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Food for a week in a hotel

We are traveling and will be spending a week in a hotel with two kids.  I am not looking forward to eating out all those meals.  Both on my stomach and my wallet.  Can anyone give any suggestions for some easy "hotel" lunches.  Easy meals we can eat in the hotel that I wouldn't have to cook, besides PBJ. Big Smile  Just looking for more ideas.

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Re: Food for a week in a hotel

  • We stayed in a hotel that had continental breakfast - the usual fruit, yogurt, breads and eggs, plus juice, milk, coffe gig. Nothing fancy. We also stocked up on fruit and yogurt, granola bars and other snacks to keep us going through the day. For the most part we were eating lunch out (less cranky LO that way for us) and then getting sandwiches and salads for dinner to eat on the road or at the hotel.
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  • Peanut butter, honey and banana on a tortilla rolled up. If you have a mini fridge in your room or bring an ice chest you could make some homemade lunchables and eat those during the week.
  • Do you have a mini-fridge/microwave at your disposal?  We did, which made a huge difference in what we could and couldn't make We did 10 days in Denver, and ate out of the hotel maybe twice with the kids. The hotel offered free continental breakfasts, so we utilized them to the fullest.  We ate SO much at breakfast.  It was our biggest meal of the day.  We always brought back 1-2 small carton of milk, and 1-2 individual packs of cereal from the breakfast for the kids to eat as snacks or as part of a meal later in the day.  We bough lunch meat, cheese, sandwich bread, tortillas, salad greens, a small bottle of ranch dressing, and lots of fruits and veggies to round out our meals.  The kids and I were on our own for lunch, and I would usually make a salad for myself, and the kids would eat a sandwich, cheesy rollup (tortilla microwaved with cheese inside), or occasionally DD would ask for a salad like mine. 

    Dinner we would usually have DH bring us food (although most of the time the kids ate a repeat of the lunch choices, because DH was getting home past their bedtimes).  

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  • I don't know if you would be interested in doing this.. ;) but growing up my mom would take a camping stove (if you even have one) with us in the hotel.  She would smuggle it in & cook lots of things with it.. like mac n cheese, hot dogs, bacon & eggs if they did not have a good breakfast.  I know she saved a lot of money this way. If they did not have a refrigerator she would bring along a large cooler with ice to keep things cold if needed.


  • image Junebugmommy01:
    I don't know if you would be interested in doing this.. ; but growing up my mom would take a camping stove if you even have one with us in the hotel.nbsp; She would smuggle it in amp; cook lots of things with it.. like mac n cheese, hot dogs, bacon amp; eggs if they did not have a good breakfast.nbsp; I know she saved a lot of money this way. If they did not have a refrigerator she would bring along a large cooler with ice to keep things cold if needed.

    Yeah...I wouldn't do this. Hotels usually have mini fridges to rent. Load up on sandwich stuff, cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit. But I certainly would be calling on a hotel neighbor cooking on a smuggled stove. I'm uptight like that and it would be way strange.
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  • image I Heart The 80s:
    image Junebugmommy01:
    I don't know if you would be interested in doing this.. ; but growing up my mom would take a camping stove if you even have one with us in the hotel.nbsp; She would smuggle it in amp; cook lots of things with it.. like mac n cheese, hot dogs, bacon amp; eggs if they did not have a good breakfast.nbsp; I know she saved a lot of money this way. If they did not have a refrigerator she would bring along a large cooler with ice to keep things cold if needed.
    Yeah...I wouldn't do this. Hotels usually have mini fridges to rent. Load up on sandwich stuff, cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit. But I certainly would be calling on a hotel neighbor cooking on a smuggled stove. I'm uptight like that and it would be way strange.

    Please do not bring a camp stove to a hotel. I would also tattle so to speak. Daangerous and against the rules for a reason. 

    Honestly, when we do hotel travel we expect to spend money eating out. When there is a mini fridge, toaster and microwave we will do PBJ, bagels & cream cheese, fruit, sandwiches, yogurt, etc. I bring plenty of shelf stable snacks and fruit, beer & wine but half the fun is going out to eat.  


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  • Oh phew...I worried someone was going to flame me for putting down the camp stove in the hotel idea.
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  • image I Heart The 80s:
    Oh phew...I worried someone was going to flame me for putting down the camp stove in the hotel idea.

    Nope. I think it's incredibly stupid. If you want to use a camp stove...go camping.  


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  • Go through the grocery store and see what's shelf stable.  We went to the Black Hills last summer for a week and while we were camping, we made all of our own food most of the week.

    Applesauce cups (pouches?? ;) )

    Canned fruits

    Pouches of tuna or chicken to mix with mayo packets for sandwiches

    Bread

    Peanut butter, nutella

    apples, oranges

    easy mac, just add water soups, other fast lunch noodle mixes that just need hot water (get hot water from the coffee maker) 

    oatmeal packets

    dried fruits

    If the hotel has a microwave you can use (sometimes there is one in the lobby) that opens a whole new avenue for food.  Also, sometimes you can rent one for the week from the hotel for pretty cheap.  Most hotels have mini fridges and again, then you can get some deli meat, cheese and veggies.  Just get creative.  There are lots of options! 

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  • image LalaMama81:

    image I Heart The 80s:
    Oh phew...I worried someone was going to flame me for putting down the camp stove in the hotel idea.

    Nope. I think it's incredibly stupid. If you want to use a camp stove...go camping.  

    What about a George Foremanesque thingy? I can't decide if this is stupid or genuis.

  • image LalaMama81:

    image I Heart The 80s:
    Oh phew...I worried someone was going to flame me for putting down the camp stove in the hotel idea.

    Nope. I think it's incredibly stupid. If you want to use a camp stove...go camping.  

    haha, yeah, it may not be the best idea but we never had a problem with it.. Just something my mom did.  I guess I never thought anything of it since it was the "norm" for us growing up.  I have never done it  though, I think it would be too much trouble- but I would eat out of a cooler. 

    Sorry for my stupidity :) 



  • image auroraloo:
    image LalaMama81:

    image I Heart The 80s:
    Oh phew...I worried someone was going to flame me for putting down the camp stove in the hotel idea.

    Nope. I think it's incredibly stupid. If you want to use a camp stove...go camping.  

    What about a George Foremanesque thingy? I can't decide if this is stupid or genuis.

    I'm thinking not good. Imagine washing it in the hotel sink and the whole room smelling like grilled food. How do you prep meat and clean up? No thanks.

    One thing I've learned is that room service always has kids' meals. It's usually the same old burger and chicken fingers but it's usually a big potion and cheap (under $10). I've eaten many "kids" meals in a hotel room instead of a $25 adult burger. 

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