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#1 diane64

 
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:49 PM

I am planning a trip and am wondering I can pack food in my checked luggage? I have read that I can't bring any food on the plane unless I buy it after I go through security.
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:06 PM

You can put all kinds of things in your checked baggage. The only things you can NOT put in your CARRY ON baggage are liquids or gels (except small containers that are then put in a quart ziploc bag). We've taken frozen food (bread, cookies, Amy's mac & cheese) with freezer packs in soft sided cooler things (8.5 x 11 pyrex insulated cooler is what we use) in our CHECKED bags. I have also packed boxes of cereal, tuna packets, loads of snack foods - cookies, bars, flat fruit, oatmeal, etc.

As for the carry-ons, I pack PB&J sandwiches (we like them on pancakes, so I usually make a couple sandwiches and then take the extra pancakes to make fresh sandwiches the next day), fruit, chips, bars, candy bars, etc.

I'm sure if anyone looked at all of our bags together they'd wonder what was up! I does look like I'm packing for a wilderness camping trip with all the food, but I don't like to chance finding what I need.

You just can't take a bottle of water, juice, etc. as carry on, but you can purchase those after security.

Happy flying!
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:23 PM

Thanks for the great advice!!!
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 05:33 PM

I am planning a trip and am wondering I can pack food in my checked luggage? I have read that I can't bring any food on the plane unless I buy it after I go through security.
Thanks!
Diane


I always assume I can't eat the airline meal (if one is offered), because I have 6 allergy restrictions besides gluten intolerance. So I bring in my carry-on luggage (my backpack or large purse) a peanutbutter and banana wrap on a rice tortilla or canned sardines and rice cakes plus a variety pack of dried fruits. I usually pack in my checked luggage a couple of loaves of my favorite gluten-free bread and more canned meats or fish. I have in the past packed a jar (plastic) of my favorite peanut butter. However, since I usually fly to Maui, where I can find everything I need at a health food store near the airport, now I only take what I can't buy there (my favorite bread).
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Posted 12 January 2011 - 08:48 PM

Don't try to take yogurt - they consider it a liquid. I had to dump mine out :(
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 03:13 AM

I recently flew to Israel and on the plane I took:
-- hard boiled eggs
-- those individual size containers of peanut butter -- they're small enough to go right in your ziplock bag.
-- nuts
-- glutino cereal bars (the closest I've found to a regular Nutrigrain bar)
-- other nut bars
-- a banana
-- a couple of apples
-- candy
-- several individual packs of salad dressing

Lol... I had more bars, peanut butter, salad dressing, and those foil packs of tuna stashed in my checked bag. I was hesitant to bring the tuna on board because of the smell.

I did order gluten-free meals in both directions which were pretty bad. :blink: I did eat the fruit and salad (with my own dressing) from the meal, picked at the chicken, then ate two of my eggs, the banana, and a snickers bar. I think my non-gluten-free neighbor was jealous. :D
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:04 AM

I have also taken a thermos and dry hot cereal with dried fruit and nuts. Beg hot water from a coffee shop or your flight attendent, close up, let it sit for an hour, and you have cooked cereal. I would imagine you could do the same with the Thai rice noodle version of ramen...

If it's international, make sure you eat any fresh food before landing (fruit, etc).
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:29 AM

If it's international, make sure you eat any fresh food before landing (fruit, etc).

Yes, I should have mentioned that. Although....even if you do you can still get nabbed at customs. Last year dd and I went to Paris, and we brought several tangerines to eat on the plane coming home. We ate them an hour or so before we landed at Dulles. So there we were in the customs line and I looked down and there was a cute little beagle sitting at my feet. He's one of the food/agricultural product search dogs. My first reaction was "awwww how cute."

Um... turns out that he sits to "alert" the customs officer that he's smelled some contraband. :ph34r: Lol.. apparently citrus is such a strong smell that he sniffed us out right away because the odor was still on our hands and in our carry-on. :lol:
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 04:50 AM

I too carry a lot of food...necessity ! I've been STARVING in airports waiting for flights...really sucks.

