Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Travel Essentials #PGmom #Giveaway

Summer weather is finally here! After a long winter of ice storms, snow and freezing COLD temperatures, it's time to crack out sunscreen, sandals and swimsuits.

My favourite place to be in the summer is my family's cottage on Rice Lake, about an hour's drive from Toronto. This past weekend, my Mom and I took Hannah up to the cottage and she loved it. She kicked off her shoes to run in the grass, watched ducks swim in the lake and explored our back lot which she called "The Jungle".  Like most toddlers, Hannah repeats stories all the time and the past few days all she's been asking is to go back to "The Jungle".

The view from our cottage

Whether you are headed to a cottage or going on a day trip, Summer is filled with time in the car and P&G has some tips to keep everyone clean and happy for the ride.

Take time to prep
  • Dedicate time well before departure to plan your pack—yes plan. Check the weather forecast, ensure flight times are accurate, check construction and closures and find alternative routes to make a realistic travel route to get you there on time. If flying, remember to double check what you can bring in your carry-on to avoid anything being thrown out.
  • Avoid the morning of mad dash to gather all necessary toiletries and invest in a travel set of essentials.  Do you need a full size shampoo and conditioner for the family to share, or can you use the adorable mini travel-sized items, like the super cute and convenient mini Scope Outlast to maintain fresh breath on the go? If you have essentials you just can’t duplicate, like an electronic toothbrush, add them to your last minute pack list.

Make a list, check it twice
  • If heading on a road trip, packing the family and your trip essentials can mean a tightly packed car. Making a check list of what you really need will help eliminate those “nice to have” items that will overflow the car.
  • Involve the kids – throughout the week have the kids write down items they use in the day on a chalk or white board in a central location (i.e. kitchen fridge). At the end of the week, go through the list together and narrow it down to the must haves. You may be surprised by some of the things you use daily!

To pack it right, pack it light!
  • The lighter the better! We know packing with kids and pets it may be difficult to live by this mantra, however keeping things light and simple leaves room for souvenirs.
  • Downsize by bringing items that have more uses than one. Bring Pampers Sensitive wipes – they work wonders for baby’s bottom and do double duty by wiping faces  clean of juice spills and other sticky messes. Be sure to have Puffs Basic Tissues on hand to aid in the unexpected clean up!
  •  Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets are a great static solution on the go. Rub along your electric-charged clothing item to help remove pesky static!
  • When packing clothing, try rolling versus folding. It often helps keep things less-wrinkled and can save space in your suitcase. And to keep everything smelling fresh, longer, spray the inside of your suit case with Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength.

Car essentials
  • It’s easy to get tempted by road side stops for fries and ice cream, which can add up and increase your budget. Try bringing cut fruit, veggies and bags of trail mix to help curb everyone’s appetite! And don’t worry about the mess, Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels are perfect for spills and sticky fingers.
  • Bathroom pit stops can often be annoying if certain amenities are missing – don’t leave the house without bringing your own Charmin Basic so you’re always fresh and comfortable. Keep your mouth feeling fresh too by bringing Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush and ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss so you can head back into the car feeling rejuvenated, ready for the next leg of the trip.
  • Long car rides can often result in smells you’d wish you left at home. With leftover snacks sitting around, get rid of the odours by using a Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener to keep your vehicle fresh for hours and hours.

Safety first
  • Always remember to bring a first aid kit. No one wants to get sick on vacation so be prepared for everything that may get thrown your way. From cuts, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!

One lucky YYZ Bambina reader will win top P&G essentials for any travel vacation this summer. This giveaway includes:


By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada excluding Quebec. Valid entries only. Contest ends June 30th, 2014. For further contest rules, refer to the Terms and Conditions within the Rafflecopter.

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Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.  

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61 comments:

  1. Danielle6/12/2014

    Unfortunately I don't drive so I can't roadtrip. I will be plane-tripping to Jamaica in a week and a bit :)

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  2. Potentially road tripping to Port Dover, or Pennsylvania

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  3. Im hoping to camp in a treehouse.

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  4. We are road tripping to PEI to go camping.

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  5. We are going to PEI for a camping trip

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  6. We are heading Jasper and Calgary/Banff over the summer

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  7. We are taking a 3 day getaway for our anniversary, going to Centerville and the Safari and we have a family reunion lined up!

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  8. Going to Jacksons point

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  9. Just road tripping back and forth to our trailer in Grand Bend. (Judy Cowan)

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  10. We are going up-island for a short road trip up-island of about 4hrs.


    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  11. Just locally - up to Whistler this weekend.

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  12. Going to visit friends

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  13. We will hopefully be visiting family in Montreal.

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  14. We are going to go canoeing.

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  15. No road trips planned yet.

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  16. I hope to go to Saint Andrews.

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  17. Victoria Ess6/13/2014

    We are going to go to Tobermory.

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  18. I just plan on taking local day trips this summer.

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  19. We don't have any plans yet.

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  20. Unfortunately, I'm heading to the Kootenays to scatter my dad's ashes in his hometown :(

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  21. We are taking a road trip to Niagara Falls with some relatives from Scotland. Should be fun.

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  22. our plans were to go across country, but looks like we are just going to visit calgary and edmonton and a camping trip this year

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  23. I am going to see my family they are 16 hours away

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  24. Nothing major, just short little day trips along Lake Superior (Canadian side).

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  25. We are planning to go to Yellowstone Park this year for some camping!

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  26. We aren't sure life gets so busy

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  27. we have a few small road trips planned , niagara falls and a few other places

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  28. Heading to PEI for one trip and maybe across the province to St. Johns

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  29. Not sure if my post went through. We are going to PEI and maybe across the province to St. John's.

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  30. I might be going on a girls' weekend with my best friend but we haven't sorted out the dates yet (Suzi)

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  31. Nope, no road trips at all. Just hanging out at home.

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  32. I plan on going to Niagara Falls and Crystal Beach to see family & have fun.

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  33. No road trip for us this summer

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  34. We'll be going to Banff and Jasper on road trips.

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  35. Dreena6/16/2014

    At the end of summer we may do a road trip into the US - Idaho and/or Washington State.
    Cheers.

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  36. We are heading to Oregon this summer

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  37. Ottawa and possibly London, ON

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  38. We will be going to Michigan this summer

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  39. we are going camping,and maybe a short vacatiom.
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  40. cheryl6/16/2014

    probably staying local

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  41. I have a special camping trip coming up with a very special someone. :)

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  42. I am going camping with a very special someone and looking forward to it very much!

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  43. We are going to the Oregon Coast this summer.

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  44. I am going to Lake Huron but next week a place called Egbert. lol

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  45. We just got back from Jasper.

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  46. we will be going to montreal

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  47. taking my sons camping and checking out some fabulous hiking trails and water parks..yay

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  48. sarah sar6/18/2014

    Yes, we will a going camping up north if that counts as a road trip lol

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  49. To see family across the province

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  50. Anonymous6/21/2014

    Will be travelling to visit family and will be camping and do some day trips.
    Florence C

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  51. I'm going to be traveling north of Brampton; haven't picked a place, just going to explore little towns and decide on a whim where to stay. Spontaneous :)

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  52. We'll be camping all over the province!

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  53. we're not going anywhere

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  54. We'll probably be driving to the west coast.

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  55. maybe - camping! Not far though

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  56. eleanor6/29/2014

    Just to Niagara Falls.

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  57. Road Trip far away to see Friends!

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  58. Road trip far away to see Friends!

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  59. Chris Stockford6/30/2014

    Road Trip to see Friends

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