Fussy eater packs entire suitcase with £300 of food for two-week holiday - and brings his own grill

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A man, known for his particular eating habits, spends an additional £300 to bring his own food on holiday, despite his wife shelling out £1,400 for all-inclusive vacations. John Phillips fills a suitcase with Pot Noodles, crisps, biscuits and sausages to ensure he can savour 'good old-fashioned English' meals while overseas.

His wife, Rebecca Phillips, started packing food for her husband three years ago when he would only eat chips during their international trips. The mother of one then began increasing the variety of items she'd pack for her selective spouse - stuffing an entire suitcase with sweets, chocolate bars, porridge pots and packets of sausages and bacon for their fortnight-long excursions.

They even include a George Foreman grill in their checked luggage so that lorry driver trainer John can relish bacon and sausage sandwiches while away. On last year's trip to Egypt, the couple carried 21 Pot Noodles, 86 bags of crisps, two packets of bacon, a pack of 30 sausages, cans of tuna, a block of cheese and brown sauce.

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To cater to the 40-year-old's sweet cravings, Rebecca also packed 30 Club Biscuit bars, 16 bags of sweets and breakfast bars. The hefty stash, including the fee to check in another suitcase, cost the family an extra £300 on top of the £1,400 bill for the all-inclusive holiday.

Rebecca, a 29-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, doesn't mind the extra luggage her husband insists on bringing for their holidays, as she believes the trip wouldn't be enjoyable if he wasn't eating. Despite often dining alone, she supports her hubby's need for familiar foods, including his all-inclusive trips motivated by 'free beer', reports Wales Online.

She explained: "I go on holiday and I eat anything, but he just won't. He's always been that way. When we first met and we first started going away, he would just eat chips. Then we started taking stuff on holiday with us and it just accumulated."

Explaining the evolution of their travel dining habits, Rebecca said: "He loves food, but because he's fussy, he doesn't eat it and I don't like going away with somebody who can't enjoy the food like I do. So we started bringing just Pot Noodles at first then it just became sweets, chocolate bars, breakfast bars and 86 packets of crisps for two weeks."

They've even started transporting meat to ensure John has his preferred meals: "Then we started bringing meat with us. We put ice packs in food containers and put the meat in. We didn't know if it would work, but it did. When we got the food out after the flight, it was still really cold."

John, a self-confessed picky eater since childhood, has a penchant for 'good old-fashioned English' food and prefers to bring his own rather than search for suitable options abroad. He shared: "I like my home comforts when I go abroad. So instead of searching for decent food, I'll just take my own food with me.

"I've always been a fussy eater, I don't eat much veg at all. I like good old-fashioned English food, chips, sausage and gravy - that sort of stuff. A full suitcase will normally last us, but we can run out a day or two before. It's an expenditure, but you normally spend money on your weekly shop anyway when you're back in England.

"I'm only interested in the free beer at the all-inclusive, the food doesn't really matter to me. Why go on holiday and worry about the food when I can take it with me?"

Rebecca said: "He's just so fussy with his food, even in the UK. It's just easier to eat in than go out for food, he's always been like it. It doesn't annoy me. I love food and I love cooking food, so the fact he's happy with something he'll enjoy, I prefer that.

"It was more me who said 'let's take this [on holiday]' and it just accumulated. I wouldn't enjoy the holiday if he wasn't eating. He will only eat the food we've brought. If he comes down to the hotel restaurant with me, he might pick at some bread.

"We've been on boat trips before and I've taken a Pot Noodle with us. I think the only downfall is eating on your own. It's just a normal lifestyle to us now. I don't think he'll change, this is it now."

Rebecca posted a video on her TikTok page showing the suitcase full of food items she takes on their three annual trips abroad, which has been viewed over 200,000 times. Rebecca commented: "In the TikTok comments, they were just calling him a child."

"But some people were really impressed with it and said they need to know the trick with the ice packs. People laugh at it, they can't believe it."