GIVEAWAY: Summer Travel Essentials


Summer is finally here and many of us are heading to the beach or pool. We want to chill out and enjoy this beautiful weather for once, after all we waited all winter for it. For my family summer means lots of road trips, day trips and family time. No matter how hard I try, I often forget something at home. Just in time for summer my friends at P& G sent this,

A list of our top summer travel tips and tricks.

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 miniScope 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!

These tips were very handy when I recently went to Mexico. I also never leave home without a first aid kit, I have them in various sizes 🙂 
Giveaway time

I have a fabulous giveaway for a lucky Canadian reader valued at $50. Fill out the form below to enter. Good luck

The products in this package include 



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/#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.


  1. tanyab79 says

    Plan visiting family in Ottawa and possibly in London, ON

  2. Amy Heffernan says

    We are going on our annual road trip to beautiful northern bay sands

  3. We are speeding our summer camping, which is always a huge hit with the entire family. We're also going to take the kids to the Royal BC Museum for the first time. So Excited 🙂

  4. Currently going through a check list for a trip to Niagara Falls next week! Thanks for the great tips!

  5. Elaine G says

    I'm staying home this summer. Get some swimming in and do some reading. Fix the gardens as well.

  6. This is an awesome giveaway 🙂 thank you for the opportunity bring on summer 😀

  7. Kayla Gilbert says

    I'm planning on going to the family cottage this Summer for the first time in over 2 years.

  8. I am most looking forward to winning the febreeze car vent air freshner 🙂

  9. edmontonjb says

    We are heading to Calgary/Banff for one road trip and Jasper for another…can't wait!


  10. @mongupp says

    Going on a mums and tots camp to Jacksons Point

  11. julie bolduc says

    Humm we arnt sure I think we are going on a camping trip

  12. kristen v says

    we are not going to be driving to far cause i will be 8-9 months pregnant but we are planning on going to the toronto zoo, to collingwood and my moms cottage 🙂

  13. We are taking our grandkids up-island; its about a 4 hour drive! Can't wait!

  14. stephen gordon says

    Lake Scugog is always a great day for me and my Lovely wife.

  15. I'm looking forward to trying the Scope Outlast!

  16. Linda Szymoniak says

    Well, I'll be doing two weekend trips with my daughter – back-to-back weekends, so it's going to be really hard, since I drive all night to get there and do the same coming home. I'll only have three nights' sleep at home between the trips, too. Baltimore is about 12 hours each way for us and Dallas is closer to 16. My mini-van is going to get a workout in those 11 days, that's for sure.

  17. Jennifer P. says

    We are planning a road trip down the Oregon Coast (from Vancouver).

  18. Erika birrell says

    We are taking a road trip from Alberta to Ontario for our wedding, then on to Quebec!!

  19. Sunshine G says

    We're headed to Whistler on a road trip tomorrow.

  20. Cassey C says

    We are planning to visit Niagara falls.

  21. Victoria Ess says

    We plan on driving to Tobermory

  22. Anu Chopra says

    We are planning a trip to Sauble Beach this summer!

  23. dorcontest says

    We plan on taking a 4 week road trip this summer. It will be last minute and go where you feel like. I love those.

  24. I am going to Montreal. Its not a Road Trip, but Im really looking forward to it!!

  25. Im looking forward to the Pampers Sensitive wipes.

  26. We just plan on swimming in our pool this summer.

  27. Christina Ferguson says

    I am working all summer but we are planning a couple of weekend stays in Long Beach on Vancouver Island.

  28. Carey Hurst says

    Going to road trip to Timmons come hell or high water, going to visit my dad. Plus want to get across the border to a few Amusement parks 🙂

  29. Elva Roberts says

    I'm afraid that we won't be going on any trips this summer as my husband is not well and we are trying to find out exactly what is the problem with his health.

