If you have kids, or have been around kids, you know they eat a lot. A lot. A LOT. Like nonstop. When you’re vegetarian, and hungry, you quickly learn how to say ‘potato fries’ and ‘ice cream’ in any language. So, obviously, access to food, especially nourishing food, is important for our family. Whether you have special dietary needs or not, having a plan makes life easier on everybody. We’ve got a few of our favorite tricks up our sleeve to help you on your next trip.
Get a refrigerator. We prefer to stay in accommodations that have kitchens whether it be Kid and Coe, Airbnb, or a flat rental, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. When we find ourselves in a hotel room we simply ask for an extra mini fridge to be put in the room. Most hotels will happily accommodate this request. If not, empty the junk from the mini fridge, and use that space for healthy snacks. Pro tip: put the junk waaaaay out of little people reach. Finding the strength to ignore the king size Reese’s or $15 jumbo cashews is all on you…
Hit up the local market. As soon as we’ve dropped our packs we try to explore our new neighborhood on foot. Everybody feels good knowing their surroundings and picking out cafes, restaurants, and toy stores to come back to. Part of this initial scouting involves a stop at the local market for some groceries to keep on hand. We usually grab fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, olives, and hopefully a local snack. See also: all the waffles in Belgium.
Snack check and E-snacks. Before leaving the house, we run through a quick general checklist: restroom, quick snack, water, extra unders, plastic baggy (aka lifesaver, trust), and emergency snacks. The only thing worse than setting out and having to stop and search for a public restroom with three kids in tow is hanger. It ruins days.
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