When we travel, we normally stay in a timeshare that has a full kitchen. It works out great since we can save money eating many of our meals in the room versus having to eat out all the time. This is especially helpful given that my 4-year-old hardly eats and is a very slow eater and my 6-year-old is extremely picky. It is frustrating to pay for kids meals for them when they won’t eat them. So, I use menu planning for our vacation and plan our breakfast, lunch, and a few dinners. I then make a grocery list so that I can easily hit the grocery store when we get there. I also bring along items that I don’t want to buy such as a particular spice or packets of spice mixes that I will use such as taco seasoning and the spices to make turkey sausage.
Breakfast usually will consist of eggs/bacon/fresh fruit, pancakes, waffles, cereal, etc. Lunch usually consists of sandwiches and maybe some macaroni or potato salad. Dinner will usually be something easy like spaghetti, quesadillas, tacos, etc. It has worked great for us because I can usually fix these meals quick and it saves us money versus eating out. We do usually build in a few eat out meals because we are on vacation after all. When we are in Orlando, we usually hit the Rainforest Cafe or T-Rex and Bongo’s – all at Downtown Disney Marketplace and Westside.
This year we are going to be in Hilton Head for the entire week. We haven’t decided where we are going to eat out that will be kid friendly. May have to hit the Salty Dog Cafe! I have our menu made up and am working on the grocery list. I plan to hit Publix the evening we get down there. Some of the items I’m packing include: electric griddle, quesadilla maker, the spices to make turkey sausage, cinnamon, brown sugar, and all-purpose flour. Below is an example of a vacation menu. We won’t eat out as much at Hilton Head since three out of five of us going don’t eat seafood.