February 3, 2023


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Season 5 finale: Food hacks for your next neighborhood vacation from travel blogger Carrie McLaren

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With summer season vacation year on us, we’ve invited journey blogger Carrie McLaren to share her finest food-connected travel hacks.

Carrie is the Jacksonville-primarily based travel influencer at the rear of the internet site and social media platforms Carrie On Journey.

She specializes in family members vacation, acquiring been on a great number of trips with

her spouse, Robert, and daughters Maggie, 13, and Molly, 11. Wherever

your summer season travels consider you, Carrie’s suggestions will enable you take in improved

when conserving time, funds and anxiety.

Products Carrie often provides:

  • Cooler or cooler backpack
  • Ziplock luggage of many sizes
  • Pretzels
  • Reusable water bottle

Here’s Carrie’s assistance for unique vacation scenarios.
Highway journey:

  • Pack breakfast to consume in the motor vehicle. Mini muffins, oatmeal cups and fruit make a fantastic on-the-go breakfast.
  • Convey a cooler. Carrie’s beloved not-so-messy goods to consist of are cheese sticks and pepperoni slices. “It’s its own minor food,” she states. Her loved ones is also huge on carrot sticks, apples and oranges. A cooler backpack is useful for walking all around when you attain your desired destination.
  • Carry munchies. “I by no means go away household with out pretzels,” Carrie claims. “And I always have Goldfish. Goldfish, to me, seems like a kids’ snack, but definitely I uncover myself having them just as a lot as I do anything else.”
  • Go nuts. Peanuts, almonds, pecans and other nuts are a superior resource of protein that really don’t have to have refrigeration. Choose for the previously-shelled option to avoid a mess.
  • Consume regional. Stay clear of chain places to eat and splurge on meal at a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall. “That offers you a come to feel for where you are,” Carrie says. “I do a ton of research before I vacation.”

Plane Journey

  • Stay away from sticker shock. Skip the expensive airport snacks, and deliver your own from the greenback retail outlet. Carrie likes Lemonheads and Gobstoppers.


  • Test everything. “I consider to get a little a lot more adventurous, and I challenge myself at least when a working day to test one thing new, regardless of whether it is frog legs, regardless of whether it’s the escargot,” Carrie claims. “Anything extravagant, I give it a go, due to the fact it is included [in the price of the cruise].”
  • Grab and go. Ahead of disembarking, Carrie grabs a couple of small packing containers of dry cereal from the breakfast buffet. She also fills a Ziplock bag with cookies from the dessert buffet. This presents her spouse and children anything to snack on when they go away the boat for an tour.
  • Set a lid on it. Bringing food items onto a cruise ship is like bringing sand to the seaside, but there is a food-relevant item that Carrie packs: reusable cups with lids and straws—one for every single loved ones member. This will help lower spills in their cabin.


  • Carry paper plates. Instead of trying to get her household downstairs to the breakfast buffet, Carrie provides the buffet to them. Possessing paper plates (along with cutlery packs she’s collected) will make it quick to established up a breakfast station anywhere. “I’ve nearly acquired my possess minimal picnic in the home,” she suggests.
  • Convert the fridge into a freezer. Pack the mini fridge with bottled water, mainly because there’s a excellent opportunity it will freeze. “That’s one of individuals great miracles that comes about, when your ice does freeze,” Carrie claims. “You’ve got an quick ice pack.” Toss it into your cooler backpack, and you’re all set for the day.
  • Don’t depart your cooler in the automobile. If the fridge is total of water, that usually means you are going to require your cooler and some hotel ice to chill cheese sticks, cold cuts and what ever else won’t match into the fridge.

Holiday house rental

  • Maintain it very simple. If you’re not buying groceries to be shipped, then hit the local supermarket for breakfast things, sandwich fixings, a frozen lasagna and the like. “The past factor I need to have to do is make extravagant dinners for every person on vacation,” Carrie states.

Solo journey

  • Get some “me” time. “I consider it is such a luxury to go out to take in by myself,” Carrie suggests. Plan a extensive supper at a restaurant you commonly would not attempt, and inform your server this is a particular celebration for you. Provide a reserve, and purchase what you want without having possessing to take into consideration anybody else. “When you journey solo, you are in cost of what you want and definitely what you really do not want,” Carrie claims. “There will be no chicken nuggets and french fries on my plate.”

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