Travel tips

Best Snacks for Flights

Last updated 3rd January 2017

Avoid an awkward stand-off at security with our pick of flight-friendly snacks to keep your kids happy.


No pastes, creams, jellies, soups or syrups are allowed through security. So leave the hummus behind! While homemade sandwiches may sometimes be allowed through, pies and pasties can be made subject to further screening.

If you do opt to make your own sandwiches, use crusty bread (a baguette or focaccia for example) and fillings that won’t go soggy while you’re travelling, such as ham, salami, and cheese.



Like nappies, always pack more than you need in case of flight delays and fractious little ones.

As we all know, flying with young children requires an armoury of distractions, and many of these come in the form of food.

We’re also well aware of the liquid limitations on flights (nothing over 100mls) when it comes to taking food on flights.



In the case of flight delays, tiny boxes of raisins, mini-bags of pretzels and rice cakes will be your best friends.



Keep a stash of cheese biscuits – these are perfect for keeping quiet a grumpy pre-teen. Dried fruit and breakfast bars can be a great back-up too.



Chopped carrots, cucumber or cherry tomatoes won’t make children as thirsty as other salter snacks, thus lessening the loo trips – always a bonus.



Not only are sweets a good distraction during take-off and landing, but sucking sweets helps little ears to pop and can prevent any unnecessary discomfort.