Rise and Shine With These 25 Easy Vacation Rental Breakfast Ideas

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Getting ready for your next family vacation but wondering what to bring or cook for breakfast? Our list of our favourite premade & easy breakfast ideas for your vacation rental, cabin or cottage will come in handy.

In my mind, family vacations should be a time for connection and relaxation, not spending your whole time cooking & cleaning up. Which is why I love making premade and easy breakfasts for our trips we take 1 to 3 times a year. So there’s more time to enjoy my coffee (or at least try to!)

These recipes are speedy, tasty, and easy to make, even if you only have basic kitchen items. Plus they’re versatile so you can easily sub or leave out ingredients your kids, or the other adults won’t like.

You’ll find quick vacation meal planning tips, then premade breakfast recipes you can make at home and easily reheat at your vacation rental and grab and go ideas. As well as quick breakfast recipes you can whip up at your cottage in minutes.

Easy Vacation Meals Planning Tips

AirBnb Havana breakfast, with crepes, fruit salad and juice.

Whenever possible my family and I prefer to stay in local cottages, cabins and condos for those lazy summer weekends, and family trips.

The convenience of being able to easily make our own meals and keep costs down by buying our own groceries and bringing our own food from home is worth it.

That way we can splurge on the things we really want to see, do and eat, rather than spending a large portion of our budget on restaurants.

We like to plan easy to make & clean up meals, that don’t require a lot of fancy kitchen equipment.

Here are a few of our top vacation meal planning tips

  • Plan Ahead: Create a meal plan before your family trip to save time and money. Check with your rental to see what they provide for food / spice staples, kitchen appliances and items.
  • Create a shopping list: A grocery list will help you make sure you have what you need, without spending a lot of money extra on things you don’t.
  • Pack Essentials: Bring along basic ingredients like herbs, cooking oil and favourite easy to pack foods.
  • Opt for One-Pot Meals: Simplify cooking and cleanup with dishes that require only one pot or pan.
  • Choose Versatile Ingredients: Select items that can be used in multiple recipes to minimize waste & time. Prepared meals like rotisserie chicken & packaged, just add water pancake mix, can save you time & hassle.
  • Get groceries delivered: Use a delivery service to have your first couple of days (or more) food delivered to your vacation rental that first night. This will save you time & hassle and usually doesn’t cost that much.
  • Make food ahead: We like to prep and make as much food as feasible ahead of time for things like muffins, casseroles, waffles or pancakes. This cuts down our time in the kitchen on holiday.
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Easy Breakfast Ideas For Your Next Vacation

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. And I love having a little extra time on vacation to make something special the entire family.

But I also love having some quick breakfast recipes & easy meals in my back pocket for busy days.

These simple meals and recipes can all be made in 30 minutes or less. Or can be made at home, and just reheated when needed in your hotel room, beach house or rental house.

1. Feta Fried Eggs

Two feta fried eggs on avocado toast, one with pieces of bacon on top.
Recipe & photo by: fannetastic food

Elevate your morning & fried eggs with these crispy, feta friend eggs on avocado toast.

This recipe combines all the things I love for breakfast into one, with an extra kick of good fats. And it’s ready in under 10 minute.

2. Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Plate of cinnamon waffles drizzled with cream cheese icing.
Recipe & photo by Krystel’s Cooking

Nothing says a weekend breakfast vacation meal more than waffles. I love how using a can of an Pillsbury cinnamon rolls makes this recipe so quick & simple.

I prefer real maple syrup, to a cream cheese drizzle… but hey you’re on vacation, both would be amazing.

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3. Breakfast Burrito Casserole

Pan of breakfast tortilla casserole, with a spoon holding one piece.
Recipe & photo by Haute and Healthy Living

Breakfast burritos are a favourite way to start the day in our family. But sometimes it’s a lot of work for a crowd. Which is where this breakfast burrito casserole comes in.

Just make ahead, and have a tasty, filling meal for a crew of hungry people, or enough to eat over a couple of days for a family. I like to add black beans to mine.

It also makes an easy summer dinner meal.

4. Easy Aloha Overnight Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

Bowl of chia pudding topped with raspberries, dried coconut and mango.
Photo & recipe by Cuisine and Travel

Chia overnight bowls are a great way to make breakfasts on the go. Prep in under 10 minutes and then let sit in the fridge overnight.

The Aloha overnight chia pudding is packed with nutrients, muddled fruit and hemp seeds. Use your favourite fruit and milk (coconut & oat are our favourite milks to use).

These road trip breakfast ideas and recipes would work well for your vacation too.

