The Best Airplane Snacks for Toddlers, Babies, Preschoolers and Kids
Airplane travel can be stressful for parents. But it does not have to be! One of the best ways to keep young kids entertained while on a flight or a road trip, is food!Â I usually pack A LOT of good travel snacks. I mix it up between healthy travel snacks and some treats, but make sure you donâ€™t pack too much salty stuff. Salt makes kids thirsty, which means more bathroom trips (and we all know these always happen at the most inopportune time – when the seatbelt sign is on, or when the plane is headed down the runway!).
Travel snacks for toddlers is the most popular search I have come across. Maybe because from about ages 1 to 5, snacks make great entertainment on a road trip or a flight! With more and more flights not offering meals, I have expended my best travel snacks for babies to kids!
Travel Packing Containers for Kids
I wanted to start off with the container we use on our toddler airplane snacks. When I first wrote this post, our boys were 3 and 1, we loved the Innobaby products, especially the Packin SmartÂ back cups for toddlers, forÂ its compact size and its clear plastic.
It fits great into the side of a backpack or any water bottle holder! It gives kids a few options for travel snacks for toddlers, and they donâ€™t spill when dropped, compared to a traditional bowl.
I recently stumbled across this snack container as well, this SnackStakÂ toddler snack container. I like that it has different sized options for toddler snacks! Click on the photo below to check it out!
Both of these travel snack cups for kids are great for small quantities of raisins, cheerios, puffs and melts (always cater to your childâ€™s age when choosing snacks). My three year old loves the tall tower and getting to choose what he wants to eat. My one-year-old is occupied with trying to pull out the snacks through the small hole of the Innobaby toddler snack cupInnobaby Toddler Snack Cup. Every extra minute you can occupy them while travelling, is usually a good thing! I also like that my toddler canâ€™t dump them everywhere; because of the small hole, they come out slower than using a bowl. It also works great for formula so you can premeasure what you will need for your trip!
Skip hopÂ also has a new toddler snack cup that comes in its always adorable animal styles! I would love to get my hands on one of these to match my kids backpacks! You can click on the photos below and check the current prices on Amazon.
Little ones often like the MunchkinsÂ snack catchers as they can reach in themselves. If you do get these, go with the Munchkin brand. i have tried a knockoff brand, and the lid DID NOT stay attached!
Other great Snack Packing options can be found here.
Airplane Snacks for Toddlers (and Babies and Kids too):
Travel food for toddlers is a popular topic among travelling families. Whether it is road trip food or plane snacks for toddlers, keep this list handy for your babies, toddlers or kids for your next vacation!
- Puffs:Â are funÂ to pick up one by one and they melt easily (but they are a bit sticky). They are popular airplane snacks for a 1 year old. Some younger babies love these too! Pack up one or two tiers of your innobaby packing smart with puffs and you have a snack and entertainment for your little one
- Cut up Grapes: This one was a favourite of my little ones. It was something that kept my toddler’s full and did not make them thirsty! Fill a small container with these on your next road trip or flight!
- Pouches:Â even 3 year olds will have apple sauce and other snacks from a pouch when we travel! These make great airplane snacks for kids and have way less chance of spillage (plus you donâ€™t need to carry a spoon). A word of caution: Â beware of toddlers squeezing them before they get to their mouth! (yes we have had that happen on occasion!). I tend to put the spout up to their mouth then give them the rest of it!
- Cheerios: Fill your Innobaby Packin Smart with cheerios for your toddler, it’s a popular one!
- Sandwiches:Â they donâ€™t make much of a mess and are staples for kids. A tupperware container will make sure they don’t get squished in your toddler’s carry-on.
- Gold Fish Crackers or Annie’s Bunnies: A staple in most mom’s kitchens, this travel food for toddlers came on every trip with us when my boys were young!
- Granola Bars: Granola bars and cereal bars make great snacks for kids on plane. Make sure toÂ pick the kinds that donâ€™t get squished (and mom and dad can munch on them too).
- Dried fruits â€“ they are light and take up less space than packing an apple! But be careful on international flights about their policies on food and make sure to always declare them to customs if you pre-clear customs before your flight! (or on arrival if you havenâ€™t eaten them all!)
- Freeze dried fruits: Trader Joe’s freeze dried strawberries are my kid’s favourites! They almost melt in your mouth so are great for toddlers, and the big kids love them too! These have quickly become my healthy snacks for kids on the go when I can’t get my hands on fresh strawberries!
- Pre-packaged crepes: These are new in our arsenal for snacks for traveling in the car! But they are also great on airplanes. Yes, a bit sweet, but something for your kids to munch on and they come in individual packages!
- Cheese Strings or Babybel Cheese: While I do not always pack these if it is going to be a long day, they are perfect snacks for traveling in the car, while waiting at the airport or on the plane! They are mess free, and the little ones love the little string cheese octopus!
- Yogurt Covered Pretzels: While I consider these a for older kids, they make good airplane snacks, even for adults! Pack a couple small bags in your carry-on on your next trip!
- Special snacks they donâ€™t get a home â€“ flights are long and boring. Keeping kids entertained means less stress for momâ€™s (and dadâ€™s). Maybe yogourt or chocolate covered raisins or other snacks from the junk section of the grocery store.
Additional Tips for your Toddler Travel Checklist
- Always pack more than you think you will need. Flight delays or baggage delays can happen at any time, and we try to avoid hungry kids at all costs! An extra snack to sit them down while you grab the bags off the carousel will go a long way and keep your stress-level down!
- Sippy Cup:Â Donâ€™t forget the Sippy cupÂ or Water Bottle!Â Those cups of water that the flight attendant’s provide donâ€™t stand a chance against a toddler and a tray table and will make a big mess! Even for my almost 4 year old, itâ€™s much easier to put his drink in a sippy cup with a straw, and he can drink at his leisure. Everyone knows that those tray tables are up and down and up and down again when you are travelling with toddlers and kids!
- Pack a change of clothes. Because sometimes spills and accidents happen when you are traveling with children. And do not just pack for the kids, ensure you have a change of clothes for yourself, because those spills are not always just on your little ones!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.