What I Ate: Travel Snacks

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This is going to be a quick post, because I’m exhausted. My son and I flew out of Los Angeles yesterday so we could attend a wedding this weekend, and flying with a toddler on your own is no easy feat.

Having a stash of healthy snacks really does help the process, though!

bag full of blueberries

In lieu of my usual “What I Ate” post this week, I thought I’d share a quick peek at what I brought for our flight yesterday.

travel snack ideas including smoothies, blueberries, and raisins

1. Homemade Smoothies. As I’ve mentioned before, green smoothies are a staple in my son’s diet. I always make a big batch of smoothie, enough to fill four 6-ounce containers, and give them to my son throughout the day. For traveling, I put them in sealed bags to avoid any leaks in my carry-on. In case you’re wondering, TSA will let you bring your own smoothies through security– they just have to wave a testing strip over the top of the open container to make sure it’s safe for travel. (Nothing gets inserted into the smoothie, so you don’t have to worry about contamination.) The perk of bringing your own smoothies, is that you can re-use your containers during the rest of your trip!

For my favorite smoothie combinations for babies and toddlers, check out this post.

2. Fresh blueberries. Blueberries are one of nature’s perfect finger foods. I washed and dried a pound of blueberries for this trip, and my son snacked on them happily for the first hour of our flight. I was thrilled with how content he was! Other fruit could work, too, but pre-cut fruit is a little messier to deal with when you have a toddler.

3. Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars. Raw almonds are one of my favorite travel snacks, but they’re a choking hazard for 2 year olds, so a snack bar made with ground nuts and seeds works better in this situation. Larabars are a great store-bought option or you can make your own using one of my recipes, either here on the blog or in my cookbook. The ones I took on my trip were a sample from a friend in LA– she’s going to be selling some of her homemade bars soon, and they’re delicious!

4. Raisins. I don’t offer my son dried fruit often at home, but it’s a convenient option when you need a shelf-stable snack. I love Made in Nature snacks because they’re always organic and free of added sugar. I actually keep this snack in my diaper bag all the time, so we’re never stuck without a healthy snack!

These snacks got us through 2 hours of waiting in the airport, plus a 3+ hour flight, so I hope these ideas will come in handy for you in the future, too!

Reader Feedback: What are your favorite travel snacks? 

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Laura @ Raise Your Garden

Macadamia nuts are by far my favorite snack! They make me convince myself I’m going to Hawaii when In reality I never am. Oh well. Great snack ideas. I remember once when I forgot to pack any homemade snacks and had to eat at the airport as we were starving. My stomach wasn’t the same for a week.


You’re allowed to bring smoothies? What size containers?!?!??!?!

    Megan Gilmore

    I don’t even think the container size matters– it doesn’t really count in the normal liquids limits, which is why they require special testing by the TSA agents. However, it is MUCH easier to do this when you’re traveling with kids! They don’t even question why you need a special drink when you are traveling with kids; I’ve heard that trying to get a smoothie past them as an adult does require some sort of explanation– like sharing with them that you have low blood sugar or special diet / medical needs.


I love to bring chopped apples, avocados, and green juice:)


When I traveled from CT to Hawaii (and back), I was feeling desperate lol! But it ended up working well. I could not pack fruit or veggies leaving Hawaii (I almost cried when I had to throw it out due to the restrictions on produce), but going there I packed apple, banana, zucchini, carrots, celery, almond butter, a dried corn I found at Whole Foods in the baby section (had only corn as ingredient) and the house turkey slices from Whole Foods. On the way back, I only snacked on a salad, fresh fruit salad (thank goodness some airport stores are getting much more healthy) and almond butter as the flights were red eyes and early morning so it didn’t cut into regular meals. I like to eat light when traveling.

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

I never knew homemade smoothies were allowed through airport security. This is great to know for those early morning flights when I can’t eat breakfast before I get to the airport.


We had our first experience traveling with our kids, nine and two last month and even with two adults it was a challenge! For snacks, we packed organic spelt pretzels and Annie’s cheddar bunnies. I rarely buy these sorts of things but didn’t have time to make my own cheddar crackers for them prior to leaving. For drinks, we didn’t even take the chance of trying to get through security with any as our flight left at 7:15 a. m. So we took empty BPA free bottles and bought organic milk and juice at the airport to fill them with. I also had some baggies of homemade trail mix and some organic suckers…which are a very rare treat but help with the pressure changes. Everyday travel usually means blueberries or grapes, maybe some pieces of cheese or a homemade granola-type bar. But sometimes I do have to fall back on the prepackaged stuff. I jus try to keep at as healthy as I can for the little ones!

Jessica Lane @ Styled Nutrition

Always so much better to be prepared than to rely on airport/airplane food! I like homemade granola bars or trail mix!


I’d be interested to know how you kept the blueberries from getting squished in a ziplock bag. Had thought about taking some blueberries on my last business trip, but wondered if I’d end up with a bag of mush! On a related note, one of my seatmates brought her blueberries in the plastic pint clamshell container.
Some of my traveling companions – Kit’s organic food bars (peanut butter and cashew are my favorites), nuts in a ziplock bag, freeze dried fruits (taste great and are almost weightless) coconut chips in a ziplock bag (raw – but there are commercial varieties available). I recently found raw sprouted sunflower seeds and those were really yummy. I always bring my stainless steel water bottle and fill it up after I get through security. I always fly with emergency food as you never know when you’ll get stuck (flight delays, cancellations, mechanical issues, etc).

    Megan Gilmore

    I just kept them in the front of my carry on bag (I used my diaper backpack) so they wouldn’t have anything sitting on top of them!

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