5. Breakfast Cookies – 6 Ways

Stack of 7 breakfast cookies on wooden counter.
Recipe & photo by Raising Generation Nourished

My kids love having cookies for breakfast. These healthier versions are super tasty, hearty and also happen to be gluten-free, dairy free and soy free.

With flavours like Almond Raisin, Apricot Pistachio, and Banana Walnut, there’s something for everyone. We like to add chocolate chips..because who doesn’t like chocolate for breakfast. Make ahead & take a bunch for your trip.

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6. Easy Breakfast Sliders

Hand holding a breakfast slider with a Hawaiian Roll, bacon, eggs and cheese.
Photo & recipe by The Cookin’ Chicks

Sliders aren’t just for dinner! A perfect make ahead meal loaded with bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheese on a delicious Hawaiian Roll.

The best part, you can make a pan of them at a time.

7. Maple Pecan Granola

A kid's hand holding a bit of homemade granola over a mason jar of granola.
Recipe & photo by Served from Scratch

While we sometimes just bring store bought granola on trips if I’m short on time, nothing beats homemade granola.

This combo of maple and pecan is outstanding.

Grab ideas for easy vacation dinners here too!

8. Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Rectangular dish of sausage, egg, hashbrown casserole cut into squares.
Recipe and photo by Get Inspired Everyday

A delicious sausage, hashbrown casserole, perfect for cool weather trips, fall vacations, or anytime you need to fuel up for a busy day.

There’s also make-ahead and overnight options to make this casserole recipe even easier.

9. Carrot Cake Baked Oats

Square of carrot cake baked oats on a plate.
Photo & recipe by Tasha’s Artisan Food

Carrot Cake baked oats….sign me up!

Easy to make ahead, and meal prep for your next holiday, it’s packed with carrots, walnuts, oats and spiced with cinnamon and ginger. Oats, only better.

This would make a tasty travel snack too, for other times of the day.

10. Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins

Plate piled with spinach and cheese egg muffins.
Photo & recipe by A Cedar Spoon

In our family, we bring egg muffins everywhere; camping, vacation rentals, road trips, picnics, brunches you name it. It’s the perfect hand sized food to eat on the go. And even my youngest daughter who’s not a fan of eggs will eat them.

While these Egg Muffins have spinach & peppers, they’re really versatile. Just add whatever add-ins you prefer to the basic egg muffin recipe.

11. Almond Halawa Croissants

A pan of three Indian spiced almond croissants.
Photo & recipe by Masala & Chai

An ingenious fusion of almond halwa, a classic Indian spiced cream dessert, with your favourite ready made croissants.

This would be an amazing breakfast to celebrate a special occasion while away.

12. Cottage Cheese & Fruit Bowls

3 cottage cheese bowls, topped with walnuts, strawberries and blueberries.
Recipe & photo by The Feathered Nester

Cottage Cheese bowls with fruit are a super easy vacation breakfast. With only a few ingredients; berries, walnuts and cottage cheese, it makes for a quick meal or snack. We love raspberries drizzled with a bit of honey.

These are also a favourite for camping breakfasts & snacks in our family.

13. Yogurt Granola Cups

Homemade granola cups filled with yogurt, blueberries and nuts.
Recipe & photo by The Bonnie Fig

These crunchy yogurt granola cups make a delicious base for your favourite morning toppings such as yogurt, fruit or nuts.

Make a bunch ahead of time, and pull them out for the kids, to fill with theire favourite berries, and yogurt.

14. Egg In A Hole

Plate of egg in a hole with strawberries, and avocado slices.
Recipe & photo by Champagne Tastes

What could be more fun for the kids (and adults), then classic toad in the hole.

We like to pair it with a fresh fruit salad for a balanced breakfast, and one of the easiest meals.

15. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip French Toast Bake

A square of pumpkin french toast bake on a plate.
Recipe & photo by Lauren Fit Foodie

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip French Toast Bake is the ultimate fall breakfast recipe you can make anytime you’re missing the pumkin spice season.

All you need is 10 minutes to prep, and tastes even better if you prep the night before and cook in the morning.

16. Oven Baked Hashbrowns

Muffin shaped baked hashbrowns.
Photo & recipe by Delicious Table

I don’t know about you, but crispy hashbrowns make every breakfast just better for me.

And this hashbrowns recipe baked in a muffin tin makes things so much easier. Add a little parmesan and green onions, and I dare you to only eat one.

17. Grab & Go Breakfast Ideas

Snacks for camping, road trips, vacation meals and breakfast

The fun thing about being on vacation is it allows us to eat foods we wouldn’t normally eat at home.

