by Erin at SlimSavers.com
When my family goes on a trip, I always pack food. It’s convenient, comfortable, and less expensive to pack up a little bit of the things we like to eat while we’re away from home. Also, it ensures that we’ll have something healthy to snack on instead of relying on some restaurant for a quick nibble.
We recently went to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, OH. (It was SO FUN!! My boy loved the slides. I highly recommend it!) We went with our friends and their three-year-old daughter. Since our room had a fridge and microwave and breakfast was taken care of, we made a pact to only eat our dinners out – we’d handle snacks and lunches. It worked out well. Really well!
Tips for bringing food along:
1. Consider the length of the ride to your destination. It was about a four-hour ride for us not including the hour we stopped for lunch on the way. (We stopped at a place that was featured on Diner’s Drive-ins, and Dives. We HAD to stop!) I packed up the cold food in an insulated bag with an ice pack and several frozen water bottles. It was all still nice and chilly when we arrived at the lodge.
2. Prepare. When and where do you want to eat the stuff you bring? If you’re eating in your hotel room, think of what you’ll have available – Cups? Probably. Plates? Probably not. Pack what you KNOW won’t be available. If you forget something you need, just ask the front desk or go to the store that’s probably less than a mile away. Pre-cut everything and pack stuff accordingly.
3. Know your amenities. We had a fridge and microwave. Nice, right?! I ALWAYS want a fridge, but if I can’t have one, I plan on eating a lot of peanut butter sandwiches. It can be done without a fridge, but it’s so much nicer when you’ve got one. In a pinch, just keep using your cooler and the free ice!
4. Pack what you’ll eat. Don’t pack up your whole kitchen because you don’t know what you’ll want (unless you’re going away for a month). Our trip was three days, and I packed what we usually eat over three days: PB, jelly, bread, lunch meat, larabars, cottage cheese, yogurt, hummus, cheese, veggies, fruit, water, milk, crackers, and Cliff fruit ropes. That’s what we usually eat, that’s what we wanted, and that’s what we ate. No fuss, no muss. (I still packed too much food, but that’s only because I forgot that breakfast was included in the sweet deal we got.)
Bringing our own food on our trip helped us to eat inexpensively and healthier than we would have if we didn’t bring anything.
Do you pack food when you go on a multiple-day trip? What are your tips?
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Erin and Joline, both health and wellness junkies, spent many years pinning down the truths about eating healthy and inexpensively. Both feel the it’s-too-expensive-to-eat-healthy excuse is untrue and infuriating.