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Food Essentials For Your Stay In A Holiday Home

  • 26th Jan 2015

Food Essentials For Your Stay In A Holiday Home

Family holidays can prove to be a costly ordeal when you have to bring everything with you, including food and drink supplies. However, this cost can be reduced if you compile a list of essentials for your trip, to help you keep the basics in check.

If there are younger mouths to feed, bringing some supplies can relieve the pressure to buy food at inflated prices on family outings. Of course, with family life there is no such thing as a nice, orderly routine to abide by; some days are just more demanding than others.

To help give you an idea of what to take and what to leave in the cupboards at home, Allens Caravans has compiled a little guide:

Breakfast: Unless you have the facilities, avoid cooked breakfasts. Instead, opt for:

  • Fresh/tinned fruit
  • Cereal bars
  • Multi-pack of children’s cereals
  • Bread (for toasting)

Lunch: Think about items that can easily be taken on a family outing and popped into a lunchbox, for example:

  • Sandwich fillers
  • Crisps
  • Fruit
  • Yoghurts
  • Cheese portions
  • Fresh vegetables (Carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, etc.)
  • Sweets
  • Finger cakes
  • Dried fruit
  • Soft drinks in cartons/pre-filled bottles of water
  • Breadsticks
  • Crackers

Dinner: Consider the facilities you have available when packing. Do you have a microwave, hob, barbeque, toaster, etc.? Ideal items include:

  • Tinned soup
  • Microwavable rice
  • Cold meats (Ham, salami or corned beef)
  • Pasta
  • Microwavable noodles
  • BBQ meats and veg (Sausages, burgers, kebabs, corn-on-the-cob)
  • Bread rolls
  • Baked beans
  • Sausage rolls
  • Pies
  • Pasties

All of the items suggested above are easy to store, and also easy to take with you on days out, easing the strain on your wallet for dining situations.

Together with bringing your own food on a family holiday, it is worth researching the local area and seeing where there are suitably low cost cafes and eateries. Some local restaurants and pubs will also have children’s menus and offers when there are adults dining too. This can provide you with an alternative to having to stay at the static caravan for all three meals of the day. Visit our homepage to discover more about our stunning static holiday homes and how to get a quotation.

It is wise to avoid fast food restaurants on family holidays because the level of sugar and chemical additives will cause blood sugars to spike, and then drop very suddenly. This will potentially result in moody, tired and hungry children (or adults!).  

Some regions in the UK have areas where you can pick your own seasonal fruit, for example: apples, strawberries or blackberries. This can encourage children, in particular, to participate in healthier eating habits and also offer some education in the origins of natural fruit.

Even on a budget, family holidays in the UK such as can be thoroughly enjoyable, no matter how many generations are participating. Planning ahead and budgeting for things like food simply helps to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable holiday, where expenses are covered, and you don’t have to worry about any nasty surprises.

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