Airport food and drink is never cheap -- after all, rents are high and you can't easily go elsewhere. Save money when travelling by packing an empty water bottle and filling up at the airport.
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Ron Schenone, writing for tech blog Locker Gnome, details how he cut several dollars off his food and drink bill at the airport by avoiding sit down restaurants and finding vendors with longer lines (as that was a good sign of a deal). One of the best suggestions, however, was simply bringing an empty bottle to avoid buying water:
First, you don't have to buy a $3 bottle of water. Instead, bring an empty water bottle with you. Then, once you have cleared security, you can fill the bottle with water from a drinking fountain. It's the same water, but free. Some passengers were even carrying mini-Brita filtering bottles to remove contaminants from the water, which can simulate the taste of the best bottled waters. Either way, bringing an empty water bottle can save you money with little inconvenience.
For Australian domestic flights, there's no ban on taking water through security so you can fill up before leaving home. For countries which impose liquid restrictions on all flights, however, this is a useful trick. (Check country regulations carefully, however, as some locations also place restrictions on the size of empty containers.)
How to Sharply Reduce Your Restaurant Bill at Airports [Locker Gnome]