Managing your diet for long haul flights doesn’t need to be stressful, it simply requires a little forethought and planning.
If you’re not confident the airline food options will cater to your needs, bring your own food. I’ve never had a problem taking food out of the country BUT there are a few points you need to be mindful of:
1. Remove any excess liquid.
There are limits to how much fluid you can take, so don’t bring full water bottles/ shakers or foods that are of a liquid consistency (eg yoghurt). Also make sure you drain any excess liquid from your food. For this reason, I don’t recommend taking canned tuna.
2. Don’t bring metal cutlery
It will set the metal detectors off and will be confiscated at security. Use plastic knives, forks and spoons.
3. Use Zip lock baggies
These are a great way to save space if you are carrying a lot of meals. I usually bring at least one plastic bowl with me though so I have something to eat out of.
4. Choose foods that don’t spoil easily and that you don’t mind eating cold.
Sometimes the flight staff can heat things up for you, or you may have access to a parents room with a microwave at the airport, but not always.
5. Be prepared to dump any unfinished food at the gate when you reach your final destination.
Some locations are extremely strict with what you bring in, like fruit. Generally if it is pre-cooked they usually let it through, but again, don’t rely on it. You’re best to plan ahead and find your nearest grocery store once you land.