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#1 Tap

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:10 PM

Ds is going to Haiti with a group. They will have one day in airports each way. How much money would you send for airport meals? He will be in airports in Miami and Seattle (possibly more), I don't have the official itinerary yet.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

I spent a lot of time in American airports last winter. I averaged $20 on a travel day for me. I was actually being fairly frugel. When a bottle of water is $4 it adds up quickly. But that was the amount and I made 5 round trips.
But I ate decently--2 meals each way. I bought the biggest water and it lasted the day.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

Like a million dollars. :D Seriously, everything is so expensive.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:06 PM

My dd just got back from Guatamala with a group. She had a layover each way, and we gave her $75.00 for the airports. She came home with $10.00 leftover.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:07 PM

$20/person/meal. Plus drink/snack money.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:12 PM

I spent a lot of time in American airports last winter. I averaged $20 on a travel day for me. I was actually being fairly frugel. When a bottle of water is $4 it adds up quickly. But that was the amount and I made 5 round trips.
But I ate decently--2 meals each way. I bought the biggest water and it lasted the day.


Good, I was thinking of sending $50 and some snacks like jerky and cliff bars. I assume they would be fine since they are not a liquid. Yes?

Can he take an empty water bottle and fill it on the other side, or does he have to buy one there?

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

Can he take an empty water bottle and fill it on the other side, or does he have to buy one there?


That's what we did. We took empty water bottles and filled them on the other side. That definitely helps to save money.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 01:54 PM

Yes you can refill water bottles. I would also pack healthy snacks for him. On board the plane he can ask the flight attendant for the whole bottle of water instead of just a small cup.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:12 PM

More and more airports now have fountains specifically for filling up water bottles.

$20/25 seems reasonable. My ds ate well at Seattle Airport (7 hour layover) for around $15.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:16 PM

If he drinks from his own refillable water bottle and packs dry snacks, $10/meal is doable. Sodas, desserts add up. I think $25/day like you have planned is fine.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:34 PM

If he drinks from his own refillable water bottle and packs dry snacks, $10/meal is doable. Sodas, desserts add up. I think $25/day like you have planned is fine.


:iagree: I just traveled recently and found $10 per meal was about average if you refill your own water bottle.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:20 PM

You might want to also play ahead for delays. I know the last time I flew we were delayed overnight. Thankfully I planned with extra diapers and was nursing but one family was upset as they were out of diapers and formula.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:31 PM

You might want to also play ahead for delays. I know the last time I flew we were delayed overnight. Thankfully I planned with extra diapers and was nursing but one family was upset as they were out of diapers and formula.


Maybe I will send him with $100. $50 to plan to use and a hidden/stashed $50 for emergencies. :001_smile:

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:33 PM

I flew today. On my layover in Dallas, I got a sandwich and hot tea at Au Bon Pan. I spent $10

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:34 PM

I'd definitely send extra or a way to get extra (ATM card) in case of delays. Delays are very common and can be long and expensive food-wise. The last thing you want when you're exhausted and sick of airports is to be hungry too because you don't have cash to get something to eat. Plus at that point if it's getting late at night or you're on a time crunch for some reason you might have restricted options and have to pay more to get food.

We usually budget $20-30/person/day for the adults. Airport food is crazy expensive.

Definitely bring an empty water bottle and the dry snacks. If there isn't a fountain after security go to a bar or a not-too-busy looking restaurant and ask them to fill it up. I've never had a problem with them doing this for free, as long as the restaurant doesn't have a line of paying customers that they need to be dealing with. If you are eating at a restaurant or getting food from a takeaway place, I'd have them fill it up there since you're giving them your business.

ETA, you can pack him anything that is not a liquid or a gel. We've traveled with sandwiches or wraps quite a few times. However the food does get soggy and when you're dealing with all the other yuck that air travel brings, there is something nice about a fresh meal.

Edited by AdventureMoms, 09 August 2012 - 07:40 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 07:34 PM

$20/person/meal. Plus drink/snack money.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:13 PM

Miami is expensive, but the best place to eat there for less and amazing food is La Carreta. They have several large, cafeteria-style restaurants in the airport and have amazing beans, rice and other warm food. I would say $20 if you are going to buy any water or snacks. I usually pack all my food on my trips, unless I'm going through Miami. :)

Avoid kiosks, even the bottled water is more expensive at them instead of the restaurants.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:16 PM

My favorite airport food...

La Carreta

Fabulous coffee, too. :)


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