We like to bring a mix of quick pre-packaged or store bought breakfasts to go along with our healthier home cooked meals.

One of my favorite things to do is to hit up the local grocery store to see what they have. And intersperse visits to local restaurants, with making meals with simple ingredients in our rental kitchens. 

Here are a few grab and go breakfast ideas:

  • Bakery pasteries or muffins
  • Cut up fruit (melons, strawberries, grapes etc.)
  • Granola
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Granola Bars
  • Breakfast Bars / Cereal Bars
  • Yogurt Cups or Tubes
  • Pepperoni & Cheese Sticks
  • Mug omelets
  • Bottled Smoothies
  • Frozen Pancakes
  • Smoothies in a Bottle

You may also like these fun road trip snack recipes, also fun for vacation rentals, cabins, cottages and more.

18. Chicken-Apple Sausage Breakfast Burritos

Two halves of apple sausage breakfast burrito  piled on a plate.
Recipe & photo by Two Healthy Kitchens

Any recipe I can make ahead and freeze is a bonus.

These chicken, apple, sausage burritos are as tasty as they are convenient. Stuffed with fluffy eggs, sausage, and butternut squash it’s an ideal way to fuel your family for the day.

19. Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Stack of fluffly buttermilk pancakes with strawberries and syrup.
Photo & recipe by Fit Mama Real Food

Pancakes are a tradition in our household, and I can’t remember the last time we stayed at a summer cottage without making them.

These fluffy homemade pancakes with whole wheat flour with buttermilk are just the thing to whip up on a lazy vacation morning.

To make things easier, I’ll usually mix all my dry ingredients together and label the bag / container with the wet proportions that need to be added. That way I don’t have to bring a full complement of staples with me.

20. Healthy Breakfast Plate

Plate with boiled eggs on toast, avocado slices, slices of cucumbers, feta & hard cheese slices.

Think of this healthy breakfast plate as a charcuterie board, but for breakfast.

So easy to add your favourite bites; boiled eggs, toasted almonds, hearty bread, cheese (to your liking), fruits & veggies. Whatever you and your kids like.

Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated to be tasty.

21. Pancake Mix Muffins (3 Flavors, 1 Pan!)

Muffin tin, with rows of pancake mix muffins with chocolate chips, next row blueberries, next row strawberries.
Photo & Recipe by On My Kid’s Plate

This recipe using pancake mix for muffins is genius! Especially if you want everyone to wake up to the smell of muffins baking, without the hassle of mixing everything from scratch.

Or just make ahead. The flavour combinations are endless.

22. Easy Curry Tofu Scramble

breakfast plate of curry tofu scrmble with peppers, and toast and hashbrowns on the side.
Photo & recipe by Naturallie Plant Based

In my 20’s I had a partner who was vegetarian his whole life, so I learned to make a lot of tasty vegetarian recipes from him and his family.

Tofu scramble was always our favourite for breakfast. Curry really flavors this dish, making it a high protein, filling and tasty way to start your day. I like to pile it on a piece of hearty bread / toast.

23. Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Slice of Buttermilk Coffee cake on a plate, with tea cups, and window looking outside in background.
Photo & recipe by Of Batter and Dough

Ok, can there be anything more decadent than a piece of coffee cake and cup of coffee on the porch for breakfast? I think not!

Soft, tender, and fluffy cake, baked with a swirl of cinnamon sugar and a chewy, nutty streusel crust for a perfect, memorable vacation breakfast.

24. Sausage & Cheese Crescent Squares

Square of sausage and cheese casserole with flaky pasty on a plate with blackberries and strawberries.
Photo & recipe by Grits and Gouda

Sausage & Cheese Cresecent Squares with only 3 ingredients, is so quick to whip up.

With savoury sausage, and creamy cheese inbetween flaky pre-made pastry, it may just become your family’s favorite breakfast casserole.

25. Frittata

Plate with 3 pieces of frittata with parsley, cheese & tomatoes
Photo & recipe by Wholesome Yum

Frittatas our our go to for a quick and easy meal, any time of day.

We find they’re the perfect way to use up leftover veggies, meat & cheese in the fridge. Plus they’re quick to prep as they don’t have a crust like quiche.

26. English Muffin Breakfast Casserole

Glass pan of sausage, bacon, cheese over English Muffins casserole.
Photo & recipe by Chew Out Loud

What turns this hearty, make-ahead English Muffin Breakfast Casserole recipe into something even more special, is the added creamy, spicy added mixture of eggs, yogurt, and chopped jalapenos.

Along with the sausage, bacon, and cheese melty ooey goodness over the English Muffins. Yum!

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