Travel snacks should be packed in your hand luggage as an alternative to sweets, crisps, chocolate, cakes and other unhealthy options. Airports are full of shops temping you into buying unhealthy foods that are packed with empty calories. Swap chocolates, sweets and crisps with dried fruit, mixed nuts and seeds, oatcakes, yoghurts, beef jerky and low fat muesli bars.
You shouldn’t feel obliged to eat the food provided on the plane. You can pack your own meals and snacks to eat on the plane. Sandwiches, cold pizza, salads and noodle pots are good options to replace main meals.
The best things to drink are water, water with fresh lemon, fruit squash, watered down fruit juice and fruit or herbal teas.
Alcohol can disrupt sleep, cause dehydration and contain empty calories. If you want to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal, make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards.
It’s probably best to try a herbal sleeping pill before you travel rather than trying them for the first time on a flight. However, they can cause disruption to your sleep pattern and can exacerbate the issue of dehydration. You are better off setting your clock to the destination time and using relaxation strategies to help you sleep.
The most important nutritional challenge during short haul is hydration. You will still be susceptible to dehydration whether you are flying long haul or short haul. It’s still best to avoid excessive intake of sugar and processed snacks but going without food for a couple of hours will not do you any harm!