  30. Karen E. Hill says

    Trying to plan a road trip to PEI. Love to see past Montreal which is the farthest East I have been

  31. angela m says

    We are planning a road trip to PEI for a camping trip

  32. My boyfriend , our friend and I are traveling from Riverview, New-Brunswick to Toronto to go to Canada's Wonderland for are first times ! 🙂

  33. I really would love to win this for the snorkeling set !

  34. Florence c says

    Traveling to spend time with my son and his family and my daughter.

  35. hmrcarlson says

    We will probably be heading to Montreal to visit family.

  36. hmrcarlson says

    I am keen to try the dryer sheets.

  37. We plan on going to Niagara Falls

  38. We are planning on going to the PlayLand and the night market.

  39. I am interested in the febreeze products.

  40. Doris Calvert says

    We are going to Banff and Jasper for our usual stay and then on to Penticton

  41. Doris Calvert says

    I think I would like the Charmin the most

  42. Christine says

    We are planning on taking my son to "Day out with Thomas the train" and staying overnight!

  43. I plan on taking local day trips to visit farmer's markets etc.

  44. We are planning a road trip to Yellowstone Park this summer! I am looking forward to it!

  45. angela mitchell says

    We are planning on a two week vacation to the Oregon Coast and the Great Wolf Lodge.

  46. Monique L.S. says

    We will be taking a road trip to Niagara Falls.

  47. Checking out Niagara Falls this summer.

  48. soha molina says

    We plan a road trip o the north.

  49. butterflyamyc says

    We are planning to go canoeing.

  50. Jeannie Lam says

    We are planning to do a staycation this summer and be a tourist in our own city.

  51. Going to visit my sister in Ontario!

  52. Alyssa C says

    Heading to Saskatchewan for a week of camping!

  53. looking as tho we may be doing just the camping trip

  54. seham merzib says

    Im trying to plan to go to Australia

  55. Road trip to Vancouver for my bestie's wedding!

  56. Were planning on going t the erie county fair in the states this week.

  57. lyndac1968 says

    We probably won't be going anywhere just staying home and relaxing

  58. lyndac1968 says

    I would like the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength

  59. Judy C(Judy Cowan) says

    We have a trailer set up on a seasonal lot so we will be having a staycation there!

  60. Todd R.J. Cooper says


  61. My road trip for this summer was flying to Calgary and driving my daughters car to Waterloo in 2 days for her as she moved back this summer. That was road trip enough this year!


  63. mrdisco1 says

    staycation for me. hopefully check out the new outlet mall in Niagara

  64. Florence C says

    Flying out west to Edmonton and going camping.

  65. A road trip to Alberta to camp.

  66. holly ogorman says

    My daughter and I had a staycation at the beach just last week!

  67. I'm going on a girls' weekend with my best friend

  68. we plan on going camping ,and maybe a short vacation.

  69. I look forward to the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength the most

  70. I iool forward to trying the ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss

  71. Terri O'Donnell says

    We plan on having a road trip to Ontario to visit some family and see some different places

  72. We'll be going on a road trip to my cousins.

  73. stephy905 says

    I plan on going to Niagara Falls

  74. stephy905 says

    I'm most looking forward to the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  75. Elaine Buonsante says

    Our holiday this summer will take use through the Canadian Rockies. Along the way we will visit friends and family.

  76. Sherry K says

    We plan on going to Montreal this summer

  77. Carol Denny says

    Going to the family cottage for 2 weeks this summer.

  78. SweetPanda says

    We are planning to go to Ford Museum in Michigan this summer

  79. We are planning many road trips to the zoo this summer

  80. I was interested in trying the car vent clip. Even with air conditioning the van gets stinky- little kid sandals are the worst!
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  81. Barbara Hutcheson says

    ******our family is planning a road trip to the cottage in Collingwood this summer.

  82. Aucun grand déplacement cette année, mais plusieurs festivals en perspectives.

  83. andrea amy says

    Just staying home, no plans at all this summer. Playing at the water park, and other neighbourhood parks is about it this year 🙂

  84. We're going to take a road trip up to NB at the end of the summer and then do some camping while we're there before heading back. Should be a ton of fun!!!

