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Cooking in a Hotel Room: How to Pack Spices for a Portable Kitchen

Tonya Prater, Owner

Cooking in a Hotel Room: How to Pack Spices for a Portable Kitchen

I’m always on the look out for ways that I can save money when I travel with my family. For the most part, I’m often able to dig up some pretty good deals but one area we typically struggle to stay on budget is food. Nine times out of ten, if we spend more on a trip than I’ve planned, it’s not because we stayed at the most luxurious hotel I could find or because we bought one too many post cards. It’s because I didn’t budget enough money for food. Feeding a family of five, three meals a day on the road, can easily add up to well over $100 and that’s definitely not from eating at the best steak house in town.

Of course we pack snacks from home, find hotels that offer complimentary breakfast and prepare our own meals to save as much as we can.

Cooking in a hotel room has allowed me to feed my family great meals for a fraction of the cost that we’d normally spend to eat out while we travel. When my family heads out on our 10 day cross country road trip, you can bet that my portable kitchen will be one of the first items I pack but this time it will have a new addition.

Store spices in a Pill container

While I was shopping at our local dollar store for travel surprises for my teens, I came across this handy container to store pills. I instantly thought it would be perfect to store the spices that I use most frequently when I cook. After all, just because I’m cooking in a hotel room doesn’t ever mean that the food will be bland and I don’t know about you, but space is a premium in our vehicle. I certainly don’t want to take it up with a ton of spice bottles and containers.

Individual pill containers are perfect for storing spices

The pill container is perfect. Each individual compartment will hold about 3/4 of a tablespoon of spices and screws together tightly. A perfect way to pack spices in a portable kitchen! I could have made my containers really cute by spelling the names of each spice with stickers but a black Sharpie was quicker and cost less. In a matter of minutes I managed to fill and label my containers.

Before and After

What tips can you share that help you save money on food when you travel?

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Saturday 1st of June 2019

My sisters and I buy our retired mother spices that we all share. What single person uses up a full-size container of most spices? Now we keep one of the pill reminders handy so we can refill or add a new spice for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for this tip we find much handier than our previous containers (pill bottles and snack baggies to name 2)

Tonya Prater

Saturday 8th of June 2019

I'm glad I could help. :)

johan mitchel

Thursday 21st of January 2016

I'm a veteran camper/backpacker who finds most of this type of articles to be crap. Your idea is brilliant. Simple, cheap, effective, space saving 4 for 4! Thank you!!


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Thank you, Johan. Simple & cheap are just what I aim for! :)

SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

Saturday 13th of September 2014

Ohhhhh I want that spice kit for my teeny apartment at home... rushing off to buy one now.

Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

Sunday 17th of November 2013

What an awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

Saturday 16th of November 2013

What a genius idea! This would be perfect for camping too! Protection Status
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