Plan one or two of these easy breakfast ideas for hotel rooms to help your family save money on your upcoming vacation. Grocery items to order or breakfasts to pack from home, either way you’ll start your day well.
There’s a big difference between our current family vacations and the adult romantic getaways we used to take. One of them is definitely breakfast.
Where my husband and I used to enjoy a leisurely hotel breakfast off the lobby to start our day or expensive room service if we were feeling lazy, once we had kids breakfast became a more practical concern for both our budget and the timing of our day.
Especially when we travel to Disney, breakfast is not something I want to “waste” any time on and it isn’t a high priority for the family budget. We’re much more interested in eating well and eating quickly so we can hustle the kids out the door and onto the real fun.
After several road trips to Orlando and our annual road trips to the beach, I’ve learned several fantastic easy breakfast ideas for eating in our hotel and they are always top of my list of what to pack for a hotel room!
Why Make Your Own Breakfast in the Hotel?
There are many reasons you may wish to plan your own breakfast at the hotel:
- Your hotel doesn’t have onsite breakfast service
- The breakfast they serve is super expensive for your family budget
- The food they offer is unappealing
- You want to save time eating so you can get to the real fun of your vacation
- You want to have healthier options to choose from
- Your kids are picky eaters and you need to start the day right
- You prefer to wake up slowly and want a quiet breakfast
Whatever your reasons are, with a little bit of forethought, you can have a totally vacation-ready breakfast right in your own hotel room.
Buy From the Local Grocery Store
If you’re traveling by plane or you just simply do not have room in your car to squeeze one more thing, you might want to make time to stop at the local grocery store for some easy breakfast supplies.
Many areas have drive-thru pick up or delivery for grocery orders. Check with the grocery store web site before you go and if they don’t have it available, check Instacart.
Easy things you can buy from the local grocery for breakfast include:
- Milk and Cereal: One container of each and you’re ready to go for several days!
- Yogurt and Fresh Fruit: Easier to customize for just how much you’ll need.
- Protein Bars, Cereal Bars, or Granola Bars: Great for keeping on hand for snacks, too.
- Hardboiled Eggs: You can often find these ready to go in the fridge section.
- Fresh Raw Veggies with Dip: A bag of baby carrots and a container of cherry tomatoes to enjoy with your eggs add some fiber to the meal. You could add a container of hummus or peanut butter to go with celery.
- Cream Cheese and Bagels: A tub of flavored cream cheese and a package of store-bought bagels is a very portable breakfast to grab.
- Bakery Muffins or Coffee Cake: You are on vacation, after all. A package of muffins from the store is likely to be a lot more budget-friendly and tastier than what you mind find in the hotel’s continental breakfast.
- English Muffins and Freezer Sausages: Make your own breakfast sandwiches with sausage patties you can microwave.
- Frozen Pancakes: Even if your hotel does not have a toaster, most come with a microwave. Pancakes work much better than toaster waffles for a hotel breakfast. Add syrup or jam or a spread of Nutella on top with fresh strawberries.
- Bottled Smoothies: You may be able to find smoothie cubes in the freezer section or prepared smoothies in the yogurt section.
Supplies You’ll Need
Once you’ve picked out your breakfast recipes and have a plan, don’t forget to stock up on a few items that will make eating breakfast in your hotel room so much more comfortable:
- Dishes: Either bring reusable dishes from home or stock up on some paper plates and/or bowls depending on your items. We love to use paper bowls with the kids even when we’re serving something like muffins because they do a better job of catching crumbs and keeping the hotel room clean.
- Napkins: Reusable or paper, you won’t find much that helps stocked in a hotel room. For road trips, I like to pack a roll of paper towel with the smaller portioned squares.
- Utensils: Reusable or disposable. Forks and spoons come in the most handy.
- Cups: Reusable or disposable. These can work for drinking or for serving some foods more easily. You can eat cereal and milk or yogurt and fruit out of a cup and that will save you from buying bowls.
More Easy Ways to Eat on Vacation
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