Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Ideas for meal preparation in apartments while traveling

Jump to last reply

We will be traveling to Italy May 2014 and have been thinking about staying in apartments so that we could prepare some meals on our own. But as I think about that more, I'm not sure what we would cook! I know we could do eggs, cereal, yogurt, pastries, etc. for breakfast; make sandwiches; and buy some fresh fish or other meat and cook it in the oven (assuming there is one) or on top of the stove, and cook some pasta or potatoes and veggies and have fresh fruit. Since we would only be staying 3-5 days in a given location, we wouldn't want to buy more olive oil, herbs, spices or whatever else we needed than we could use during that time (we will be traveling by train and use only a carry-on suitcase and a small backpack, so we couldn't take things from place to place). We would want to make things that are simple and quick, to save both time and money. Ideally, it would be nice to stay in a B&B with a small refrigerator and microwave so we could buy prepared foods and keep them in the frig and then warm them up (which I know, of course, we could also do in an apartment).

We simply can't eat dinner at 9-10 pm and go to bed full, and we would rather not live on pizza or whatever else we could pick up at the "American" dinner time we are used to (between 5-7 pm). We may get a larger mid-day meal and "eat light" for dinner.

Also, given the cost of food at markets and supermarket in Europe (which nearly makes me faint!), would we be likely to save money by cooking food ourselves or buying prepared foods??

Suggestions from those of you who have done meal preparation in apartments while traveling would be very helpful (and help us decide whether to rent apartments or just stick with hotels or B&B's). Thanks in advance!

40 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Northern Italy for Nature Lovers/Crowd Haters
  2. 2 Terrorism in Europe
  3. 3 Cinque Terre v Tuscany
  4. 4 Paris Markets for a 5 Course Meal
  5. 5 Planning a trip to Northern Italy/Lake Como
  6. 6 Trip Report Peggy does Deutschland...
  7. 7 Advice for 6 nights 7 Days in Switzerland
  8. 8 Greece - Sailing in Santorini
  9. 9 Hiking the Gap of Dunloe
  10. 10 Wernigerode and The Harz - Where to base oneself?
  11. 11 Need suggestions for Sienna and Orvieto
  12. 12 Trip Report Bamberg and Environs - 9 nights
  13. 13 Poland (Krakow)/ Prague from Leipzig
  14. 14 Hotel in Lake Garda or Desenzano del Gard
  15. 15 Which town to choose for lodging in Cinque Terre
  16. 16 Cinque Terre - which town to stay in & suggest a hotel?
  17. 17 Spain and Portugal Trip Help
  18. 18 Flight into London out Frankfurt (stop Paris, Amsterdam Prague)?
  19. 19 Night Train - Need help
  20. 20 White Villages base?
  21. 21 Traveling to France
  22. 22 20 year-old female planning solo Europe trip -- advice??
  23. 23 18 hour layover in Helsinki
  24. 24 Trip Report Berlin Recommendations & Trip Highlights
  25. 25 using airbnb for the first time...
View next 25 » Back to the top