As excited as I am about moving into our new home this coming week, I am also emotional saying aloha to our first home in Hawai'i.
Our hotel came with a kitchenette and washer/dryer which were a huge blessing. Here are some things that helped our six week stay feel more like "home" and some I wish I would've known before we started this adventure. I hope you find them helpful!
In California, we had a water machine that was one of the best investment's versus buying bottled water. It saved time (trips to the store) and was cheaper than buying by the case. Undoubtedly, upon moving into the hotel, we knew that another purchase like this had to be made in order to drink our tasty water we are snobbishly used to having. Space is limited in a hotel room. And a machine like the one we had in California takes up too much room. We thought about buying a filter to install over the faucet in the kitchen but even that took up too much bulk in a shallow sink. So we went with this...
I'm a Costco member who thoroughly enjoys the 1% kickback each year which usually equals the amount it cost's to pay for a membership. I found they had the best value for this particular pitcher. It came with two extra filter's (sweet!) and was $29.99. I love this thing.
Aroma Slow Cooker
So glad we decided to buy this the first week! Rice is a staple in Hawai'i and a huge hit as a side dish in our family. I've also become a huge fan of crock pot meals but couldn't pack ours in a suitcase nor would I pay to have it shipped. So when I searched for a rice cooker, the Aroma rice/slow cooker made sense. It is small, and easily stored in a cabinet and out of the way. Though it doesn't usually make it there because we use it almost every day. You can use it to slow cook meats, then cook any rice while steaming vegetables. How handy is that?! I'd love to write a post about all the meals you can make with this and might some day. But, for now you could enjoy the handy recipe book included in the box for planning your first meals. There is a ton of easy recipes inside that are ingredient and utensil friendly enough for a limited kitchen supply.
I saw a Mom with this in the elevator and immediately wished I would've thought to buy this earlier in our stay. We might still for as much traveling we do.(Luggage cart's were our means of hauling) This wagon is totally convenient for hauling groceries, kids, misc. item's. Or a parent that never has enough arms to carry it all in one trip. The wagon folds easily into tight spaces (like a hotel closet, or under a bed) and when I saw there was "No assembly required" that equals a win in my book.
Some things I brought from home that help in hotel living:
1. Extra towels/Large beach towels
2. Extension cord for electronics
3. Extra batteries for electronics
4. Favorite kitchen spatula
5. Antibacterial hand soap for kitchen and bathroom
6. Disinfectant cleaning wipes for kitchen and bathroom
7. Flushable (septic friendly) wipes
8. Ziploc box of sandwich bags
9. Water container's for adults & kids - easy to grab and no need to purchase water bottles.
10. ... one more thing.... don't forget the wine! R. E. L. A. X. this too shall pass. Enjoy your stay!
Our journey still continues as we move onto the next chapter of living in Hawai'i. Starting next week we move out of our beloved hotel room and into the new Casa de Murrieta. We have an air mattress, and the items we packed in our suitcases. This won't exactly be the most comfortable living but it won't be the worse either. Mid July we will fly back to California, pack up our house and ship it all back to Hawai'i. We will still have a few days of air mattress sleep and paper plates until our household item's make it to the island. Hallelujah, the home stretch is in sight and we are almost there!