Top 5 Money Saving Travel Tips – Snack Edition

If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you know snacks can make or break a trip. Travel is already expensive enough; no one needs to deal with expensive airport snacks. Or hangry kids. After a few hundred thousand million miles of traveling with kids, here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Bring your own reusable, refillable water bottle. Water bottle filling stations are everywhere these days. Seriously. This seems so easy, but I’m still surprised at how many people skip this step. If I bought each person in our family a bottle of water each time we flew, I’d spend $24 on water per flight. On average we take four flights per trip. That’s $96 in water. Or we could pack our own water bottles and fill them at the airport. I don’t know. I kinda like free. (And no waste!)
  2. Bring your own snacks. I mean, this is a no-brainer. Pack them in your carry-on and in your suitcase. Pack them in your kids’ carry-on. Pack them everywhere.
  3. For longer trips, find a grocery store as soon as you arrive. Stock up. Aim to replace at least one meal a day with food from there. If you don’t have a cooler or a fridge, nuts and fruit (dried or fresh) are easy to keep at room temperature. If you do have a cooler or fridge, yogurt, cheese sticks, veggies and dip are all healthy and portable. Juice boxes break up the monotony of water, too.
  4. Try to book hotels that offer a continental breakfast. Pair this with a sack lunch and you are basically amazing.
  5. When you do need to eat on the road, plan ahead. Seek out a normal place you would eat and stop there.

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