Traveling With Kids-Food
|7 June, 2012||Posted by Amanda Jayne under Kids, Travel|
Some people barely stop to snack, and some consider food to be the center of their trip! However you look at food, the truth is, your kids have got to eat. Skipping meals is the fast track to a meltdown!
Plan to splurge
You may stick to a very tight, precise grocery budget at home, and that’s great! But what about when you’re on the road? You want to have fun, so make sure you plan a little wiggle room into the food budget. Personally, some of my favorite travel memories revolve around food, and I want my kids to experience the same thing! Make sure to plan not only for actual meals but for snacks along the way. You want to be able to stop and grab an exciting treat without worrying about it blowing your budget completely.
It’s all about balance! You want to plan for splurges…but not all the time. Make sure that you keep your kids favorite snacks in stock, both for on the go and late night munchies. This is especially important if you are traveling by car for long distances-not only will stopping to buy snacks slow you down, treats bought ahead of time at a grocery store will cost a fraction of what they will at a gas station. Save your hard earned pennies for the special treats!
Stick to the basics
Travel is all about new experiences, right? Trying new things, including new foods? Yes, but be reasonable about it. Stick to something that you know your little ones will eat instead of trying to force them into eating something new. Oysters for everyone at the table? Ummm, no. Let them try a few off your plate instead, and you may end up with a new favorite.
Think about where you are staying
Are you staying with family, in a hotel, or a condo? If facilities are available to cook your own food, take advantage of them! You’ll be able to save some serious cash this way. But remember that you are on vacation and stick to easy, simple meals. Make a few family favorites and don’t forget to go out as well! Remember to only cook in your accommodations if it is allowed. Most hotels state that there is no cooking their rooms, so don’t sneak a hot plate in-you might start a fire, and that’s definitely not saving you any money.
Many hotels have complimentary breakfasts, and these can range from a few bagels to an entire hot buffet. Make sure you ask ahead of time to see what is included so that you know how many meals you’ll have to plan for.