A few days before we left for our vacation I jotted down quickly on a piece of scrap paper a menu for the days we would be gone. My mother laughed at me saying that I really wouldn't be on vacation if I was still having to cook. Yes I would have enjoyed a "vacation from cooking" but we always do this. When we go somewhere, anywhere even if it is a soccer game an hour a way I will pack up a cooler with sandwich stuff for our dinner.
To make my menu as simple as possible - because after all it is vacation I used some of my ready made foods and I also made up some things before we left.
I took along a package of pop tarts and a bag of cereal (we bought milk once we arrived) BUT I made up a double batch of my homemade biscuits and enough sausage patties to go along with the biscuits before I left. I also pulled two loaves of Friendship bread out of my freezer.
I have to admit because we tended to sleep a little later and were out driving and sightseeing so much we skipped lunch most days but I took along the fixings for ham and cheese sandwiches on the days we did eat lunch.
From out of my freezer I took a bag of frozen spaghetti sauce, hotdog sauce, and taco meat. For spaghetti night all I had to do was warm up the sauce and make our pasta. We had hotdogs a couple evenings (one over a camp fire) but all I had to do was warm up the hotdogs and sauce. And on taco night I just warmed the meat and chopped my veggies. We ate good food that filled us up and saved a lot of $$ in the process.
It wasn't really all that hard either because of the prep work that I had done at home.
What about you? Do you generally eat out while on vacation or do you cook? If you cook do you take along already prepared foods?