10 Snacks Allowed Past TSA
Save money by packing your own travel snacks.
If you have ever traveled by air, you know that the food selection at the airport can be a little lacking and it can also put a dent in your travel budget. Plus if you have a specific diet it can be even more so. Who wants to pay $17 dollars for a simple salad or PB & J sandwich? Many people don’t realize that you can bring your own food and snacks on the plane. You just have to make sure you follow TSA rules!
According to TSA regulations, you can carry on solid snacks like sandwiches, cookies, nuts, trail mix crackers, dried and fresh fruit are allowed in carry-on bags in unlimited quantities. You can also bring your own empty bottle of water and once you pass TSA you can fill it at a fountain.
Here are some ideas for your next trip, but before we get into it keep in mind that international flights can have different rules, so you might want to check with the airline.
1. Burritos & Sandwiches
This is a great option for an easy meal to take on the plane, but make sure to wrap it up well to avoid any spills. Liquids are only allowed in the 3.4oz or fewer quantities, so if your sandwich or burrito is leaking, that might be a deal breaker with TSA.
2. Trail Mix
Trails mix is such a simple little snack filled with so many nutrients. You get a nice little protein boost and it will help tame the hunger until you have something larger.
3. Fruits & Veggies
Dried fruit, as well as fresh fruit, are both allowed past TSA. When picking fresh fruit and veggies go with the hardy options that won’t become mush. Apples, grapes, and carrots are great options.
4. Dry Cereal & Granola
You can pack these with you and some fruit alongside it, for an early flight breakfast. No one wants to be hangry on a long morning flight.
5. Protein Bars & Granola Bars
These bars are great for a great pick me up and you can take several with you and snack throughout your travel day.
6. Chocolate & Candy
QUICK TIP: For chocolate, place it in the freezer for an hour or two before you travel to keep your chocolate from melting in your travels. If your chocolate is starting to melt it can be considered a liquid and you might have to toss it. Plus buying you sweets before you get the airport saves you time and money because most shops in the airport overprice items.
7. Dry Salads
You can pack a nice dry salad or a grain salad with the dressing in a separate 3oz container stored in a one-quart zip bag. TSA will allow the salad as long as it is dry and isn’t dressed yet.
8. Protein Powder
You can take your protein powder along with you on the plane. You can also take an empty bottle of water fill it up passed TSA and then assemble the protein drink at a later time.
9. Crackers & Cookies
This is a great versatile snack to take with you. You can get peanut butter crackers and many other individually packed cookies for your convenience.
10. Creamy Dips & Spreads
Creamy dips and spreads like hummus, cream cheese, ketchup, and peanut butter are great options to take along with snacks but have to stay within the “3.4oz or less” regulations. Luckily there are many options for travel sized packets.
Convenient Travel Tip
Separate your snacks and food into one-quart zip bags to keep everything well organized and if you are asked to separate your food from the rest of your luggage it can be done easily.
Leave us comments about your favorite travel snacks and airport hacks.