I have been super lucky this year with several trips to exciting places like, Melbourne to watch the Australian Open, Auckland for a flying visit and now I am off to Hawaii for a whole lot of fun! I love going to new places, but I must say I don’t fly well. I really struggle at airports and on the plane with the food offerings and then when I land I can’t put my shoes back on because of fluid retention. Plus every time the engine makes a new noise, I freak out and think we might be crashing!
As you probably know healthy, real food is not readily available on flights, well not the ones I have been on anyway. Processed pancakes and pizza just don’t cut it for me anymore, if I were to eat that I would spend half of the flight in the bathroom.
I have learnt that the best real food option is to pack your own and take it with you. I initially assumed that you couldn’t take your own food on planes because of the intense food restrictions in Australia, but the good news is you can leave on international flights with your own food. You just have to be careful not to take the food off the plane with you when you get to your destination, if they do not allow you to or you may need to declare it. So it’s just best that if you have any leftovers just leave it on the plane or bin it before you reach customs, but don’t forget.
I am off to Hawaii with my girl friends for some shopping & relaxation, it is my first time to Hawaii, so I am super excited. I have organised my own menu for the 9 hour flight from Brisbane to Honolulu and I will take enough for both myself and my healthy friend, or she might get jealous of all my amazing eats.
Real Food To Pack For Your Flight
4 x slices of Banana and Pecan loaf, wrapped in baking paper and ready to serve. My family will eat the rest of the loaf so I know it won’t go to waste.
Boiled eggs – because I am going to want some protein for breakfast.
Containers with my favourite fruit chopped up into bite size bits:
6 x Cashew, Lemon and Coconut Bliss Balls – these are packed full of goodness and the perfect filling treat.
1 x container of mixed nuts. I made my own mix of my favourite nuts, almonds, cashew, pecan’s and pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of sea salt and chilli! You could make what-ever combo you like using different seeds and nuts.
My last hot tip for healthy travel is to make sure that you drink lots of water! Don’t be scared to ask the hostesses for more water because sometimes they don’t bring enough around. You have to make sure that you stay super hydrated, it is really important. I really need to stay on top of drinking water on long flights because I have a tendency of retaining fluid which leads to blown up canckles (when your ankles swell and merge with your calves!) which, is incredibly annoying and unattractive! Canckles also make shoe shopping very difficult, so drink plenty of water!