Road trip season is upon us and while they can be fun, they can also become miserable just as easily. Preparing in advance for snacks, entertainment, and organization is the key to a more relaxing and frugal road trip. Hopefully some of these great Costco items can help make this summer’s road trip a smoother and more enjoyable time.
Disney Junior Gift Packs featuring Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins or Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. These gift packs include a full length DVD, 2 books, 4 coloring pages, poster, and stickers for $17.99. Considering just the two books and full-length DVD, I think this price point is right on. It may not be the most frugal options, but it sure is EASY and these characters are sure popular with the toddler and young kid age-range! Would make a really nice gift too if you have kids coming to visit you! It may also buy you some quiet adult time, because it is YOUR vacation too!
Pacific Gold Original Beef Jerky – I’m pretty sure beef jerky is a quintessential road trip staple. I find jerky to be prohibitively expensive, even the more reasonable Costco price, but it IS cheaper (and healthier and more filling) than frequent fast food and quick mart snacks. My family finally started prepping better for trips because I was always left devastated by how expensive fast food is and how yucky it makes me feel. It always seemed a treat to stop by for some burgers and fries… but the last visits I remember have left me unhappy and my wallet shocked. So… it was time for us to prepare better!
Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Snack Packs – Fabulous for lunches, trips, hiking, school and everything else! A nice mix of protein and sugar… it hits the spot whether you prefer salty or sweet. We packed this in a suitcase and took it across country to save money on our Disney parks visit. I have fond memories of my parents packing a suitcase of food on one of our two Hawaiian vacations. The second trip we got a condo with a kitchen and a trip to the local Costco. How do you save on family vacations?
Organic Clif Kid ZBars – While these may not be the utmost in health… they are organic and at least avoid a lot of the chemicals found in their alternatives. Is it bad that I eat all the chocolate brownie bars and leave the iced oatmeal and chocolate chip to the kids? These bars are delicious, light to pack, and stand up pretty well in hot vehicles!
Ultra Table Top Collapsible Cooler – My favorite item I spotted for your road trip this year! Per the tag, ice lasts up to 2 days in this cooler, the top has a built in table for use, but best-of-all the cooler folds down when not in use. Sometimes on the trip back it’s just not economical or possible to pack cold foods. I love that you have the option to fold up this cooler and allow room for gifts purchased on vacation or just for extra space. At $24.99 the cooler was much more reasonable and compact than the other options Costco had available.
Happy road tripping everyone!! Stay safe, frugal, and fun!!