January 6, 2012

Packing the Kitchen for a Week in South Haven

If you're planning a family vacation to South Haven, there are a few tips to make packing a little easier.  Here are some ideas for the kitchen...
Aluminum Foil:  Works perfectly for wrapping up a few leftovers or wrapping potatoes for the grill.
Salt-Pepper-Garlic:  Use an old spice container for a mix of sea salt, ground pepper and a little garlic powder.  It's an easy, all purpose seasoning for steaks, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and more.
Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo:  Bring the basics to keep kids happy, or bring the upscale versions to spice up your meal times.
BBQ, Ranch and Italian Dressing: For dipping, for dousing burgers and for keeping the kids happy.  Of course, the Italian dressing can double as a marinade.
Can of Cooking Spray:  Even the open one from your cupboard will be fine - it's only a week!
Zip Bags:  Pack a variety of zip bags into one large bag. You'll need a few for munchies, marinating grill food and saving some leftovers.  Use a quart size bag for some basics from home (sugar, ground coffee) to make packing easier.
Disposable Drinkware & Sharpie marker ~ Let the kids write their names or make their mark on their cup for the day.  It will save your stack of cups and settles arguments!
Disposable Plates & Silverware:  Perhaps not the most eco-concious item to pack, but it sure saves a lot of dishwashing (it is a vacation, after all)
Paper Napkins & Paper Towel:  There's a roll of paper towels provided, but your family may need more.

So what can you leave at home?  Dish soap, dish cloths and dish towels, garbage bags, coffee filters and dish soap.  Feel free to email us with any questions as you begin to pack...and if you have any ideas to share, feel free to post them below!