Depending on the size of your family, you can end up spending a ton of money on food when you’re on any family vacation. The cost for an average family size has been upwards of $400 for breakfast, lunch, supper, and snacks during a five-day road trip.
If you’re like most families, whether you’re headed to Arizona on a road trip or just to another town to stay at the beach for a week, you’re on a budget, and spending all of your money feeding your family just isn’t in the cards. In this blog, you can find a few easy snacks and meals to help you feed your family on your road trip without breaking the bank doing it.
While it’s super easy to stock up on chips, dips, and other prepackaged snacks to keep in the hotel room or beach house, it’s not very healthy for your family and it’s certainly not very bank account friendly. Luckily, there are a few snacks that are easy to shop for, not very expensive, and easy to fix that you can try instead. Try packing some hummus and pita chips, homemade bread and muffins that you make before you leave, hard-boiled eggs, and fresh fruit for the road and once you get to the hotel.
One snack that’s perfect, especially if you have a microwave in your hotel room, is banana bread mug cake. It’s simple to fix, healthy, and your kids will love it. You can store the hard-boiled eggs in the mini-fridge in your room and have a healthy snack whenever the kids are peckish but it’s between mealtimes.
These few snacks will not only make your family happy, but they are also much healthier for your children than chips and cookies.
Breakfast is another meal that can get expensive during vacation. However, you can make it easy and cheaper by bringing things such as breakfast burritos along for the ride. If there’s a store near where your beach house is, stock up on eggs, fresh ham, and other essentials and make the burritos homemade. It’s simple to do and much better for your family than a pop-top for sure.
Lunch can be a simple matter as well if you take the time to make a rotisserie chicken the day before you head out on your vacation. Keep it cool and then stick it in the fridge in your cabin. When it’s time for lunch, use the chicken to make chicken salad or chicken tacos. Another cheap yet filling lunch is your classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It’s simple, tastes good, and easy to clean up after as well.
Who wants to eat out for supper the entire time you’re on vacation? Very few families actually. Instead, try whipping up some sloppy joes one night, tacos one night, and even a meatloaf when you have a little more time. You can do all of this on a few pounds of hamburger meat and make them ahead of time so all you have to do is pop them in the oven or, if they’re already made, in the microwave to be heated. Take your slow cooker with you and throw stuff such as pulled chicken or chili in the pot when you head out to the beach in the morning and it’ll be done when you get back if you want a simple meal after a long day’s play.
These are just a few of the meals and snacks you can have when you’re on vacation and don’t want to eat out or go over your food budget. Remember, eating on vacation doesn’t have to be unhealthy or overly expensive to still be good.