While some airlines surprise passengers with gourmet plane food, there are plenty out there that serve food questionable enough to summon nausea. It’s always a good idea to be equipped with your own smart snacks, especially when flying internationally. Check out these smart snacks below that you should pack for your next flight.

A Colorful Mix Of Dried Fruit And Nuts

As far as travel snacks go, this is an oldie but a goodie. Dried fruit and nuts are a smart snack to pack for any international flight for a number of reasons. Thanks to their great taste, convenience, and health benefits, they are a great snack to prepare before you leave for the airport.


When choosing snacks to pack in your carry-on, it’s always a good idea to go for something convenient, quick, and easy. The last thing you want to do is have to worry about preparing elaborate meals when you’re getting ready to go on an international flight—instead, an option like dried fruit and nuts is something you can quickly get ready within minutes, if not seconds, before leaving.

They’re easy to store either in a container or bag and don’t need to be refrigerated, so there’s no need to worry about what will happen to your snack in the event of flight delays.

The sweetness of the dried fruit will satisfy those with a sweet tooth and provides great taste, while the nuts give a dash of protein. Plus, there’s no denying that dried fruit tastes even more delicious when paired with savory nuts. Our favorite combo has to be apricots and almonds, but there are so many fruits and nuts to choose from!

Delicious, Salty, Veggie Chips

Protein Bars That You Can Buy Or Make

If you’re trying to beat jet lag and don’t want to sleep at all on your flight, so you can sleep when you arrive at your destination, it could be a good idea to eat foods that are rich in protein. Unlike heavy refined carbs, protein can give you sustained energy that doesn’t burn out so quickly.

Meat products are popular sources of protein but aren’t always a good idea to pack for a plane trip due to the fact that you’ll probably need to keep them cool. Protein bars, on the other hand, can be conveniently stored in your carry-on.

There’s no shortage of store-bought protein bars out there, and you’ll even be able to buy them from the airport. But again, by baking them yourself, you’ll have complete control of what ingredients go into them.

Sweet And Savory Surprise Boxes That Fit Right In Your Carry-On


Sweet and savory surprise boxes are becoming increasingly popular amongst travelers taking long-haul flights. By packing a combination of sweet and savory snacks, you’ll ensure that all your cravings are satisfied. Having a wide range of snacks to choose from can also take some of the boredom out of flying.

Many travelers choose to pack mostly healthy ingredients in their boxes, so the odd sections of confectionery and salty snacks also have their place. You can find inspiration for what to pack inside the boxes online, but common snacks include nuts, pretzels, licorice, cereal, whole-grain crackers, and dried fruit.

Dip Powders That You Can Assemble On The Plane

You may not be able to keep dips fresh enough to bring on an international flight but you can bring shelf-stable versions and powders that turn into dips. Many powders on the market these days turn into creamy dips with the addition of hot water, which will be available from your flight attendant.

Bringing fresh vegetables should be avoided in hot weather, and will also need to be thrown out if you haven’t eaten them by the time you land in certain countries. But bringing wholegrain crackers is a great option as these will also give you longer-lasting energy.