Flying and travel with a keto, takes a lot of preparation, organization, and work! I'm taking 3-days worth of food with us for a 5-hour flight. Not only do I not have to worry about delays, I don't have to worry about cooking ketogenic meals for 2 days following our arrival. I'm already planning on this being a busy, hectic time for us. From past experiences, I have learned that busy+hectic+not at home = mistakes while cooking keto meals! This allows me to have one less thing to worry about.
First, here is some information that obtained directly from the TSA regarding bringing food for medical reasons on-board an airplane.
- A cooler containing medically necessary food does NOT count as a carry-on.
- You need to "declare" that you have food or liquids greater than 3.4oz while in the TSA security line. This means that you just have to tell the TSA agent that you have these items.
- Coolers are recommended to be no larger than 9" high x 14" wide x 22" long. They are supposed to be placed under the seats, not in the overhead compartments.
- Ice packs are preferred over loose ice or ice in plastic baggies. If the ice melts, you need to keep removing the liquid.
- You are not required to bring a letter from a physician regarding medical diets, however, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to make the process go smoothly.
- Here is a phone # for TSA so you can call them yourself! 1-866-289-9673
This is what I am bringing...
The meals are all the same for each of the 3 days. It was a lot easier to prep that way. Also, they contain most of the needed fat within the meal so I do not have to worry about weighing extra oil on the side.
Strawberry yogurt + 10g coconut oil
macadamia nut doughnuts
crunchy chicken salad + 10g coconut oil
spinach bites + Walden Farms Ranch for dipping
I write on the lids of some containers (it does not work on all plastics) with a wet-erase marker so I don't forget to give extra oil.
This is the bag all packed up! Also included in the bag in the front pocket is a scale, jar of coconut oil, 10ml syringes for giving the oil (already filled with oil), spoon, and scraper. The plan is to ask for a cup of hot water to melt the syringes of oil. I also have a letter from our doctors explaining why we need all of this, just in case.