This post was written by Haley Hall. The season of summer vacation is upon us! Hopefully you are going to get some time to take a break and head to your favorite destination. Whether that’s the beach, mountains or a new city, many of you will probably find yourself in a rented home with a full kitchen. Take advantage of it! Cooking at home during vacation can help you stick with your goals and save money. We’re making it easy on you this year and have put together a Summer Vacation Meal Plan, complete with links to recipes, a grocery list and tips for success. And we’re not talking chicken and broccoli, we’re talking breakfast casserole, steak fajitas and pizza. This plan will cover at least 3 breakfasts, lunches and dinners; more if you’d like and plan for leftovers. Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to eat exclusively from your kitchen on vacation, go out an enjoy the local favorites too. Cheers!

Summer Vacation Meal Plan





Your kitchen needs:

  • Sheet pan
  • Saucepan
  • Skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Knife (or pack your own)
  • Stovetop
  • Oven


  • Each underlined item has a link to the recipe. Print out this meal plan, grocery list and each recipe, or have them easily accessible on your phone or computer.
  • If you’re checking a bag, consider packing your favorite chef’s knife (in a sleeve or wrapped in a towel). That way you don’t run the risk of cooking with a crummy knife all week. If you’re carrying on, consider buying a knife when you arrive and leave it at the rental as a nice gift for your host and future guests.
  • Pack spices to save money on groceries, or just get the amount you need in the bulk section.
  • Use up leftovers over the last day or two. This is where things like french toast for breakfast comes in handy. If you have leftover bread from sandwiches, use it to make french toast!

CLICK HERE to download the complete meal plan and grocery list.

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