Vacationing is fun, packing and beach vacation meal planning for several families can be overwhelming and exhausting. Nothing can be worse than spending a ton of money on groceries that take up too much space in your car and showing up to the beach house with other families that bought the same items as you.
Do you really need three different bottles of ketchup for a one week stay? Perhaps with toddlers, but really no.
Of course not and chances are you would end up tossing a lot of the unused food rather than packing it up again for the road trip home because you are exhausted and you shopped too much as the souvenir shop.
We recently traveled to a beach house in Florida with two others families that also have toddlers. Talk about a house full of hungry people! One of my friends who is more organized than myself started the master list which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and other misc. items. We factored in that we would most likely go out to eat a few times depending on our kids’ moods and our wallets. We decided to divide items equally between our families via email since we all live in different cities. Please note that we did not go for all healthy options because we were on vacation and diets went out the window!
From this list you can make:
Tacos or Taco Salad, Hamburgers, Breakfast, Pigs in a Blanket, Steak with Baked Potatoes and Veggies, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Brats, and multiple snack options.
We went for simple recipes as it can be challenging to cook extensive recipes with four young children in the beach house.
As organized as we were, we did find out after a week long vacation with hungry husbands and children that we could’ve brought more of these items below. Thankfully there were a few stores that we could shop at to stock up on supplies.
Items I wish we would have brought more of during our beach vacation:
- Paper Plates & Paper towels
- Sunblock (seriously – you can never have enough)
- Ice (our fridge ice maker was not working and it helps to have at the beach for your cooler).
- Grilling utensils
- Charcoal (if your beach house do not have a gas grill). Call ahead to find out.
Have you traveled with multiple families before? Do you struggle to meal plan? Let me know your go-to meals for multi-family travel that please everyone!