Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's Time to Hit the Road #ChurchandDwight {giveaway}

All packed up and heading to the cottage, last Canada Day.
I love a good road trip. Even when I was a kid and feeling sick in the back seat, I still enjoyed the changing scenery and the anticipation of reaching our destination. It may take longer than the plane, but a road trip is an adventure in itself, a wonderful way to experience the world around you at your own pace. And I think that's part of it - the best road trips are ones where you can take your time and stop at a flea market or local attraction if you feel like it. Have a map and a plan, but be prepared for spontaneous pitstops!

Not sure where you want to go? Here are three great adventures to get your mind wandering and maybe inspire your next trip: Quebec City, Haliburton and Tofino. Not sure what each has to offer? Read more below!

1. Tofino, British Columbia. Looking for something truly picturesque? Head to Canada’s surf capital – Tofino. Get your family on a ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo and drive along the Pacific Rim Highway for a truly breathtaking view of mountains and lakes, along with rainforest. The area is also known for its trees, which grow to spectacular sizes. Some trees are believed to be 1000 years old.

2. Haliburton, Ontario. Truly the quintessential summer escape from the big city, you’ll practically feel the stress lifting as you start driving into cottage country. There are several scenic route options, dotted with great ice cream parlours along the way, which all lead to good times ahead. Whether you stay for the day or rent a cottage, you’ll want to make sure you stop at Webers in Orillia, a Canadian burger landmark since 1963.

3. Quebec City, Quebec. Whatever direction you’re coming in from, stop in a few francophone villages on your way into the old city to soak up the culture, food and French! Making your way through the beautiful and lush countryside, you’ll be thrilled to arrive at your final destination: old Quebec City, a city full of history, architecture, cobble stone streets and endless charm.

My dream road trip is to rent an RV and head West. I'd love to take a month or more and drive through Northern Ontario, the Prairies and BC. Boo has never seen the Rockies, and I know he'd love Drumheller, AB, with all its dinosaurs and history. I'd like to experience the drive through the flatness of Saskatchewan. Being from extremely hilly St. John's, I was floored by the flatness of Saskatoon when I was there for a conference. I can't imagine how I'd react to that landscape outside the city! It's all about experiencing different things and getting to know our country.

But, before you head out on a great adventure, you have to make sure you’re well prepared, especially when kids are involved – you know, less “are we there yet?” and more “wow, this is amazing!” You’ll always want to pack things like a GPS system, snacks, sunscreen, and sun protection, first aid supplies and good music.

Here are some very practical products to put in your travel toolkit.

GRAVOL™ Natural Source™ Ginger Lozenges – curb motion sickness for you and your kids (over the age of six) with these chewable lozenges – convenient, portable and no water required! GRAVOLTM Kids Quick Dissolve Chewables are a great option for your little ones two years and over.

OxiClean™ Foam Pretreat – spills and stains are bound to happen on road trips, treat them the day they happen and then throw the item in the wash a few days later when you make it to your destination.

ORAJEL™ Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste 119g, in either Super Mario™ or The Ultimate Spider-ManTM or My Little Pony™ – with road trips come snacks and fast food so ensuring your little ones are brushing is of the upmost importance.

Vitafusion™ Women’s and Men’s Complete Multivitamins – are geared towards providing essential nutrients specifically needed by men and women to maintain their health, in a tasty gummy that you can take without water, perfect for on-the-go.

A Giveaway

One lucky RMB reader will receive a Church & Dwight prize pack containing OxiClean, Orajel, and Vitafusion product, and valued at approximately $50. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm EDT, August 3. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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