Many Cabin Crew spend a lot of time away from home and are fine masters at living out of a suitcase. We have to remain healthy and rested with limited time down-route to do our job successfully and sometimes have to plan our resources for eating down-route. Our salary is not renowned for being a good one but with careful planning we can still eat healthily on a budget, in a hotel room. Commonly known as ‘Delsey Dining’ amongst Cabin Crew circles, we can be quite creative when it comes to making a quick snack in the middle of the night.
Good options for surviving the suitcase are:
1# Sachets of oatmeal or muesli make a good filling breakfast or wholesome snack.
2# Cereal bars – healthy and nutritious and also good for a long flight.
3# Instant soup sachets – warm and comforting on a cold night.
4# Coffee, milk powder and tea sachets are a bonus to keep packed, if your hotel has coffee making facilities.
5# Instant noodles – just pour on boiling water and wait, real comfort food.
6# Instant potato mix – can be adjusted with a few spices or bought with flavour added.
7# Beans in a small tin, can either be eaten cold or heated inside a kettle - just put the unopened can inside a filled kettle and once it’s boiled they are done.
8# Instant cous cous – can be made with boiling water and is a nice light meal.
9# Mini packs of rice cakes or corn cakes are tasty to snack on when you need a salt fix.
10# Oatcakes – can be bought in small packets of 4 and are good with a small pot of hummus or peanut butter pre-packed from home.
11# Seeds, nuts and dried fruit are great for snacking and for during the flight. Fresh fruit or salad is a bonus!
12# Cartons of fruit or vegetable juice or a smoothie add more nutrition and can be frozen at home acting as an ice pack for your other food items.
13# Pouches of tuna or chicken salad mix are a great way to have a healthy and nutritious light meal.
And finally - luxury items:
14# Marmite – love it or hate it, it is the essential comfort at breakfast when you are away from home!
15# Eggs! If your hotel is close to a shop – fresh eggs can easily be cooked in the time it takes to boil the kettle. Just half fill the kettle with water, place an egg inside and wait for it to boil. Once the kettle has boiled, take the egg out carefully and let it sit for a minute. Kettle cooked eggs are perfectly soft boiled every time…
It is also a good idea to pack a small plastic tub with a lid and a set of plastic cutlery. You may want to pack a kettle if you are a serious ‘Delsey Diner’ but many hotels do offer these facilities. Your supplies may be extended away from home, if you have a shop close by the hotel and you can supplement your snacks with some fresh items. Some crew like to take canned diet milkshakes or protein drinks too, as a filling and nutritious supplement but it’s all down to taste, preference and budget. Think creatively and you will never be hungry down-route in the middle of the night again!