In addition to using our regular packing lists for Women and Men’s personal belongings, you really need an itemized list of what to bring when you are staying in a condo. Since we usually drive to the condo we are staying at, it is much easier to bring items from home that we know we will need.
It is a bigger challenge when flying to Hawaii or Florida or Cabo to stay in a condo. Do you really want to bring half the kitchen with you, especially when you have to pay for extra suitcases? Heck, at $25 or more for an extra suitcase, you can probably buy and toss most of the “Bring from Home” items and save some money as well.
Of course, the first thing you need to do is check with your timeshare company, either by phone or on their online site, to see what is provided at the timeshare. Then, of course, you need to decide what you will want to eat and do so that you can create your personal shopping list.
To give you an idea of what we bring, check out “Our Must Haves List” below.
Our experience has shown us that the items in the first group on the left are not available in most timeshare condos, so we bring them from home. The second column at the top are items we bring from home so that we don’t end up buying things in larger quantities at the store that we won’t completely use on this trip and we already have them at home. Also, depending upon the size of your family group, it may be cost effective to bring pancake mix and/or Bisquick from home too. The home-made apricot jam, of course, goes with the peanut butter. But we also spoon it over pork chops along with a little white wine for a great juicy pork chop. Also works great if you are doing a little sweet and sour sauce, use the jam and the vinegar. The celery seeds and vinegar can also be used for making coleslaw. Buy it ready-made if you prefer.
|“Our Must Haves List”|
Bring from Home (If Driving)
Utensils & Misc.
Spices & Misc
|Apron||Apricot Jam (Home Made)|
|Duraflame Logs||Flour (2 cups for roux)|
|Lighter for BBQ||Pappy’s or Grill Mates|
|Recycled Grocery Bags||Popcorn|
|Sharp Knives||Salt & Pepper|
|Wine Opener||Vinegar (1/2 cup)|
|With the following items, we can make breakfasts, lunches and dinners throughout the week.|
|Don’t forget to plan on a couple meals out. Don’t want to be a slave to the kitchen!|
Pick up at Store
|Apple or Orange Juice||Pancake Mix & Syrup|
|Bread, Croissants & Butter||Peanut Butter|
|Biscuits or Bisquick||Pork Chops|
|Chips & Dips||Shredded Cabbage|
|Deli Meats & Cheese||Shredded Cheese|
|Eggs & Bacon & Sausage||Soda & Beer|
|Fresh Fruit & Veggies||Sour Cream (2)|
|Ground Beef & Steaks||Spaghetti & Sauce|
|Ground Italian Sausage||Tortillas (for Tacos)|
|Lettuce & Tomato||Vegetable Oil|
|Milk & Cereal & Fruit||Wine & Wine Coolers|
Click here for our Timeshare Packing List which includes meal plans, shopping list, etc… The document is a Microsoft Excel file. You can take out things you don’t want and add your own items. The bottom line is that if you do a little pre-planning, you can save some money, eliminate some stress, and have a great vacation!
Start building your memories,
one vacation at a time. Bon Voyage!!!
As you might guess, this document is a compilation of information from our travels as well as from other travelers. I hope it has been of value to you. Don’t hesitate to email us when you return from your trip with any suggestions that will make this document better for you and your fellow travelers!
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