Best of Summer {Money Saving Travel Tips}

Really these traveling tips are great for any time of year, but because I am thinking of my summer this week here they are! Check out my other Best of Summer Posts and where to go in Arizona in the Summer.

Eating Out of a Hotel Room {Money Saving Ideas} In this post I talked about what we ate while we stayed in a hotel room for over a week. It was when we really shouldn’t have been spending any extra money, and this helped save us from having to eat out for every meal when we were away from home.

Snacks to Bring to the Zoo These snacks help keep you full and not buying expensive snacks while you’re at the zoo, on a roadtrip or out other places.

Airport Traveling Tips One of the tips on this list is to bring an empty water bottle through security so that you can fill it up with free water once you get past security. You can even bring drink mixes with you so that it’s flavored.

What I Forgot on Our Cruise I packed for two trips when I packed for our cruise and forgot alot. It would have saved me money to think about some of these things before we left home.

Road Trip Packing List (And One for Toddlers) I use these packing lists every time I go on a road trip now. It keeps me from forgetting anything, and so far they have worked pretty well!

Easier Traveling with a (Cute!) Fanny Pack Save some stress on your next trip to a theme park by having everything you need on you at all times.

Save Money Before Your Vacation I try to hide my credit cards from myself to remind me to save money for my potential vacation.

More Travel Tips I review some of my past tips and how they went.

More Best of Summer Posts:
Place to Go in Arizona
Souvenirs to Make or Display

Best of Summer { Places to Go in Arizona }

This summer was all about vacations and staying out of the Arizona heat. These are some places that you can actually visit in the summer here in Arizona.

The heat in Sedona is still pretty high, but it is a bit lower than the valley’s heat. Here are a few places to stop while visiting Sedona, Arizona.

Camping on the Mogollon Rim was a great place to cool off and enjoy some beautiful views of the outdoors. It was pretty easy to access and there were lots of areas to explore.

Makutu's Island in Tempe Arizona

This is a great place to visit during the heat of the day when the kids want to run around. You can let them run wild in Makutu’s Island in Tempe, AZ.

This is another great indoor venue of things for you and your kids to do. Flipside in Chandler, AZ has bowling, arcades, bumper cars, lazer tag and a cool foam ball area with a climbing area and slides.

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is a great shop, restaurant and tour. During the summer the tours are still running and they show you all of the equipment and how they make olive oil. There indoor shop is perfect for hiding from the heat!

At Arizona Speedway you are sitting out in the heat, but during the summer most of the races are after dark, when it’s cooling down.

Other Best of Summer Posts:
Souvenirs to Make or Display
Money Saving Tips for Traveling

Camping Food Menu and Ideas

One of the great parts of camping is the food. We recently went up to the Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona and had a great time. The great food was just a bonus!

Day One
Breakfast: Whatever we had at Home
Lunch: from Wendy’s on the ride to the campsite
Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie Tin Foil Dinners

Day Two
Breakfast: Pop Tarts and Cereal
Lunch: Grilled Ham and Cheese or Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Dinner: Steak and Potato Packets

Day Three
Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon
Lunch: Sausage and Tots or Hot Dogs and Tots
Dinner: Classic Tin Foil Dinners

Day Four
Breakfast: Pancakes
Lunch: Snacks on the way home
Dinner: Whatever we had at home

Different Cooking Methods

For the Sausage, Hot Dogs and Steak we cooked them over the fire (our neighbors that went with us sometimes pulled out the grill instead). You can make your own sticks by whittling the ends of a stick and sanitizing it by burning the edges really quick or use ones that you bought. For the steaks especially, they can be propped up to the fire by rocks and turned as needed. The campfire really does add good flavor to them, I’m already craving another campfire steak!

The tin foil dinners are cooked over coals. I don’t mean that you brought charcoal, I mean that you started a fire and let it burn for a little bit until you had some great coals. You will have to move around the logs that are still on fire to get to them though. Also, make sure to bring some gloves to pick up the foil packets because they will be really hot! I use just plain leather work gloves but something a little bit more fire-safe would be better. The potatoes were cooked in tin foil packets as well as the tin foil dinners.

For the breakfasts and the grilled cheese we used my camping frying pan inside of our friend’s 5th wheel on their gas stove. If it were just me camping I would have cooked all of those things over the campfire/coals or even on a camping stove. Do whatever is easiest for you!

Prepare Ahead

Most everything we had prepared ahead of time. I made the tin foil dinners and prepared the tater tot packets before we left and froze them. Freezing them helped them stay at a safe temperature in the cooler, and helped keep everything else cold. The first night we realized that we should have taken out the tin foil dinners way sooner to thaw, because they took a long time to cook. The rest of them defrosted right on schedule.

The only thing we really prepared there was the pancake batter and the potato packets. It was fine to do them while we were there but had we done them earlier it would have saved us some stress of bringing all the ingredients and supplies.

Check out recipes that we made after this camping trip from the wild blackberries we picked. See them here at Arizona Mama.

Today at Arizona Mama: A Few More Traveling Posts

A few years ago my husband and I went on a great trip to New England together. It was a great trip but my memories of it are fading. Read my story over at Arizona Mama.

Also, during all the fun and excitement I have had from traveling recently I missed telling you about my Eating Out of Your Hotel Room post. Better late than never! When we stayed at a Fort Bliss hotel for a couple of weeks we tried to eat out of our hotel room to save money instead of eating out every night. I have plenty of ideas and things to shop for over at Arizona Mama.

Dog Bed Take Two!

I made this great dog bed last year. (See the tutorial for it here)We have a new dog, so we needed a new bed.

I put this tutorial for perfect binding to good use. It made me a little disappointed that I hadn’t thought of doing it like they did before now!

I used two large squares of fabric, the bias tape and tons of scrap fabric for the stuffing. It took me the past couple of months (or more) of saving fabric scraps to fill the dog bed, but it was nice to use something that would have been thrown away otherwise. It made this a relatively cheap project and I couldn’t be happier with it! Neither could my son, who was this dog bed for again?

Other Dog Crafts:
The First DIY Dog Bed
Dog Stuff Holder
DIY Beware of Dog Sign
Dog Stuff on Pinterest

Today at Arizona Mama: Red Sox Easter Basket

My husband and his family are big Red Sox fans. I will wear Red Sox stuff, but so far that’s about the extent of it for me. I’m sure my son will be getting into the baseball spirit this year so when I saw the ribbon, I had to buy it and decorate a basket for him.

Check out the tutorial for this Easter Basket here at Arizona Mama.

Today at Arizona Mama: Pirate Satchel

I made a less-colorful but still very Disney bag shortly after I got home from Disneyland. I copied the size and pocket from this bag, but I changed up the closure some. I have to say that I love it and I wear it around quite a bit, especially when I am running errands. The first day that I didn’t wear it I left my wallet in the car- very embarrassing! It does show how nice it is to have your wallet, phone and camera attached to you though! Click here to see my Pirate Cross Body Bag over at Arizona Mama.

My Top Arizona Mama Posts This Month:
Coke Can Bracelet
Diffuser Reed Gift Set
Easy Dog Bed
Halloween Treat Ideas