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Packing for vacation? Here’s what you should bring when you’re headed to your timeshare. | Vacationbetter.org | #travel #cooking #meal

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Timeshare has you pretty much covered when it comes to the kitchen. You’ll have just about everything you need waiting for you, but there are a few things you might want to grab from home to save yourself some hassle.

Pre-measured spices. You don’t want to have to buy all new spices once you get to the resort, so consider bringing a few basics along with you. Need just a little for one recipe? Consider pre-measuring what you need out in a pill container or plastic baggies to save on space!

Cooking oil. Unless you’ll need a whole bottle for frying, you won’t want to purchase a new one for a couple of recipes. Bring your own, or measure it out into a smaller container.

Non-stick spray. Chances are you won’t use an entire can while you’re there, so bring what you have from home if possible, and save yourself from having to throw out the rest.

Aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Necessary for cooking or saving leftovers, but only if you can spare the room in your suitcase.

Plastic tupperware. Great for leftovers and you can toss them before you head home.

When space is at a premium, it’s important to have a plan. Knowing what you’re going to make helps you plan what you’ll need to bring. If your goal is to save money by cooking on vacation, don’t overspend on what you might not get a chance to use!

Ziploc Bags.  If space is a concern, plastic ziploc bags are the way to go!  They’re great for leftovers, pre-packing ingredients or even non-kitchen items.

Flying? Some things you can carry on the plane, others you can check in your suitcase, but space is still limited. So if you don’t think you’ll be able to buy what you need at a local grocer, consider these tricks for bringing food on a plane:

  • Put boxed foods in plastic bags with the instructions written on the bag to save on weight and space.
  • Dry soups and sauces. Just add water!
  • Bring a rolling or collapsible cooler as a carry on for your frozen or refrigerated foods. (On the way back, use it for souvenirs or leftovers!)

Check out this list of what you can and can’t bring on the plane (under the Food tab).

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Unless you have a magical Mary Poppins bag hiding in the back of your closet, packing for vacation means limited space. Luckily, even if you plan to cook while away, there’s no need to worry about missing critical supplies in the kitchen. Standard timeshare units come stocked with all the basics, and even a few things you wouldn’t expect.

Here’s a quick list of what you’ll find in your typical timeshare kitchen:

  • Dinner settings (including plates, silverware & different types of glasses)
  • Bowls & mugs
  • Serving bowl & platter
  • Full set of cookware including skillets, saucepans and stockpot
  • Blender
  • Coffeemaker
  • Toaster
  • Basting spoon
  • Bowl scraper
  • Can opener
  • Casserole dishes
  • Colander
  • Cookie sheet
  • Corkscrew
  • Cutting board
  • Grater
  • Sharp knives
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spatulas
  • Pizza cutter
  • Roast pan
  • Tongs
  • Slotted spoon
  • Vegetable peeler

See something missing? We suggest picking up disposable bakeware from the baking aisle in the local grocery store. Or try popping down to the front desk! Many resorts have a limited supply of cooking tools such as crock pots available for use.

So when you’re putting together your vacation meal plan, don’t forget to check this list or with the resort you’re headed to in order to make sure you’re not planning any meals that require tools you won’t have, (unless you plan on packing them, of course!)


You’re probably thinking, the last thing I want to do on vacation is cook. And we don’t blame you. Vacations are about kicking back and finally getting to unwind. They’re about having fun, trying new things, and getting away from what you’re used to. So why take time away from other activities to cook a meal?

But think about why you don’t associate vacations and cooking. Chances are, unless you’re lucky enough to have grown up with timeshare vacations (and we hope you are), you spent a lot of time in hotels, which meant no kitchens. You probably ate every meal out or ordered in room service. That’s the life, right?

Don’t get us wrong—there’s something really magical about a professional chef preparing you a gourmet meal, and even more so when you’re not stuck cleaning the dishes.

But how much did that fancy meal cost? Now multiply that two to three times each day you’re on vacation and watch the dollars add up. Ouch.

So why consider cooking on vacation?

It saves you money. Not every meal has to be fancy or expensive. A bowl of cereal in the morning means you can splurge on dinner without going over your vacation budget.

Flexible meal times. You never miss the freedom of making yourself a sandwich until you’re starving and no one else is hungry. Plus, throwing together a quick snack leaves more time for other activities throughout the day.

Stress less about dietary restrictions. Don’t be limited by your restaurant options. Take control of your meals and don’t feel like you have to eat every meal at the only gluten-free restaurant in town.

Make food part of the vacation experience. Part of vacations is getting to do things you wouldn’t normally do. Cooking with local ingredients or making something you’ve never made before can be just as exciting as exploring a new place. If your vacation is about spending time with loved ones, then invite them to join! (Because who doesn’t love an excuse to make s’mores?)

Cooking on vacation brings families together, offering you the freedom and flexibility to customize your vacation any way you want. That’s why 90% of vacationers said kitchens improved their vacation experience!

And with timeshare, you’ll never again be stuck eating pizza on the bed.


What do you have cooking this holiday season? Share a picture of you & your meal for a chance to win! Visit bit.ly/VBphotocontest for details. | VacationBetter.org | #timeshare #vacation #travel #family #friends #food #cooking #meals

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Submit a photo of family and friends sharing or preparing a meal for a chance to win a $100 American Express gift card! #holidays #fun #family #giving #timeshare #giftcard #vacation #travel #cooking #food #vacationbetter | VacationBetter.org

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The holidays are now just around the corner, which means family gatherings, big meals, and for many—vacation! It’s the reason we stash away days all year long, so we can spend this special time with those we love.

And with food being such a big part of the season, we want to share how cooking with timeshare can be a part of your holiday vacation by getting in the holiday giving spirit.

In November, we gave away $100 American Express gift cards to our two randomly chosen winners to use on travel snacks, holiday goodies, or key ingredients they’ll need for that holiday meal! In December, we’ll be giving away three more prizes to make your holidays even brighter!

Entries received in December are elibible to win one of three KitchenAid countertop appliances, including a Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, a Countertop Oven, or a 5-Speed Diamond Blender!


To enter, simply share a picture of you and your family/friends preparing or enjoying a meal. Whether baking cookies or basting the turkey, capture a unique moment and share it with us!

So help us add some cheer to your season by sharing your vacation memories with us!