If you travel a lot, or professionally, you may find yourself in a lot of hotel rooms. This can make maintaining a budget tough. After all, that $40 burger at the hotel bar does sound good….
The solution to this? Well, any budget guru will tell you it’s cheaper to grocery shop and cook for yourself. But how do you do that while living in hotels? The first thing to think about is what you’ll cook with.
I’m a big fan of electric skillets. They’re portable, affordable, and with a little creativity, you can cook just about anything in them.
The trick is to keep it light and small enough to fit in your bag.
When I was on tour we were allowed two checked bags; that meant I had a bag and a half for clothes, and I was able to squeeze some cookware into my second bag.
Here’s the skillet I recommend:
It’s only 8 inches, so it’ll fit easily into a suitcase, but it should be enough to cook what you need.
When I was out on tour, I was working in an environment where I travelled full time with 23 other people. That meant we could divide and conquer; one person had a skillet, others had a coffee press, I had a blender, and we’d share and work together to cook.
This was our taco night. Tacos are super easy to make with limited cookware; some ground beef or chicken; you can sautee it and cut it into small pieces, and add in your other ingredients. In my case, I like mushrooms, peppers, and lots of spices.
A little bit of shredded cheese and guac and you’re all set! Oh, and don’t forget the salsa and lettuce!
What an easy thing to make!
Having an electric skillet makes lots of other meals pretty easy too. Here’s some easy things you can cook in an electric skillet:
Omelets and Bacon
Rice and Fish
Another key item? For me, I made sure to take my personal blender on the road as well.
This gave me a lot of other options, like smoothies and milkshakes (and of course, cocktails). I’d also grind coffee in it, and make hummus and guacamole.
If you start to get creative, the options are really endless.
Good luck, my traveling chefs!