Delicious Zero Waste Snacks to Pack for Your Next Flight

Everyone knows the struggle that is airplane food. It’s expensive, tastes strange and usually comes wrapped beyond belief in plastic and tinfoil. Not good if you’re aiming for zero waste!

Fortunately, with a little bit of advanced planning you can avoid all the disappointment (both gastric and environmental), and save a lot of money in the process. Here are some of our favorite make-ahead airplane snacks that also happen to be totally zero waste. Enjoy!

Crispy roasted chickpeas

How to make them:

  • Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, recycle the can
  • Toss in a generous amount of olive oil and sea salt
  • Lay out in asingle layer on a baking sheet
  • Roast for 30 minutes at 450 degrees until crispy

How to store them for your flight:

  • Store in an airtight container
  • Bring a hankie for oily fingers!

Cinnamon baked apple chips

How to make them:

  • Thinly slice two apples of your choice
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment
  • Place apples in a single layer and sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Bake for an hour at 200 degrees, flip and bake another hour
  • Remove from the oven, recycle the parchment paper

How to store them for your flight:

  • Store loosely in a TSA-approved quart silicon baggie
  • Place on top of other items to avoid crushing them

Garlic hummus with veggies

How to make them:

  • Mix 1 can chickpeas, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup tahini,2T olive oil
  • Recycle the can
  • Blend in food processor until smooth, scraping the sides
  • Cream further with 2-3T of water
  • Season to taste with minced garlic, cumin and paprika
  • Slice veggies of choice and dip to your heart’s content!

How to storeit for your flight:

  • Storehummus in a TSA-approved quart silicone baggie
  • Keep veggies in an airtight reusable container

Caprese sticks

How to make them:

  • Arrange cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and vegan cheese on wood skewers
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil

How to store themfor your flight:

  • Store in an airtight container
  • Bring a reusable hankie for messy fingers

Sesame pepperpopcorn

How to make them:

  • Pop 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels on the stove
  • Toss in 2T melted unsalted butter (or olive oil, if vegan)
  • Dust with2T toasted sesame seeds, 1t sea salt and 1/2t pepper

How to store it for your flight:

  • Store in a rigid airtight container
  • Keep in a cool, dry place

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Anna R
Anna Ryesterday

Thanks for posting

Maria P
Maria P5 days ago

Thanks for posting

Mia B
Mia B9 days ago

thanks for sharing

David C
David C10 days ago

great ideas, thanks

David C
David C16 days ago


Kathy K
Kathy K25 days ago


Jan K
Jan K26 days ago

Thank you

Naomi B
Naomi B27 days ago

Thanks for sharing!

Karen Martinez
Karen M29 days ago

These sound great for just here at home as we are not planning on flying anywhere. Thank you for the article.

Anna R
Anna R29 days ago

thank you for sharing