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Eat-In Vacation Meal Plan

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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!

Breakfast:

  • Coffee/Orange Juice/Milk
  • Cinnamon Rolls/Turkey Sausage Links/Peaches
  • Yogurt/Peaches

Lunch:

  • Peach Tea/Ginger Ale
  • Chicken Caesar Salads (pre-packaged ones I brought from Aldi)
  • Turkey & Provolone Sandwiches/Chips/Watermelon
  • Little Caesars Pizza

Supper:

  • Spaghetti with Meat Sauce/Tossed Salad Kit/Garlic Bread
  • Sloppy Joes/Chips/Watermelon

Dessert/Snacks:

  • 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.

If you want to see my process for planning out meals like this and how I pack everything so that I don’t forget ingredients, you can watch this video where I walk you through the process!

Do you travel with meals and snacks? What’s your favorite road trip snack?

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8 thoughts on “Eat-In Vacation Meal Plan

  1. I have never really taken meals with me on vacation…but you make it sound so easy. And so much tastier (than fast food, etc.!) I’m going to rethink our trips in the future!

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    1. It does require work on the front end as well as the work of making the meals – but I’m always glad I did it! When we do Disney, we don’t take any meals and just enjoy all the restaurants – but that’s the only time we do that.

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  2. Yum! I enjoy packing easy meals for the car so we don’t have to worry about finding fast food that everyone enjoys. My kids are usually thrilled to see their favorite foods show up on the road trip menu. It looks like you planned everything out perfectly for all of your meals.

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  3. We like to take road trips and we have two iceless coolers that I purchased at Aldi. We love them. Always take our lunch, snacks and beverages. Saves so much money.

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