Headed to the lake or a cozy cabin for some R&R? My Easy Meal Planning for a Family Vacation makes it a breeze to feed your crew while on a road trip!

Sheet pan pancakes, sheet pan nachos, build your own cheeseburger, and a s'mores tray.

What to Feed Your Family on Vacation

Vacations are supposed to be restful. So don’t let the question of what to make for dinner at the cabin or lake or your Air BnB spoil the fun! My Easy Meal Planning for a Family Vacation makes feeding families large and small simple. I’ve thought of everything. From what to buy to how to prepare, cook and serve your family getaway meals. So let’s hit the road and have some fun!

The Brown Family posing by a river in Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Eating Great at the Cabin

After months of hustle and bustle, our family needed to get away. So off we went to Broken Bow, Oklahoma for five days of great meals and cherished moments with the family at a cozy cabin in the woods.

For me, truly relaxing time means having a solid plan for how we’re going to feed everyone. So I planned out all the meals and brought all our groceries with us. That way, we could stock the cabin as soon as we got there and just start enjoying our time together. 

This menu worked amazing for our 5 day, 4 night stay in the mountains. I’ve included our breakfasts and dinners with links to recipes and helpful lists of what to bring.

For us, lunches are always on the go! On our trip, we ate out for lunches at local breweries and a pizza place after long hikes and ATVing adventures. We do love a little spontaneity! And, of course, trying new food!

The back of an SUV loaded up with bags of groceries and coolers.

My Vacation Menu

Five days, four nights, and four breakfasts. Here’s a list of what we ate and what we brought to make it all happen. I also brought some of our favorite snacks, including chocolate chip granola bars and Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Cheese Board

After a busy travel day, the evening started with a low-fuss Cheese Board. We’re a family that loves to graze and a cheese board is so satisfying. As you can see, we had to improvise a bit. We used spoon ends for little spreaders because the cabin didn’t have any.

We packed little baggies of accompaniments from the board building stash in our home pantry. Here’s what I brought:

  • Honey goat cheese, gouda, aged white cheddar
  • Fresh cherries
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried apricots
  • Crackers – fruit and nut crisps, Ritz crackers, whole grain crackers
  • Marcona almonds
  • Glazed pecans
  • Mini jam jars
A cheese board with fruit and nuts.

S’mores Tray

If there’s a fire, there’s gotta be s’mores! Knowing we would make some variation of this s’mores tray almost every night at the cabin, I brought along a selection of our favorite s’mores goodies. Here are some helpful posts to plan your family’s s’mores tray:

A baking tray filled with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, fudge striped cookies in front of a fire pit.

Pancake Spread

We love to start off a busy day with a big, hearty breakfast. I made extra pancakes the first morning so we could eat the leftover pancakes the next morning as a quick breakfast before heading out on an early hike. Here’s what you need for a pancake spread:

Baked bacon on a white plate, scrambled eggs in a white serving bowl, a baking sheet filled with pancakes and two cups of coffee on a wooden table.

Biscuit and Fixin’s Spread

For convenience, I used canned biscuits, but you an never go wrong with Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits. It’s totally up to you!

  • Canned biscuits
  • Sunny Side up Eggs
  • Bacon (Cooked the bacon on the stove and used the grease to make the biscuit gravy)
  • Spreads – butter, peanut butter, Nutella, honey
  • Berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries
Biscuits, fried eggs, bacon and fruit on a wooden table.

Sheet Pan Pancakes

I made this sheet pan pancake spread on the last morning we were there using the little fruit we had left as toppings.

Pancakes baked in a sheet pan along with two cups of coffee.

Steak Night

Brandon loves grilling out, and even mores when the view is fantastic! Here’s what we made for our steak night dinner:

A wooden cutting board with sliced steak on it, surrounded by steamed broccoli, garlic bread and a bowl of Caesar salad.

Build-Your-Own Cheeseburger Spread

A family favorite for sure. I love it because it’s so easy and everyone gets to customize their own burger!

A baking sheet of French fries, a plate of five cheese burgers with yellow cheese, a plate of buns and a plate of grilled corn on a wooden table.

Build-Your-Own Fajita Spread

For this fajita spread, I used the seasoned chicken and seasoned steak recipe from my Spectacular Spreads cookbook, but feel free to use your favorite recipe or pre-packaged seasoning mix.

Fajita chicken and steak in a glass bowl surrounded by tortillas and bowls of queso, refried beans, guacamole, shredded cheese and salsa.

Sheet Pan Nachos

This low-key dinner is great because it uses leftovers from fajita night!

A sheet pan lined with foil  filled with nachos.

If you use my Easy Meal Planning for a Family Vacation, be sure to snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see! 😍 I just love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the ideas I share. Enjoy!


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Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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