Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Travel Essentials from P&G #PGMom {Giveaway}

We just got back from our first road trip of the summer! On Saturday we headed 3 and a half hours north to attend a mini-reunion with a few of Hubs's best friends from high school. We had a really super time, but I had to work a bit to get my head back into how to pack for such an adventure. We had to pack for three scenarios - the actual road trip, the outdoors party/BBQ, and the night at a B&B.

Water, snacks and entertainment were needed for the car. Three and a half hours is a long time for Boo, so we took the van, with the DVD player. Drinks and chairs and warmer clothes for evening; bug spray; sunscreen; the appetizers (our assigned contribution to the meal); hats; flashlights; camera. Did we miss anything? And of course the overnight stuff and toiletries for the B&B. I decided to make a list so I wouldn't forget anything. And also so I wouldn't start throwing random things in the car at the last minute. I hate over-packing.

Next weekend I'm heading a couple of hours north again. But this time it's just me and Boo, and we'll be camping (so tents and sleeping bags). We also are in charge of dinner for about 25-30 people Saturday night, so I have to plan and bring a big meal. The fact that I'll be driving my hatchback and not the van has me a little concerned about space. I'll have to be extra careful about what we do and don't bring! But we are really looking forward to three nights and four days with this amazing group of friends. It's an annual tradition.
Can't forget the inner tubes.

There's a lot more day trips planned for this summer, as well as a couple of weeks home in Newfoundland, as always. What about you? Do you have any summer travel plans? What kind of a packer are you? Last minute? Planned out? Stressed out? P&G has these tips to share to help make your summer travel a little more organised, clean and stress-free.

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 alternate 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 ($2.99*) 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 (e.g., 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 ($3.99*) – 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 ($5.99*) on hand to aid in the unexpected clean up!
  • Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets ($8.99*) 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 ($2.99*).
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 ($3.49*) 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 ($4.99*) so you’re always fresh and comfortable. Keep your mouth feeling fresh too by bringing Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush ($7.99*) and ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss ($3.99*) so you can head back into the car feeling rejuvenated and 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 ($3.99*) 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 and bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!
This is what I have to work with this weekend - tent, air mattresses, sleeping bags, coolers ....
Think I can do it?

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive a package containing all of the products mentioned in this post! These P&G essentials are perfect for any family travel you have coming up this summer. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, July 12. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.By entering this 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/#mamanPG 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.

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