These easy vacation rental meal ideas are quick, delicious and simple to put together, even in the most basically stocked kitchens. Though these recipes are quite family-friendly as written, they’re also very versatile so that you can substitute or omit ingredients that don’t suit the tastes of your kids or picky eaters in your family. The best part, though, is that these easy meals allow for quick preparation, cooking and clean up so that you can spend more of your precious vacation time relaxing. 

easy vacation rental meal ideas

Whenever possible, my family prefers to stay in a condo, cottage or rental home when we vacation.  One reason for this preference is because we appreciate being able to keep dining costs down by cooking our own meals instead of eating in restaurants. Cooking in also allows us to eat healthier foods. Of course, because we’re on vacation, we don’t want to spend all of our time cooking and cleaning. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for easy vacation rental meal ideas. When we’re staying in an unfamiliar place, we’re careful to plan meals that are simple to make, easy to clean up and don’t require obscure tools or appliances. Over the years, we’ve stayed in more than a dozen rental units (like the one we loved in Banff, Canada) in locations all over the world. One thing we’ve learned is that no two rentals are alike. This is especially true when it comes to how well (or poorly) the vacation rental kitchen is stocked. Here are some great tips for choosing the right vacation rental for your family. 


Easy Vacation Rental Breakfast Ideas

Once you’ve identified the perfect property, the fun part starts: meal planning! One of the best parts of being on vacation is treating yourself to some foods you might not normally include in your diet at home. For us, that means allowing some packaged foods that we don’t usually buy. This is especially true of breakfast foods. Here are some suggestions that you might want to consider for what to eat for breakfast in a vacation rental.

  • Pastries from the grocery store bakery
  • Boxed cereal and granola
  • Single serve fresh fruits like apples and bananas
  • Pre-cut melons from the grocery store
  • Yogurt cups
  • Muffins and quick bread mixes
  • Poptop cinnamon rolls
  • Granola bars

Meal Planning Tips for Vacation Rentals

There are a lot of moms who don’t like to cook, especially on vacation. But when you implement the following tips, making dinner in your vacation rental can be a breeze.

  • Skip recipes that require trendy kitchen appliances like an Instant Pot or air fryer
  • Search the internet for “One-Pot” or “Skillet” meals
  • Read reviews of the property to see what previous guests report about kitchen supplies and tools
  • When planning for a week of meals, choose recipes that require similar ingredients, like nachos and quesadillas
  • When possible, substitute ready-made ingredients like rotisserie chicken or bagged salad mixes 
  • Opt for recipes with short ingredient lists

With these tips in mind, I’ve compiled a list of easy vacation rental meal ideas that are sure to please the whole family on your next trip.

Easy Vacation Rental Meal Ideas

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  1. Thank you! I was just looking for good ideas for our rental next week.

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