Is it possible to starve on a plane?

plane wing view

There’s nothing worse than starting the descent to your destination after a long-distance flight and feeling hungry. OK, there are of course worse things like war and racism and people like Putin having so much power. So let’s say it’s ‘rather unpleasant’ to be hungry on a plane.

After a 10 hour flight of eating airplane food which is basically designed to keep the toilet queue short, I usually feel a mixture of sick and hungry. If I’m lucky I get some dry croissant or sandwich just before the descent starts but that still doesn’t really do it for me. And then, by the time, the plane finally touches down and you finally get into the airport (probably via some stupid bus because the plane parked miles away), stand in the immigration queue for ages with no access to food or water… I’m just not amused.

And that is why I come prepared!

Evian water on a plane

I usually make sure to bring the following things onto the plane:

  • fresh fruit and/or veg that I prepare at home and keep in a Ziploc bag
  • lots and lots of water – there are never enough drinks for me on a plane
  • some sort of high fiber crisp bread or something along those lines (ha, fiber! In your face airline!)

my legs on a plane When I’m flying to Japan soon, I’m planning to bring lots of food and water again. I don’t want to arrive cranky and unhappy. And as a special treat I bought myself one of those horseshoe shaped inflatable cushions that people wear around their necks when they walk around in the airport and look like complete muppets.

Just a word of advice – if you’re changing flights, you might not be able to bring any bottles of drink onto the next flight because you’re going through security again. So don’t make the mistake that I made and buy enough water for 20 hours and then having to leave it at Frankfurt airport security after two hours.

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