Instant oatmeal makes a portable, filling in-flight meal (with gummy bears for the descent)
Lewellen solved the problem of kid food on the airplane like this:
Is this even a hack? It worked well for us and I was pleased with myself for thinking of it... On recent cross-country flights, I had to provide breakfast and lunch for my family of four, as JetBlue doesn’t provide any meals. Of course, the meals had to meet the new no liquids carry-on restrictions. I brought instant oatmeal in packets, and asked the flight attendant for hot water - two cups of hot water plus two extra cups mixed four packets of oatmeal. We even had ice handy for cooling the oatmeal down. It can be hard to get my kids to eat real food while on the plane, but they liked the oatmeal and I knew they had some hearty food in them before the snacks arrived.
We also offer them gummy bears for the descent - they're chewy enough to help clear ears and you don't have to worry about kids swallowing gum.
Man, when I think of the number of smooshed sandwiches I've served my kids on planes...this is a great idea.
What are your favorite foods to bring along for air travel?
No-spill car breakfast: oatmeal in an insulated mug
Plenty more ideas in the Travel/Going Out archive