Am I one of the few crazy people who packs food for vacations? And I mean real food, not just snacks or sandwiches. Well, The Prudent Homemaker does - check out her blog for her recent summary of their road trip to a wedding.
A friend of mine gave me a revelation when she mentioned she pre-cooked food for a camping trip. I tend to take easy-to-cook things for camping. And I pre-cook food on the weekend. Why did this not occur to me?
So we are headed out on a road trip (about 4 hours away), and I have been busy prepping food. Now, why would I do that? Isn't eating out part of vacation? I would say, most certainly, yes. But things have changed over the last few years:
1. I have a toddler. It is not fun to eat out with a toddler who cannot sit still. Age 2 to 4? Not fun.
2. I have an 8 year old. He's a fan of McDonald's, Chik-fil-a, Chipotle, but doesn't like "fancy food" because it "makes him sick". (i.e., he doesn't have the patience to sit an order a meal and wait for it.)
3. I have two kids. I hate to repeat myself, but eating out with them is not fun. They want their food NOW. And it's expensive.
4. I have a weight problem. Generally food that you eat out is not as healthy as you could make yourself.
5. Eating out is expensive.
So we are going out of town for four days. The first two nights we are in a nice hotel with a microwave and a mini-fridge. We get free breakfast. The second two nights we are in a hotel with a fridge. No microwave. Husband upgraded for $10/day total for four breakfasts.
Here's the general plan, I tried not to overdo it.
I packed enough sandwiches, eggs, bread, fruit and veg for two lunches.
I packed spaghetti and meatballs for one dinner (out of 4). Depending on timing, we can probably grab dinner at a grocery store.
Generally, I could probably plan to pack enough food for lunch and dinner all four days, but my family would probably protest. And it's my vacation too - I don't relish washing dishes in hotel bathroom sink. So I opted for about 1/3 of the meals either already packed or purchased at a grocery store, 1/3 will be free breakfast, 1/3 out.
This is just a sampling of what we have in store: