Planning meals when you're going away to a cottage, vacation rental, camping or travelling in an RV can be challenging, especially when you want to please everyone, create easy meals, shop smart, use leftovers, and avoid wasted food.
That's why I created this one week summer vacation meal plan with easy vacation meals. It takes into account all of the above and you can even produce a shopping list from it! You can also change the serving sizes on all the recipes to suit the size of your group.
👪 Serving size
I was talking to a friend recently and she had mentioned how she'd love to have some kind of meal plan to work from when she goes to the cottage with other families. She wanted something that included recipes and a grocery list. She inspired me to create this because I realized that there may be others that would appreciate this type of plan as well. If you're looking for easy vacation meals for a group, you'll love this menu plan! Multi-family vacation meal planning can be even more challenging than simply planning for your own family, but the adjustable servings in this meal plan can be suited to any sized group. You simply click on the serving size (in blue) and adjust the recipe for the number of people you want it to serve.
It's summer and it's hot, so you probably don't want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, especially when you're on vacation. Nor do you want to have the oven on. You most likely want to grill a little more frequently or not even not cook at all some days. But when you're away camping or glamping, RV'ing, at the cottage/cabin or staying at a vacation rental, you'll also be wanting to make it practical and economical. And let's face it - vacation food is different; you want easy meals and don't want to be getting into fancy sauces etc.... That's where this summer vacation meal plan comes in!
And sometimes when you end up at a vacation rental, rent an RV or stay at someone else's cottage, you don't know exactly what kind of supplies or amenities going to have access to. You may or may not have a full oven, you may not have all the pots and pans you have at home and other supplies may be sketchy. I've ended up with fully stocked kitchenettes and also ones that you were lucky to have a table setting for 4, much less pots and pans! It can be a bit sketchy and this easy meals for vacation plan was created with that in mind.
This plan also:
- uses leftovers from the previous day, preventing waste, less cooking and is economical.
- has optional easy no bake desserts and snacks
🧾Vacation Meal Plan with Grocery List
As I mentioned, this weekly meal plan with grocery list allows you to produce and print a grocery list directly from the plan, making it easier to plan and shop. You can also adjust all the servings, to suit the size of your group, before you produce the grocery list!
🏕️ Camping Meal Planner
This is a great camping meal planner if you are going camping with a trailer or RV. However, this is not a tenting camping menu plan. It could work in a tent trailer, but it's truly geared towards 'glamping'. All of these recipes can be cooked on a stove top, skillet, grill or are no cook/no bake. And they can also be prepared in small spaces.
Although this weekly meal plan was created for summer vacation, it's really ideal for any time of the year because it's practical, economical, reduces waste and includes healthy vacation meals. It would be perfect for a Disney vacation rental as well! So if you're looking to make your vacation meal planning even easier, then give this Summer Vacation Meal Plan a try.
☀️Vacation Meal Plan
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Thanks Terri ! These are GREAT!
Glad it's helpful!Enjoy your summer!!
This is great! Meal planning can be so stressful.
Thanks, Vanessa! I agree - a friend asked me to create this so I thought it may be helpful for others 🙂
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I like this idea and especially like the tips on preparing ahead, like cooking more spaghetti or beef or potatoes for the following meals! All the recipes sounds great and let you enjoy your vacation without stressing on the preparation too much!
This is a great idea. Often we don't really give meals any thought until we hit the grocery store on the way out of town. Planning would make things much less stressful and allow us to relax & enjoy the vacation. Thanks for all the great ideas, Terri!
I agree, Colleen! Vacation meal planning can be a big pain- hopefully I made it easier for some with this guide
This is so so helpful! Really well thought out and simple family-friendly recipes. Thanks!