Enjoy snack-happy travels!
Flying is an exciting prospect for a wide-eyed child; but getting kids to eat the food served on planes, especially with all the distractions on board; can be a real effort. You watch as they turn their nose up at the meagre offerings on-board and before you know it you’ve got a hungry, screaming child on your hands and the tutting of fellow passengers ringing in your ears…
Keeping a handful of snacks and favourite treats handy is a great way to keep tantrums at bay. So here are APH’s top tips for snack-happy travel with children!
Eating at an airport restaurant like this one at Heathrow is a fun way to start your holiday
Your first option is to feed the family before you fly, choosing one of the many restaurants in the departure lounge; this can prove costly thanks to inflated airport prices, but if you’re happy to splash the cash it could be worth your while as you will have one full up and happy child as you board the plane. An alternative is to book an airport lounge where your family can enjoy endless snacks and a place to relax.
Who can blame kids for finding airplane food unappealing
If you fly with an airline like British Airways or Virgin, you can pre-order a children’s meal; but some airline’s ideas of what constitutes a child’s meal can be questionable. In the likely event that your beloved child turns their nose up at the plane food offerings, the chances are they will at least eat the bread rolls and crackers that come on the side. If they are wildy distracted when the food comes; stash the packets of snacks in a bag for later.
Packed lunches make for smiley children!
Try making sandwiches with favourite fillings, and take them on-board with you; that way you should be able to get something at least a little substantial in them.
Cereal bars are also a good thing to have on you; they are a great alternative to sweets and chocolate. Look out for the healthier organic brands like Organix Goodies.
The perfect time to feed your baby is during take-off and landing, as sucking on a bottle of milk or formula helps the ears of little ones. Don’t forget cabin pressure though; loosen the lid when you are not feeding them, to stop it leaking out everywhere!
An ingenious way to make healthy snacking fun!
Fill small bags with healthy and tasty treats, like fresh fruits (as long as it is eaten before landing, as some countries like USA and Australia won’t allow fruit through customs), raisins, nuts, crackers, cereals and rice cakes. Bringing out a different treat each time helps keeps things interesting and curbs the repeated requests for the expensive and calorific snacks on the tantalising in-flight menu!
Gingerbread men are a favourite amongst APH second generationers!
Favourite snacks: if you’re trying to calm a hungry child and not drive everyone else on the plane crazy, giving them their favourite food is bound to resolve the situation quickly and quietly. Chocolate is best avoided though as it can end up in a sticky mess…