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Meal Planning: What You Can and Can't Carry On
These days, making sure your food is healthy and stored in a safe way aren't the only things you have to keep in mind when preparing a meal for your flight.

1)Liquids still have a 3-ounce limit (exceptions are only for liquid medication, breast milk, and baby formula), so drinks are out until you pass through security. If you donít want to rely on the beverage cart onboard the airplane, youíll need to pick up bottled beverages on the way to your gate. Buy a large bottle of water, and possibly milk or juice if you have children, to get you through the flight.

2)Food that you take through security must be wrapped or contained in some way. The exception is whole, fresh fruits; as long as they are uneaten and unpeeled, they do not need to be wrapped or in a container. Foods can be partially eaten, but they must be wrapped up before going through security.

In-Flight Food: Easy Meals and Snacks
Looking for ideas on what to bring with you to the airport? Try to put together an assortment of items that include some form of protein, which will help keep hunger under control until youíve landed. The following list of healthy snacks and foods can be combined to make easy meals that will tide over most adults and kids alike:

Crackers with cheese or peanut butter
Pretzels
Popcorn
Fresh or dried fruit
Trail mix
Nuts
Granola bars
Sandwiches on whole-grain bread with cheese or peanut butter
Fresh-cut vegetables, like celery or carrots
Rice cakes
Low-fat or baked chips
Beef jerky

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