You’ve got your updated care plan, your adrenaline injectors, your extra anti-histamines and antibacterial wipes. Next step is packing your safe food. But what should you pack and how much?
When it comes to packing travel food, it is best to pack things you know are safe, and you or your child have eaten multiple times. On a plane, a train, or a road trip is no place to find out something contains allergens. There are times to try new foods; travel is not one of them.
How much food to pack
However long your journey is, pack twice as much food as you think you may need. You always want to account for any travel delays. Packing extra snacks also gives you the freedom to have safe food for the first day or two of travels in case you have difficulties finding things you or your child can eat.
What you can take on a plane
You can take most foods on a plane but you need to consider two things: what you can take in your hand luggage and what is allowed through customs at the other end.
You can pack food in your hand luggage as long as it is not liquid over 100ml. There are some exceptions to this such as baby formula or specialist milk for older toddlers. But it does cover things like fruit pouches, sauces and yoghurts. One good tip is to freeze them, so they are still solid going though security but defrost during your journey. It’s also a great way to keep other food cool!
If you are taking a domestic flight you won’t need to worry about what is in your checked luggage but if you are flying to another country, you need to check what they allow in. Many countries have restrictions on fruit and vegetables, for example.
It is a good idea to pack a significant portion of your food in your carry-on bag, along with your medication. This way, if you are delayed or kind find safe food at the airport or onboard, then you are covered. Plus, if your luggage gets lost for any reason, you will still have supplies.
What snacks to pack
Below are some ideas to help you get started on packing safe snacks.
- Fruit and veggies: dried fruit is easy to carry with you and doesn’t take up much space
- Proteins: hard boiled eggs, cheese, or an allergy friendly ‘go to’ protein
- Plain noodles: boil up your favourite pasta and throw it in a to go container. It may not be the most flavorful meal but will do the trick in a pinch
- Sandwiches or salads
- Granola bars or cereal
- Crackers and an optional protein like cheese, cold meats, or seed butter
- Dark chocolate
- Popcorn, crisps or pretzels: these take up quite a bit of space, but are also great to offer people if they brought snacks containing nuts
What are your favourite allergy safe snacks to pack for a trip?