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50 Kid-Friendly Airplane Snacks

Very few airlines serve free food on-board anymore. This means that if you want to avoid the overpriced (and largely unhealthy) snack boxes and sandwiches they may have, you need to pack your own meals and snacks when traveling with kids.

After hundreds of in-flight hours with my kids at various ages and stages, I’ve had a lot of practice figuring out which snacks work and which don’t. If you need inspiration for packing snacks for your next flight, look no further!

Kid-friendly airplane snacks

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To make this list, snacks had to meet two important criteria: 1) not be too messy and 2) last for a long time without refrigeration. As much as my daughter loves strawberries and bananas, we rarely bring them on planes because the potential for messes or stains is just too high. Soft fruit gets squished and bruised. You might note that a lot of the snacks that did make my list are bite sized pieces. And, with pieces, there is certainly the potential for dropping and spilling. For toddlers and younger kids, a snack cup is an essential item to contain the mess.  (My favorites are the Munchkin Snack Catchers, although The Snack Trap kind are good too.)

A few words of warning – on occasion, the airline you are traveling on may announce that your flight is peanut-free if someone with allergies is on board. It happens very rarely, but it is so important to pack variety of non-peanut snacks for situations like this. (I once found myself at 6 months pregnant on such a flight with nothing but a peanut butter sandwich and learned the hard way!). You really don’t want hungry kids and you REALLY don’t want to put someone with peanut allergies in a situation where a medical emergency happens. Pack a variety of non-nut choices.

Without further ado, here are my top picks for kid-friendly airplane snacks:

50 Kid-Friendly Snacks for Airplanes | Trips With Tykes

40 (Mostly) Healthy Kid-Friendly Airplane Snacks:

  1. Goldfish
  2. Annie’s Bunnies Crackers
  3. Raisins
  4. Craisins
  5. String cheese
  6. Babybel cheese
  7. Wheat Thins
  8. Pretzels
  9. Almonds
  10. Grapes
  11. Mini bagels
  12. Ritz Bits sandwiches
  13. Granola bars
  14. Cereal bars
  15. Fruit leather
  16. Dried fruit pieces
  17. Cheerios
  18. Puffins cereal
  19. Trail mix
  20. Pouches of applesauce or similar (the smaller the better for TSA lines)
  21. Baby carrots
  22. Edamame
  23. Animal crackers
  24. Mini muffins
  25. Apple slices
  26. Pita chips
  27. Celery sticks with peanut butter or hummus (look for single-serve packets of hummus and peanut butter)
  28. Turkey jerky
  29. Chex mix
  30. Clementines
  31. Mini rice cakes
  32. Hard boiled eggs
  33. Graham crackers
  34. Lara or Cliff bars
  35. Triscuits
  36. Rice crackers
  37. Cheese quesadilla bites (refrigerate before your flight and most kids will eat them cold)
  38. Gogurt (or other brand of) yogurt tubes (freeze beforehand if you aren’t going to eat right away)
  39. Popchips
  40. Puffs (great for babies, but my 5 year old loves to steal these snacks from her baby brother too)

And 10 Kid-Friendly Airplane Treats:

  1. M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
  2. Marshmallows
  3. Gummy snacks/gummy bears
  4. Bite size cookies (like Mini Chips Ahoy or Mini Oreos)
  5. Jelly beans
  6. Twizzlers
  7. Sweet tarts
  8. Fruit loops
  9. Fruit rollups
  10. Rice crispy treats

 What are your favorite airplane snacks?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Monday 10th of August 2020

canned chicken salad with crackers or tuna salad, fruit snacks, I freeze the cheese sticks so they don't melt before eating. Flavored rice cakes are good also. Pringles pack well in a backpack and an empty Pringles can is a good place for mom's medications. I put them in snack size ziplocs and label a.m. and p.m. for the trip. Just have to be sure little hands don't get on those, but it is a nice disposable way to carry medications so that you don't have to have anything on the trip back like a pill case would be. This trip I'm also going to try taking a lunchable.

Monday 25th of September 2017

Great list! The first time I flew with our son he was 4 years old. We brought plenty of snacks to keep him busy. While the chips ahoy cookies were delicious, a piece ended up on the seat and when we exited the plane, I noticed melted chocolate chips stuck to his bottom and everything he had on his seat with him. Caution, don't bring chocolate!

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I was looking over the list does the babybel cheese need to be refrigerated?

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