” are often pretty gross. And who knows why that is. But why eat that stuff when you can bring your own? The only thing you have to remember is that there are no liquids! Not that you were going to bring soup anyway.

Here are ten foods you can pack, bring with you and enjoy on the road, easily.

1) Trail mix. That stuff is marked up like crazy even if you buy it at the grocery store. Buy your own nuts, fruit, marshmallows, M&Ms, etc. and mix your own mix. Plus, the protein from the nuts will keep you un-hungry during your travel day.

2) Simple sandwiches. You can’t tell me you don’t have PB and J at home. You might even be able to pull together beef/provolone/mustard or turkey/cheddar/mayo (if that counts as a liquid, I’ve had a lot of very lenient TSA folks over the years, heh heh). Keep the latter two close to a cold drink or frozen grapes (fill your water bottle after security) if it’s going to be more than a couple of hours before you eat.

3) Fresh fruit – tough stuff like apples and pears work best for this. It doesn’t get any easier. You can even pre-wash and keep it in its own bag, then stash the core in the bag when you’re done.

4) A big salad and a compostable or recyclable fork. $10 says you can find a dressing packet past security if you really need it, or you can stick one of the packets in your ziploc of small items. But if you have feta, cheese and nuts in your salad, my opinion is that dressing isn’t absolutely necessary – taste or calorie-wise.

5) Any kind of wrap or burrito you don’t mind eating at room temperature.

6) Granola bars or actual granola – it’s a great finger food and you can make it yourself.

7) Bag your own chips or pretzels! We pay $2 for a big bag of pretzels in the store, and a single-serve bag costs $2 past the gate. I hate that!

8) Spring rolls! Again, grab an old packet from take-out and stick it in your ziploc.

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