These hotel picnic supplies are perfect for families traveling with kids but adults on a solo getaway will love how much more comfortable it makes an evening cocktail with tasty nibbles.
After spending a week at Disney during the Food & Wine Festival at EPCOT and venturing into Universal Studios with our kids, we were eager to find ways to save money on our family vacation by cutting corners in the dining budget.
We planned to share as many things in the theme park as possible so we could sample a wide variety of Disney treats.
On my list of what to pack for a hotel room, I always include a lot of snacks and easy breakfasts to eat in our hotel room.
And at the end of those exhausting, long days of fun? Nothing felt better than showering, getting into my jammies, and relaxing with a chilled glass of wine and some evening snacks before we tucked in for the night.
Bringing my own wine from home was way cheaper than even just a glass at the hotel bar!
The portable dining accessories listed below were perfect for packing into our back packs for a day in the theme parks but we also used several of them exclusively in the hotel room with the kids.
Hotel Picnic Supplies
Planning to eat in your hotel room with the kids or on vacation?
Maybe you just want to enjoy breakfast in your hotel room before starting your day or wind down at night with a cold glass of wine and some bedtime snacks.
These portable travel accessories for eating on the go are perfect for tossing in your suitcase and will make your nibble time so much more relaxing.
Brightly colored collapsible travel cups with lids flatten down to a pancake and are easy to toss in a backpack for a trip into a theme park. You can use these smaller cups to divide and share large beverages in the park to save money on your food budget.
Plan to use these for keeping in your hotel room to share budget-friendly gallons of water instead of individual water bottles.
You could even use these for serving meals that need a bowl, like a simple yogurt parfait for breakfast, or holding snacks, like goldfish for the kids.
If your vacation involves visiting a food festival like Disney's Food & Wine Festival in the fall, you never know if the disposable utensil dispenser will be full or not.
Why not take your own? If you plan to fly or go into a theme park, these bamboo utensils won't trigger metal detectors at the gate but are washable and reusable. I love the lightweight material and cases with lids for tossing into my day pack for the adventure.
They work great for hotel utensils, too! Four colors ensures everyone in the family can keep their set separate.
.If you're driving instead of flying and just want handy utensils to use in your hotel room, this silverware kit has a much nicer feel than the lighter weight bamboo set above.
Bonus, this kit keeps everything nice and neat and even features a travel sized cutting board and wine opener.
Traveling with kids absolutely means you're going to need plenty of snacks. It is easier to keep it healthy if you have a paring knife to slice up a fresh apple or cut a brick of cheese into cubes.
These travel-sized paring knives come with a sheath to keep everything safe in your suitcase or tote bag.
Whether I'm traveling with the kids, on my own, or with my husband, I often find myself wanting to enjoy a glass of wine inside my hotel room but I can't stand using the disposable plastic cups meant for brushing teeth.
I usually toss a thermal, stemless wine glass into my suitcase just in case. Place it in the mini fridge to get nice and cold so it is ready for you at the end of a long day of fun.
Nothing is worse than bringing a bottle of wine back to the hotel room only to discover there's no way to open it.
This corkscrew is TSA compliant and safe to keep inside your suitcase so you always have it if you need it.
Not all hotel mini fridges can handle a wine bottle in the upright position. You could always pour the bottle into this insulated travel bottle, screw on the cap, and lay it sideways in the fridge.
This is a great way to transport a bottle of wine for an overnight adventure instead of placing a breakable wine bottle in the back of your car trunk.
If you want to share your wine with another adult on your adventure, this wine picnic set features two wine glasses, the corkscrew, and a thermal section for your wine all in one easy-to-pack tote bag.
I spotted the COOLEST little food trays at Disney's EPCOT during the Food & Wine Festival. They were perfectly sized for a small appetizer and had a slot to hold a cup or wine glass so you can eat with one hand while holding the tray with the other.
For a much more affordable price, you could buy this entire set of trays to use for the whole family. They are lightweight enough to pack in a backpack for the food festival but they'd work great as a travel plate for a hotel picnic, too.
So many destinations are getting rid of the straws at service counters. If you do find them, they are often paper which disintegrate quickly in your soda.
If you plan to visit Disney, it is a smart idea to pack your own reusable straws. This set comes with a case and cleaning tools and are easy to pop into your backpack for the day.
Whether you want to bring your snacks from home or shop at a local store for goodies to bring back to your hotel room, you need a thermal tote bag to keep cool things cool.
I love this bag because it folds down to an easy-to-pack size that you can simply keep in your car trunk.
Not all hotel rooms have enough space for everyone to sit at a little table to eat. If you don't love the idea of your kids sitting on the potentially germy hotel floor to eat their picnic, it is a great idea to bring a waterproof picnic blanket to spread down first.
This version comes with an easy travel handle and will help catch any spills from drinks.
Easy Things to Eat in Your Hotel Room
Now that you've got the picnic supplies to pack, all that's left is to plan the food!
If you're looking for great food for a hotel picnic with kids, my advice is to keep it simple and fresh. Buy the fresh produce and milk or yogurt at your destination and just pack a few things from home.
But, don't miss my tips for these delicious breakfast ideas for hotel rooms along with easy meals for the hotel fridge and microwave that the whole family will love:
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