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Most extended-stay apartments come equipped with all the appliances and kitchen supplies you need to make a meal. Getting the groceries for cooking in your extended stay is another issue, however.

Some corporate housing providers offer grocery service. All, of course, will be able to direct you to the nearest market or grocery store. Either way, what should you pick up to be able to make breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your extended-stay kitchen?

Essential Grocery List for an Extended Stay

apples and bananas in a bowl on a counter

Print this list or copy it to your phone and take it with you to the grocery store:


  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Tomatoes


  • Spinach
  • Lettuce (romaine is versatile and keeps well)
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli or carrots


  • Eggs
  • Deli meat such as turkey
  • Chicken breasts
  • Tofu or tempeh for vegetarians


  • Whole wheat bread
  • Pasta such as fettuccini
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Coffee
  • Tortillas
  • Olive oil
  • Soups
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit such as raisins
  • Salad dressing (or red-wine or balsamic vinegar)


  • Mustard or mayonnaise
  • Salsa
  • Italian blend dried herbs
  • Pasta sauce


  • Milk
  • Cheese (for sandwiches, salads, and pasta)
  • Yogurt

Cooking in Your Extended Stay: Quick and Easy Meals

Just with this essential grocery list, you can make yourself:

For Breakfast

  • Yogurt with blueberries (in a smoothie if you have a blender)
  • Banana or apple
  • Oatmeal with raisins
  • Scrambled eggs or an omelet
  • And coffee, of course!

For Lunch

  • Sandwich with soup or salad
  • Chicken quesadillas with Mexican rice
  • Turkey wrap with apple slices

For Dinner

  • Pasta with mushrooms, spinach, peppers, and grated cheese
  • Grilled chicken over herbed rice with steamed broccoli or carrots
  • Salad with fresh vegetables (with the salad dressing; or mix the olive oil, vinegar, and herbs)

For Snacking

  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Broccoli spears or carrot sticks

As you can see, a relatively short essential grocery list can get you all you need to make a variety of meals for any time of the day. With this grocery list – and the appliances and supplies provided in your extended-stay kitchen – you’ll be well-fueled during your business trip, relocation, or out-of-town project.


What Appliances and Supplies to Expect in an Extended-Stay Kitchen

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