3 Tips About In-Flight Food or How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

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I am currently writing this post from Dubai, just landing from a 6-hour long flight. Not the longest you’d say, not the shortest either. And I feel good. That’s not the usual thing you hear from someone who just came out of a long haul flight.

Well, I’ve found a few hacks that have definitely changed the game regarding my mind and body state after a journey up in the air. And, suprise, food is the key !

This may help you as well, so let me share those few tips.


In-Flight food


Hello Water

Let’s begin with the basics. Dehydration on the plane is extreme and almost the source of all your pains: bloating, headaches, dry skin, dry eyes… We’ve all experienced those. Before your flight, make sure to hydrate even more than usual: as soon as you wake up the morning of your flight, try to drink 2 glasses of water every hour to put your hydration levels at top. Nowadays it’s impossible to bring liquids through airport security but you can definitely bring an empty 1-2L water bottle (that is allowed!) and fill it up with water as soon as you’ve crossed the security. In almost every airport, you’ll find drinking water fountains. If you want to, you can upgrade that water by adding a few slices of lemon and mint in the empty bottle! Once up in the air, drink drink drink, every half hour if possible. Ask the flight attendant to refill your bottle if needed. Try to stay away from coffee and alcohols as it’s accentuating body dehydration. After your flight, make sure you end the day the same way you’ve started it: 2 glasses of water every hour!


Say Yes to Special Meals

Nowadays, almost every company proposes a large variety of special meals to order when you book your ticket: vegan, low-carb, low-cholesterol, gluten free… the choice is amazing. This year, I tried for the first time the vegetarian Indian meal. De-li-cious. If I knew that one day I would look for an airplane meal, I would not have believed it. It’s usually composed of a small cold lentil salad, a vegetable curry, some rice, a kind of chutney and delicious yogurt. And you know what’s best? They bring your special meal first! (Nobody likes to wait for food). I am not saying that this one is the best for you, but next time, definitely upgrade your meal when buying your ticket and shop for specials!


Snack Snack

I always found myself SO hungry when air traveling. I can’t help it. Even if I know that this hunger is likely a result of dehydration, I have to snack. But snack smart! Like your water bottle, bring your own to be sure to have the right food and not inhale 2 M&M’s XXL packets. Nuts, dried fruits, yogurts are the best. My date balls recipe is perfect for the occasion: very satisfying and full of good stuff.

In-flight food can definitely be a pleasurable experience with a tiny preparation. And what is better than beginning your journey with an enjoyable and relaxing flight ?


And you ? What do you like to eat when air traveling?

Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of thefrenchwaytohealth.com. On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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