  85. mistygrl70 says

    We have a family reunion at an Aunt's cottage, a 3 day/2 night mini vacation away for our anniversary. We are going to centerville, medievil times and the safari.

  86. melanie borhi says

    I plan on taking a road trip to Canada's Wonderland with some friends this summer

  87. melanie borhi says

    I look forward to winning scope out last the most!

  88. Audrey Skinner says

    We plan on visiting PEI for a week this summer.

  89. mommakoala says

    We're hoping to head to Owen Sound…just because we haven't been there in years.

  90. Dayna Wilson says

    I'm unfortunately roadtripping to the Kootenays to scatter my dad's ashes in his hometown.

  91. mommakoala says

    I can always use Bounty.

  92. kristineewald says

    Going to visit my fam

  93. Potentially doing a trip down to Pennsylvania for some shopping and site seeing

  94. We're going camping at some point this summer once we replace our car that just died 🙁

  95. theknitwitbyshair says

    Driving to visit my sis in law in the US.
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  96. aarone m says

    road trip to northern bc!

  97. Cassey C says

    I look forward to trying the air clip

  98. probably a staycation

  99. the car clip! Love those!

  100. Elva Roberts says

    I would choose the 'Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets – $8.99.'

  101. No planned trips…. yet, but my hubby is more the "fly by seat of pants" type… but he doesnt habe to pack lol

  102. I did purchase camping gear, end of season last Fall.
    It will be our first camping adventure this summer!
    My girls are 5 & 6 , we have been brainstorming summer activities…such as hikes, fishing and hot springs in Banff.

  103. fahlinstar says

    We live in Northern Alberta and we are planning on taking a road trip to Kelowna BC sometime this summer.

  104. Brenda Penton says

    The family is planning on going on a road trip to PEI

  105. Tammy Dalley says

    Road trip across the province to see family!

  106. Shelley N says

    I am staying at home this summer except a short trip to see relatives in the US

  107. we will be going to montreal!

  108. We may just take a staycation this summer and go on some hikes.

  109. Actually I'm low on dryer sheets so I'm looking forward to winning the Bounce dryer sheets.

  110. sarah sar says

    We are planning on travelling out east but are not entirely sure yet.

  111. going to visit all the wonderful places around here – be a local tourist. thanks

  112. angela m says

    I am looking forward to the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets

  113. Judy C(Judy Cowan) says

    Would love to win the Charmin Basic, it comes in handy when we are camping because it is 1 ply!

  114. Looking forward to a mini roadtrip to our campsite with the pup! So much fun!

  115. vanessa foster says

    Going to Niagara Falls. Might visit family in Halifax.

  116. We plan on taking a road trip to Baltimore to visit family 🙂

  117. We are likely going home to Victoria for my sister in law's wedding! Unfortunately too far to drive – long flight with two kids!

  118. Helen Jones says

    We plan on driving to Daytona Beach this summer.

  119. We're moving into a new apartment this month so probably no road trip for us 🙁 Maybe just an hour out to the grandparents.

  120. kathy downey says

    we are not leaving town this summer just going to the cabin

  121. Just got back from a road trip to Tofino!

  122. Victoria Ess says

    I look most forward to the Puffs tissues!

  123. Might go to Oregon and Washington State at the end of summer on a road trip.

  124. truckerofbc says

    We may travel to the Okanagan but with high Mortgage payment and new truck payments it will be tough.

  125. karinespace says

    Going to Québec city 🙂

  126. were heading to collingwood this summer with the whole family ! SO excited

  127. staying home i just recently went on a trip in may.

