December 7, 2023


Food never sleeps.

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

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With summer journey time on us, we have invited travel blogger Carrie McLaren to share her most effective meals-associated vacation hacks.

Carrie is the Jacksonville-centered travel influencer behind the web page and social media platforms Carrie On Travel.

She specializes in family travel, possessing been on innumerable journeys with

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

your summer time travels acquire you, Carrie’s tips will assistance you try to eat greater

when preserving time, income and anxiety.

Goods Carrie normally delivers:

  • Cooler or cooler backpack
  • Ziplock baggage of several dimensions
  • Pretzels
  • Reusable water bottle

Here’s Carrie’s advice for specific journey scenarios.
Street journey:

  • Pack breakfast to eat in the car or truck. Mini muffins, oatmeal cups and fruit make a superior on-the-go breakfast.
  • Carry a cooler. Carrie’s beloved not-so-messy products to include are cheese sticks and pepperoni slices. “It’s its very own small food,” she claims. Her loved ones is also massive on carrot sticks, apples and oranges. A cooler backpack is useful for strolling all-around when you attain your location.
  • Carry munchies. “I never depart dwelling without pretzels,” Carrie states. “And I normally have Goldfish. Goldfish, to me, appears like a kids’ snack, but genuinely I find myself eating them just as a great deal as I do everything else.”
  • Go nuts. Peanuts, almonds, pecans and other nuts are a excellent source of protein that don’t call for refrigeration. Decide for the previously-shelled option to stay clear of a mess.
  • Consume regional. Prevent chain restaurants and splurge on dinner at a nearby gap-in-the-wall. “That gives you a truly feel for the place you are,” Carrie suggests. “I do a ton of research before I travel.”

Airplane Journey

  • Steer clear of sticker shock. Skip the costly airport treats, and carry your very own from the dollar retailer. Carrie likes Lemonheads and Gobstoppers.


  • Test anything. “I attempt to get a very little a lot more adventurous, and I obstacle myself at the very least after a day to try out a little something new, whether or not it’s frog legs, whether it is the escargot,” Carrie claims. “Anything extravagant, I give it a go, because it is involved [in the price of the cruise].”
  • Grab and go. Before disembarking, Carrie grabs a couple small containers of dry cereal from the breakfast buffet. She also fills a Ziplock bag with cookies from the dessert buffet. This provides her relatives something to snack on when they go away the boat for an excursion.
  • Set a lid on it. Bringing food items on to a cruise ship is like bringing sand to the beach front, but there is a meals-related item that Carrie packs: reusable cups with lids and straws—one for each individual household member. This aids reduce spills in their cabin.


  • Provide paper plates. In its place of making an attempt to get her loved ones downstairs to the breakfast buffet, Carrie delivers the buffet to them. Having paper plates (alongside with cutlery packs she’s gathered) helps make it effortless to set up a breakfast station anyplace. “I’ve pretty much acquired my individual tiny picnic in the area,” she suggests.
  • Flip the fridge into a freezer. Pack the mini fridge with bottled drinking water, due to the fact there is a fantastic opportunity it will freeze. “That’s one of individuals superb miracles that occurs, when your ice does freeze,” Carrie suggests. “You’ve received an fast ice pack.” Toss it into your cooler backpack, and you’re all set for the working day.
  • Really do not depart your cooler in the vehicle. If the fridge is entire of drinking water, that signifies you will have to have your cooler and some lodge ice to chill cheese sticks, chilly cuts and what ever else won’t in shape into the fridge.

Holiday vacation dwelling rental

  • Hold it uncomplicated. If you are not ordering groceries to be sent, then strike the nearby grocery store for breakfast products, sandwich fixings, a frozen lasagna and the like. “The final detail I need to do is make extravagant dinners for all people on holiday vacation,” Carrie claims.

Solo journey

  • Get some “me” time. “I assume it’s these types of a luxurious to go out to consume by myself,” Carrie states. Plan a extended dinner at a restaurant you normally would not test, and notify your server this is a exclusive occasion for you. Deliver a ebook, and order what you want with out acquiring to take into account any person else. “When you journey solo, you are in cost of what you want and certainly what you never want,” Carrie claims. “There will be no chicken nuggets and french fries on my plate.”

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