A little bit of preparation in the days leading up to a family road trip means less stress for me while we're actually there. A few days before we're scheduled to leave, I make a bit pot of chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup or chili. These all are super easy to make, and freeze well in individual portions. I also make homemade pasta sauce. Just boil some pasta and heat up the sauce for a quick and easy dinner. Casseroles and lasagnas also are great one-dish meals that freeze well.
For a week-long trip, I usually make and pack 3 to 4 meals. It takes the pressure off when I can tell the kids want a homecooked meal but I haven't planned ahead to buy the necessary ingredients or don't have the necessary equipment.
If you like to pack some meals for family vacations, give us some tips in the comments.
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