  128. I am planning to road trip it around Vancouver Island this summer with my husband!

  129. I'm looking forward to the Puffs Tissues. Love the new patterns they always come up with!

  130. we went to niagara falls earlier this year and the kids had a great time

  131. Taking a roadtrip to Pigeon Lake for a famiky reunion in July.

  132. Karry Knisley says

    I am planning on going to Penetang for a family reunion in August

  133. We're hoping to go to Moncton this summer.

  134. Kristie Wheeler says

    We are going to Ottawa & to the beaches here at home.

  135. JULIEE FITZE says

    Not sure if I can call it a road trip because I flew here but traveling around Edmonton waiting for my grandbaby to be born.

  136. Robyn Bellefleur says

    We are going up north to fish and hunt ans also visit with my family.

  137. Viv Sluys says

    We plan to go camping just 20 minutes from our house. There are a lot of great camp grounds in our area.

  138. Our staycation is painting our kitchen walls and cabinets.

  139. I look forward to the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets. Both my daughter and I have sensitive skin.

  140. Mostly a staycation, but we are looking at a few options….maybe a rental cottage at some point.

  141. We will be headed on a 4 hr drive to Great Wolf Lodge in the fall.

  142. kathy downey says

    WOOHOO I would love the febreeze car vent air freshner 🙂

  143. Teresa Claire says

    I don't have any vacation plans for this summer. My daughter and I went on a road trip a few years ago and we had so much fun. I need new tires before planning any more road trips.

  144. Trip to Toronto.

  145. Im going to be visiting my hometown

  146. Elaine Buonsante says

    We heading on a road trip through the Rockies from Vancouver. I love the mountains so I know it will be beautiful.

  147. Elaine Buonsante says

    Of the prizes listed I'm looking forward to the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener the most.

  148. newfiechick72 says

    We are going to travel northern Ontario and find a good camping spot. Haven't picked a place yet.

  149. We will be going to Vancouver Island this summer.

  150. Road trip(s) shopping to upper NY state and camping once the weather is warm

  151. I making final plans to meet up with my college friend in Maine.

  152. Casey Miller says

    Staycation, as we just bought a house!

  153. Jennifer L. says

    I'm taking a road trip to Wisconsin this summer.

  154. susieking3 says

    We are having a stay vacation this year to save money

  155. I want to go to Banff for a roadtrip. I want to win the Febreze car vent clip air freshener since I will need it on the roadtrip.

  156. We are going camping

  157. Donna Marie says

    We are taking a family trip to the cabin in the mountains. I can't wait.

  158. Donna Marie says

    I am most excited about the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush – $7.99

  159. Christy Martin says

    I already took an amazing trip to a friend's place just west of Barrie. The guy built his deck out with an awning in order for it to be stage size. There was 5 bands! I would love to be invited back again. Otherwise, I would love to visit Lake Huron – The Pineries for some camping this year. Best beaches ever!

  160. love contests

  161. Julie G. says

    We're taking my mother to Niagara Falls

  162. nikki robak says

    I plan on going to Devon

  163. nikki robak says

    the bounty dura sheets

  164. claude normandeau says

    We are headed to a resort in Muskoka for a weekend getaway

  165. Emily Chui says

    I'm heading to the badlands with my boyfriend!

  166. missbobloblaw says

    I'm looking at heading out to Alberta!

  167. Miriam Wilton says

    we are hoping to drive down the west coast to visit my little sister in northern california. just hope the car makes it!

  168. Family visit to Ottawa

  169. The Febreze vent air freshener – good for long car rides 🙂

  170. jennifer capin says

    driving from Northern Ontario to Washington DC

  171. Jeff Skidmore says

    Driving up to Elliott Lake, On to check out there retirement community!

  172. A plane trip to Vegas!

  173. trowbdon says

    Visiting my granddaughter

  174. I plan on going camping somewhere in Ontario this summer.

  175. Going to Texas to visit the GF's brother!

  176. Jan Hammersmith says

    We are planning a trip to Nashville

  177. We are going to have a camping trip with all the family! Will be fun!!
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  178. Brandy Fisk says

    We will probably go to Great Wolf Lodge which is about 3 hours away.



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