Airport and Aeroplane
So first up let’s navigate through the airport and onto the plane. You definitely want to plan ahead and put some thought into your flight/airport experience. Work out what time your flight is, what time you will be getting to the airport and how long your flight will be. It is likely that from the time of leaving your house to hopping on the plane, a few hours will pass, so some snacks, if not a meal will be required.
Ideally, you have eaten a meal before leaving your home; however, you may for example be leaving home at 3/4 am for an early flight; in which case you won’t want to be getting up any earlier for breakfast at that time! If you plan on having a meal at the airport, see what restaurants and cafes are available. Most airports will have a restaurant where you can choose a healthy meal or a cafe where you can grab something from.
If your flight is long enough that a meal or a couple of meals is required, you may want to consider taking a meal onto the plane with you. Again, if the airport has a good cafe, you may want to pick something up to have on the plane. This is likely to be a healthier option than the food that the plane provides.
I also encourage you to take snacks onto the plane with you. Rarely do you get a selection of healthy snacks on board. Think about foods that will travel well in your bag. If you have forgotten to pack some snacks with you, again you will find most airports have something like a WH Smith, where you can pick up a range of snacks such as cereal bars, protein bars, yoghurt pots, nuts, fruit, popcorn or dried fruit. Having some emergency snacks in your bag is always a good idea in case you find you need something on the plane. Particularly if you are on a long flight, you don’t want the boredom grazing to kick in and find all there is on offer is crips and chocolate bars.
My final point here is that I know it can be tempting to get excited in the airport and buy lots of sweets, chocolates or pastries; however, these food choices won’t help with energy levels, hunger or even sleep on the flight.