ALLERGY FRIENDLY SNACKS FOR TRAVELING

ALLERGY FRIENDLY SNACKS FOR TRAVELING

You’re all packed for your flight, but have you thought about airplane snacks? We’re talking allergy friendly snacks for traveling that can breeze through TSA. Snacks that you and your kids will enjoy eating and sate your appetite.

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Top 10 Allergy Friendly Snacks To Pack

Allergy Friendly Airplane Snacks

The moment hunger strikes, it’s smart to have portable snacks that are delicious and filling within arm’s reach inside your carry-on personal item. With just a little planning, you’ll be prepared with a mix of healthy snacks (and a few sweet treats) to satisfy those cravings and snack attacks!

Allergy Friendly Snacks for Traveling a Long Haul Flight

Since you’re in the plane for quite a few hours, you’ll need to pack meal type foods in addition to treats. Think protein and savory foods.

Nut-Free Travel Snacks

Try to bring a mix of savory and sweet foods to satisfy your needs. Some allergy friendly snacks for traveling can be prepackaged, while others can be homemade. You might want to bring some crunchy foods and some soft foods.

Whether you have an allergy or not, it’s a good idea to bring nut-free snacks, since you won’t know if they’ll declare that nuts are not allowed to be eaten on the flight. It may happen and you should plan for it.

allergy friendly snacks for traveling
Passengers (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

What Kind of Snacks Can You Take on a Plane?

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) states that solid food items (not liquids or gels) can be transported in either your carry-on or checked baggage.

TSA officers may instruct travelers to separate items from carry-on bags such as foods, powders, and any materials that can clutter bags and obstruct clear images on the X-ray machine.

Source: TSA Snacks 

TSA Approved Airplane Snacks

TSA requires that all food must undergo x-ray screening. Foods that are liquids, gels, or aerosols must comply with the 3-1-1 liquids rule.

Source: TSA Liquids Rule

Food Allergy Facts

The top 9 most common food allergens are cow’s milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, sesame, fish, and shellfish.

More than 50 million Americans have an allergy of some kind. You probably know one of those people or are one yourself. Food allergies are estimated to affect 4% – 6% of children and 4% of adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Food allergy symptoms are most common in babies and children, but they can appear at any age. You can even develop an allergy to foods you have eaten for years with no problems.

Source ACAAI Food Allergy Overview

How to Store Airplane snacks

Food can be packed with a solid plastic ice pack and a small cooler. Get a note from your doctor stating the need for food allergy medication and safe foods.

Don’t try any new foods on travel days. Make sure you’ve eaten the food many times before. It’s not worth the risk mid-flight.

Make sure you have enough food for the flight and a little extra in case of delays.

Do beware of what is allowed through customs in your destination. Certain foods may need to be consumed before deplaning.

Bring your Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan. This may help when carrying your EpiPens or other Epinephrine injectors. TSA may allow small drinks for the allergic child with a doctor’s note.

Best TSA Approved Airplane Snacks

What follows is a comprehensive list of allergy friendly snacks for traveling. Pick and choose what works for your family. Try them out at home first. If they’re accepted and safe, add them to your personal list.

For latest allergen info, be sure to contact the manufacturer.

PROTEIN

  • Protein bars are an easy grab and go. Look at this list of nut-free granola/protein bars
  • Cubed chicken pieces
  • Deli meat
  • Pepperoni
  • Beef jerky
  • Cheese
  • Garbanzo beans

VEGETABLES

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Cubed sweet potatoes (cooked)
  • Baby carrots
  • Celery sticks
  • Fresh broccoli florets
allergy friendly snacks for traveling tomatoes
Tomatoes (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

CARBOHYDRATES OR CARBS

  • Crackers
  • Sandwiches
  • Bread

FRUITS

allergy friendly foods for traveling grapes
Grapes (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

BARS

SNACKS

allergy friendly snacks for traveling chips
Chips (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

COOKIES

Some of these may have wheat. So decide what works for you.

CANDY

NUT ALTERNATIVE BUTTERS

Peanut butter alternative spreads on rice cakes or bread make for a filling healthy snack! If you’re a toast type of person, go for the rice cake for the crunch.

If you prefer a chocolate spread, check out these Nutella alternative spreads.

Make sure to use containers that are 3.4 ounces or smaller to comply with the TSA Liquids Rule.

  • Wowbutter
  • Sunbutter To Go Cups or small pouches
  • Biscoff Cookie Butter
  • Seed butters
  • Alternative nut butters

HOMEMADE FOODS

  • Dollar sized pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Sandwiches
  • Make homemade meatballs for an easy to eat protein.
  • Trail mix with your own blend of safe foods.
  • Make your own granola with oats, honey, olive oil, raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, seeds.
  • Make your own rice krispie treats with safe cereal and safe sweeteners

Allergy Friendly Snacks for Traveling on a Road Trip

If you’re not traveling by airplane, these all make great road trip snacks as well! Whether you’re traveling by car, van, RV, or bus, you’ll be prepared. In fact, you don’t need to worry about TSA rules, so it’s even easier to pack whatever you like!

allergy friendly snacks for traveling road trips

RV (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

THE BOTTOM LINE – FLYING WITH FOOD ALLERGIES

Remember there are others in similar shoes, living this life with food allergies.

Follow some of the ideas above. It will hopefully make your life a little easier and more prepared for your vacation.

If you have a tip to share, please add a comment below and help another family.

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