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Frugal Vacation Packing List

on 6.20.2012 at 2:14pm
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If you are planning to go on vacation here is a packing list to help you pack everything you need. It’s cheaper and takes less time to buy what you need at home and take it with you.

It gets expensive to run out to tourist area grocery stores to buy all the things you need or forgot. This list is targeted at those who plan to stay in condos, but can be used for other trips as well.

The food items will vary from family to family. They will be based on personal preferences and your menu plan. The best thing to do is map out what you plan to cook, make a grocery list, and take what you will need with you. You can go here for healthy menu planning ideas.

If you plan to dine out look at Restaurant.com for great deals at local restaurants.

You can see the vacation packing list here.

Packing Tips

Cold Items

For cold items you will need to pack an ice chest. A great idea is to buy dry ice at a grocery store. It’s inexpensive and will keep your items really cold for hours. Be sure to put something like a towel or cardboard between your dry ice and food though or else your food will be frozen solid for days.

You can also pack a smaller cooler with things like sandwiches and cold drinks for the car ride. It’s cheaper (and healthier) than buying fast food plus you can have a fun picnic.

Dry Goods

What you purchase in this category is mostly based off your menu plan, but I included some general things to grab. For things you already have on hand you can pack it in a smaller container to save space while still avoiding buying extra.

Household Products

With paper products you may not want to take the entire case. To save space in the car break apart big packages and only take what you need.

Using paper plates and cups for some meals or snacks is a great way to cut down on dishes, but if you’d rather save money and help the environment you can skip them and use what the condo provides.

What are some things you always pack ahead to take on vacation?

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    • Drseusnc

      My husband and I ALWAYS have a bag of toiletries packed. We forgot tooth brushes and paste on a trip and boy did we pay super premium prices! Same with sunscreen! When we go to the beach we always buy the sunscreen at home because they are NEVER on sale at the beach! oh, and soda and water too!

    • AP

      We always pack lunch meat and hot dogs for those days when you want to hang out on the beach all day & don’t want to cook (or just run inside for a quick bite!).  We freeze them beforehand and pack with other cold items and let them thaw out in the condo fridge.
      We also order pizza one of the first few days of the trip so that there’s leftovers on days like this as well.

    • tori729

      Thanks Jenny, this will be helpful. We are staying in a hotel for a few days in July and since it has a mini fridge we can at least bring some things to eat like sandwiches and simple things.

    • dearela

      You couldn’t have timed this post better! My family and I are leaving SC next week pulling our camper to NY and then a few days in DC. I have been stressing on making sure I haven’t forgotten anything! Thanks so much!

    • r

      Condo’s never seem to have sharp knives. I pack my chefs knife and a good paring knife.
      Not sure If I saw coffee, filter, and coffee maker on your list. They are a must for us!

    • cglancaster05

      This is perfect. I’m leaving for a corporate road trip tomorrow with a team of 15 people. We are using the coupon skills you taught me to make this trip the most for our money. Thanks for everything you do!

    • momof3

      I pack sandwich baggies. Then, at the hotel breakfast bar, I’ll grab a few pieces of fruit, or some cereal, or the like for snacks. If we’re going somewhere, like a zoo, I’ll even make PB&J sandwiches right there and put them in the baggies for a lunch on the go! Of course, we always bring our own drinks, though!

      • Jennifer W

        Just came back from a week long business trip. I did