One thing you may want to consider is your beach vacation rental selection. If you elect to rent an Orange Beach condo or a Gulf Shores beach house, it will come with a fully equipped kitchen so meals can be prepared at your home-away-from-home. Pack a small cooler of condiments, kitchen staples and even a bag of your favorite seasonings so you can eliminate those items from your grocery list once you arrive. Some other necessities you many want to consider packing, and that don’t take up a lot of space, are garbage bags, Ziploc bags, aluminum foil and detergent pods.
If you’re looking forward to cooking more often than dining out, consider utilizing services including grocery delivery or curbside pickup. Ordering groceries and necessities online can eliminate the temptations for unnecessary spending while stocking up for the week. While Walmart and Publix both offer either grocery delivery or pickup, you can also ask your vacation rental management company if they offer a grocery delivery service or concierge. This will help you save money and time.
Research restaurants for happy hours and early-bird specials. Many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach restaurants offer great deals if you arrive after lunch but before the dinner rush. This will also eliminate long wait times during popular dinner times. Take a look at the Eat Your Way directory for information on options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything between.