Also - don't take those small cans of tuna - I've taken one through once and had one confiscated once.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:03 AM

When we came home from Virginia I had pasta, cookies, peanut butter, Kind bars, Pure bars and cake/cookie mix in my checked luggage with no problems. Also, in my carry on I had kind bars and a bottle of water (although the water was for my son..and then I drank it :P)
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:49 AM

I always take a sandwich (or several) and some fruit or snacks. Once I had the small freezer pack in my soft-sided lunchbox confiscated... even tho I'd called the airline before hand and was assured it would be okay.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:35 AM

Thank you for this very timely and helpful topic!! I'm taking my first flight since going gluten-free at the end of the month and have been brainstorming what I can take on the plane. (it's just from NorCal to Seattle so not too long.)Do you think individual apple sauce and individual hummus count as liquid like yogurt does? I'm bringing gluten-free instant oatmeal packets in my luggage for breakfast at the hotel and have already called and asked for a microwave in my room, so I feel ok about what happens when I get there. Plus I'll have a car and Seattle is a major city so a health food store should be easy enough to find. In many ways I'm excited - I love a challenge. :)

This forum is so beyond wonderful, there are no words. :)
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 11:07 AM

On various flights I have carried on hard boiled eggs, carrot and celery sticks, gluten-free crackers, gluten-free pretzels, sliced cheese, nuts, raisins, Larabars, Kind bars, oranges, apples, and bananas with no problems at security. I do tend to stick to things that are easily identified as food, and not liquid or gels. Even TSA can successfully identify a carrot stick as a non-threatening object. Avoid relying on peanuts as sometimes you'll be asked not to eat them because of people with life-threatening peanut allergies on the plane. Don't pack PB&J as your only food and avoid nut mixes with peanuts if you're planning on eating in-flight.

I've also found bananas for sale at Starbucks, nuts and trail mix with no gluten ingredients at news stands, and gotten containers of plain, steamed rice at Chinese fast food places in the airport.
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:07 PM

Yes, I should have mentioned that. Although....even if you do you can still get nabbed at customs. Last year dd and I went to Paris, and we brought several tangerines to eat on the plane coming home. We ate them an hour or so before we landed at Dulles. So there we were in the customs line and I looked down and there was a cute little beagle sitting at my feet. He's one of the food/agricultural product search dogs. My first reaction was "awwww how cute."

Um... turns out that he sits to "alert" the customs officer that he's smelled some contraband. :ph34r: Lol.. apparently citrus is such a strong smell that he sniffed us out right away because the odor was still on our hands and in our carry-on. :lol:



I had the same experience when returning from London last October, except I had my carry on packed with delicious gluten-free bread I had bought to bring home. Bread is perfectly legal to bring in but they had that cute little beagle sniffing everyone out in the arrivals hall. He promptly sat down in front of my bag and I had to explain to customs what the alert was. They all laughed when I told them I had it packed to the brim with gluten free bread!

The beagle is very cute and very good at his job! :lol:
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Posted 13 January 2011 - 12:24 PM

Thank you for this very timely and helpful topic!! I'm taking my first flight since going gluten-free at the end of the month and have been brainstorming what I can take on the plane. (it's just from NorCal to Seattle so not too long.)Do you think individual apple sauce and individual hummus count as liquid like yogurt does? I'm bringing gluten-free instant oatmeal packets in my luggage for breakfast at the hotel and have already called and asked for a microwave in my room, so I feel ok about what happens when I get there. Plus I'll have a car and Seattle is a major city so a health food store should be easy enough to find. In many ways I'm excited - I love a challenge. :)

This forum is so beyond wonderful, there are no words. :)


Its actually liquid and goo. Thats why you can't take liquid makeup, jello, applesauce, hummus, etc. Those little hummus containers might fit in your baggie.

You can get almond butter in the little packs that fit in your baggie and those might work if they just say no peanuts.
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