Beach Trip Meal Tips {with downloadable list}

Have you ever driven hours to get to your beach vacation destination, dying to get out of the car and get toes in the sand only to remember you have no food where you’re staying and no meal plans? This has happened to me one too many times.

I pull into the closest Target or Walmart near the condo we’re staying and just start throwing groceries in the shopping cart with no plan in mind. Problem with that is I end up missing main ingredients for certain dishes. If you find yourself in these shoes too, I’m sharing the grocery list and meal plan I follow now. This comprehensive vacation grocery shopping list will be essential in contributing to future trips!

First thing you’ll want to check out is if there is a huge grocery store close by or a smaller, more expensive convenient store to where you’ll be staying.

Secondly, you’ll want to check if that store has grocery pickup or online options. If so, you can place your order online and pick it up on your way in to save time.

You’ll also want to consider what you can bring from home. Things like toilet paper rolls, kitchen spices, Clorox wipes … put things like this in ziplock bags for easier travel.

The meal plan I’m sharing is for a 4 night stay and is in no way catered to any diets. When we vacation I like to keep it simple because no one wants to spend their time in the kitchen.

For breakfast, we usually stick to basics: eggs, bacon, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls.

For lunch, we pack lunch meat sandwiches and pbj to take down to the beach with an abundance of snacks.


Dinner Meal Plan:

  • Thursday – sausage sheet pan: broccoli, sweet potato, onion, sausage
  • Friday – burgers
  • Saturday – tacos
  • Sunday – pizza

Grocery list:

  • Milk
  • eggs
  • Butter
  • Gogurt- freeze half and this doubles as popsicles
  • Cheese slices and shredded
  • Sausage (andouille)
  • Bacon
  • Lunch meat
  • Ground Meat
  • Burger patties
  • Coffee creamer
  • Fruit
  • Veggies for sausage pan – broccoli, onion, sweet potato
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Pickles
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Pepperonis
  • Pizza sauce
  • Pizza crust
  • Bread
  • Burger buns
  • Tortilla
  • Jelly
  • PB
  • Mac cups
  • Popcorn
  • Granola bars
  • Individual Pringles cups
  • Cooking spray
  • Powerade
  • Water bottles
  • Brownie mix
  • Condiments
  • Coffee
  • Filters

This to consider bringing from home:

  • Paper towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Dish wash detergent
  • Disposable plates and cups
  • Laundry detergent (handful of pods)

Hopefully this list helps save time next trip!

What are your favorite beach food tips?

beach packing list and meal plan


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