When we travel, I almost always bring a few meals with me. It saves time and money and makes life a lot easier for us! We just spent two nights at a resort in Myrtle Beach and I made sure that our resort had a full kitchen equipped with dishes and cooking implements. Here’s what we ate!
- Coffee/Orange Juice/Milk
- Cinnamon Rolls/Turkey Sausage Links/Peaches
- Peach Tea/Ginger Ale
- Chicken Caesar Salads (pre-packaged ones I brought from Aldi)
- Turkey & Provolone Sandwiches/Chips/Watermelon
- Little Caesars Pizza
- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce/Tossed Salad Kit/Garlic Bread
- Sloppy Joes/Chips/Watermelon
- Ice Cream (out)
- Peaches & Watermelon
- Peanut Butter Cookies
I wasn’t focused on making the meals as well rounded and nutritious as I would at home. I was going for easy, filling meals that shared ingredients.
For the spaghetti, I brought cooked ground turkey that I added to jarred sauce. All I had to do was heat it up and cook the pasta. I used pre-made garlic bread that just had to be heated in the oven for a few minutes and served a salad kit that came with dressing, cheese and croutons.
I made sloppy joes about a week before our trip, so I doubled the recipe and put half in the freezer. I heated the meat and served it on buns (that we also used for sandwiches).
Canned cinnamon rolls, small containers of yogurt and pre-cooked turkey sausage made breakfast really easy. I put orange juice and milk into large drink containers from Dollar Tree so that I didn’t have to make room for big cartons in the cooler!
I picked up road trip snacks at Dollar Tree to cut down on impulse purchases at the gas station! We always travel with our iceless cooler (here’s a similar one) that’s basically a portable refrigerator. I love not having to mess with ice!
Other than paying for our resort and gas, our only expenses were ice cream and an $8 pizza from Little Caesars! We spent every second of our vacation only steps from the beach and never had to decide on/find a place to eat.
I’ve found that it’s so much better to travel with lunches when we’re on roads we’ve never driven before, especially when the only exit for the next 30 miles has a McDonalds and a Truck Stop. Yuck.
Do you travel with meals and snacks? What’s your favorite road trip snack?
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