Flying the friendly skies soon? Join the crowd: A recent TripAdvisor survey found 62 percent of travelers plan on flying somewhere in June, July and August. Travel snafus like long security lines can leave you crunched for time -- and when you’re rushed, you’re more likely to grab whatever grub is closest, even if it’s super high in calories and low in nutrients, says Lisa Stadler, a registered dietitian in New York City. Just as bad: “You may end up not grabbing anything -- and because most flights don’t offer food, you’ll be starving when you reach your destination, and therefore more likely to overeat when you finally do sit down to a meal,” says Stadler.
Smart solution: Pack easy-to-transport snacks and small meals that won’t go bad in an hour or two, like a peanut butter sandwich made on whole wheat bread or an apple, advises Stadler. (All solid food can be taken through security; liquids can’t, but buy a bottle of water or bring an empty one to refill at a drinking fountain when you clear security). “If you know the airport has decent options, arrive 15 minutes early and seek out a turkey wrap without mayo, oatmeal or even a yogurt and a bottle of water,” she says. Another tip: Google the airports you’ll be using before you go; many now list their food vendors online, so you can scope out healthy options ahead of time.