Which is the Best Food to Eat When Flying?!

Who else shares our love for food?! Naturally, the local cuisine is something most of us include at some point during our research. Who isn’t aware of the mouth-watering traditional Italian pasta dish, the connection between paella and Spain and the love Germans got for their bratwurst (sausage)? Perhaps, a cuisine which we seem to forget all about is the one we bump into every time we go abroad – Ever wondered which is the best food to eat when flying?

Food to eat when flying

Although some may be stricter on their diets than others, food is generally something that us humans desire. Experiencing the local cuisines of different countries is always a big part of each and every trip we take. Observing (and tasting) the way people from different parts of the world fuel their body is not just beautiful but also, eye-opening! In some countries, food is actually a way of life – mostly referring to the street vendors who spend outrageous hours every single day, serving local dishes from the side of the road.

Prepare Prior to Leaving the House

Food and drinks from both the airport and onboard a plane are three times more expensive than what we should be paying for. We leave that option as the last resort by preparing our backpacks before leaving for a trip, excluding the liquids (water etc.). Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be let past security with over 100ml of water. So, packing that is not an option. However, it’s completely fine to prepare an empty bottle and then refill it from one of the drinking fountains found in the departure hall, after passing security.

On the same note, dressings, yoghurts, soups and sauces should be avoided since they may cause an issue when passing through the security check.

That’s hydration covered, how about the food?

The amount of food and snacks we take depends on several factors including the length and time of the flight, whether we have a layover as well as the number of hours (or nights 🙈) we’ll be spending at the airport.

Food to eat when flying

What’s best to prepare?

Let’s start with food NOT to prepare or eat on the day of a flight. Although some of them may be healthy, stay away from gassy foods! This is not just in respect to the fellow passenger(s) sitting next to you in such a confined space. It’s because gassy foods can make you very uncomfortable when flying. See, when the plane starts to ascend and it goes higher, the cabin pressure drops. This results in any gas in the intestines to expand, leaving you very disturbed and cramped throughout the journey. Foods of this sort may include:

  • beans
  • dairy products
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • asparagus
  • soft drinks
  • onions
  • hard candy
  • etc.

Compared to other countries around the world, Maltese bread is considered as one of the best. If our flight interrupts either lunch or dinner, we usually prepare some nice light sandwiches and dried fruit to nibble on. Other good options to include would be a cold rice/pasta salad, nuts, wraps and crackers.

Who Should Prepare the Food?!

Preparing food for a flight can be a great chance for those with the least cooking skills to practice. It’s not like it will make much of a difference in the end. Why? When flying at an altitude, our taste buds are numbed in a similar way to when having a cold. Likewise, our sense of smelling goes away. This is affected mostly by the low level of humidity, low pressure and the constant engine noise bombarding the plane’s cabin.

Heck, this is one of the few times I get complimented on my food!


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