It’s always fun to jet off into the sunset on vacation. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of flying itself, there’s nothing better than stepping into a new adventure on the other end! But, if you’re a vegan, sometimes it’s tricky on those long flights, and planning ahead makes a difference. We endured an 11 hour flight last January, and if it wasn’t for having these 4 tips for travelling on a plane in our back pocket, it would have been rough!
Now, these tips may be geared towards vegans who don’t have snacks and meals as easily available, but it’s totally applicable for anyone travelling! If you want to save money so you can spend it on your trip (and not on overpriced plane food and drinks), then listen up!
4 Tips for Travelling on a Plane
Travel Tip #1: Pack your own snacks
We know, space is precious when it comes to travel. But trust us, the little amount of space it takes to pack some snacks is well worth the money you’ll save. Not to mention, there’s nothing worse than hunger pains and not being able to eat anything! Now, depending on where you’re travelling there could be restrictions to what you’re bringing, but the following are usually A-OK:
- Nuts & seeds – this is a great option because you don’t need to bring a lot to keep yourself feeling full, and you can eat them slowly to make them last
- Hummus and Pita Chips – Also a very safe option that’s super tasty, and you can bring a variety of different hummus flavours! There is one thing to be mindful of. Hummus shows up closer to the liquid side of things when your luggage is scanned, so make sure it’s in small containers (under 100 ml), and make sure it’s near the zipper. Trust us. We’ve been stopped!
- Cut up vegetables – You may think you can’t bring fresh produce on a plane, but you can! As long as the food is prepared (i.e. cut up already) it’s usually okay. You can always double check with your airline before too. Honestly, nothing beats the fresh crunch of celery or cucumber after a few hours on a plane. Plus, they pair great with that Hummus we mentioned!
Travel Tip #2: Make your own meal
Sort of related to tip #1, tip #2 is basically a must if you’re vegan, but it’s also a great way to save $10+per person if you’re not. And that’s to make your own meal.
On most of our flights, we’ve seen a vegetarian option, but usually it has cheese or sauce we can’t have. Sadly, this food is pre-prepared so you’re hard-pressed to get it without. That’s why we love bringing our own meal. Our go-to? Our Roasted Vegetable Sandwich! It’s so easy to prep beforehand, travels well, and is DELICIOUS! And it doesn’t take up much space either (win!).
Travel Tip #3: BYOwB (Bring your own Water Bottle)
This tip has been a game changer for us. We love water, and when you’re sitting in a dry air tube full of recycled air you get THIRSTY! Save yourself a lot of money on bottles of water (and help the environment too) by bringing your own bottle! Now, you need to make sure it’s empty when you go through security, but once you’re on the other side fill it up as much as you want!
Travel Tip #4: Pack everything in reusable bags
We love packing things in reusable bags for a few reasons. First, of course, less waste! And we are all about reducing our waste when we can. This lets us bring our own snacks, and not fill up garbage bins. We know you’re thinking “but then I have to bring around my reusable containers this whole trip”. Yes, that is true. BUT! You can reuse them for other things! Reusable ziploc bags (like Stasher bags) can hold wet bathing suits, and reusable mesh bags can hold snacks first and dirty clothes later! Plus, you can always put any loose items in extra mason jars to keep things compact in your bag.
And there you have it! 4 tips for travelling on a plane vegan, and just simply saving money! What did you think of our tips? Do you have any handy travel ideas to save money and stay full? Let us know!