I have been working as an air hostess for well over 10 years. Over the years I have become very aware of the dos and don’ts of eating and drinking on an airplane. I have collected the most important tips here. These tips are useful for travelers of all ages.

DO:

  • Try to eat as little as possible. Your body reacts differently when you are airborne and eating too much will make you queasy.
  • Drink as much water as possible, it is easy to dehydrate when you are flying. Drink still water, I always add a slice of lemon or lime to my water. Bubbles turn your stomach into a balloon.
  • Drink chamomile tea, herbal tea and mint tea, these kinds of teas also soothe the stomach.

DO NOT:

  • Drink alcohol. Alcohol increases dehydration which is already high when you are flying. Your blood contains less water and alcohol reduces the level even further.
  • Drink coffee. Also because it is dehydrating. I will only drink a cup of coffee just before landing if the plane I am on arrives early in the morning, local time. Otherwise I will wait and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the airport. Also, coffee just tastes better when it has not been brewed with water that tastes of chlorine.
  • Eat salad. Salad is harder to digest and increases gasses in the stomach.
  • Eat white bread. Same as salad. White bread increased gasses in the bowels and in low pressure conditions that is not the best combination. Neither for you or your fellow passengers.

I always bring my own snack bag. It contains:

  • Bananas
  • Rye bread
  • A hard boiled egg
  • Avocados
  • Carrots, filled with fibers
  • Oranges, refreshing and hydrating
  • Mixed nuts, without salt
  • Dark chocolate. It makes me feel good, and it is a perfect match for a cup of mint tea.

Packing a lunch bag for the kids when flying on holiday with the kids is essential to flying with children. First of all, you can make sure your kids get the most nutritious food, and secondly you can be certain they like it. A third advantage is that you will always have food at hand when your kids are hungry. This way you can avoid having hungry, grumpy children during takeoff and landing.

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