Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials Giveaway

Written by  //  July 25, 2014  //  Contests  //  15 Comments

Summer TravelSummer is finally here, meaning you’ll be spending lots of time in the car for day-trips and vacations with the family. We know road trip packing can be stressful – it’s mom’s job to be prepared for the unpredictable and remember everything, right?! To ensure your vacation starts off on the right foot, here is a list of our top summer travel tips and tricks. We’ve also got a Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials Giveaway sponsored by Procter & Gamble to make road tripping easier!

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 ($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 (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 ($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, 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 aFebreze 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, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!

You’ve had the chance to test these products throughout the year.  Now it’s time to share the love with your readers! We’ve gathered some of the top P&G essentials for any travel vacation this summer. This giveaway is valued at $50* and includes:

About the Author

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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15 Comments on "Summer Road Trip Travel Essentials Giveaway"

  1. latanya July 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm ·

    Hawaii

  2. kelly mcgrew July 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm ·

    i noticed the P&G Canada entry on the rafflecopter; is this just for Canada residents?

  3. Jill Amery July 26, 2014 at 8:36 am ·

    I loved my trip with the kids to Portland, Oregon!

  4. Jill Amery July 26, 2014 at 8:36 am ·

    Hi Kelly, This one is. We have a few US ones coming up though!

  5. kelly mcgrew July 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm ·

    okay, I am ineligible then. thanks for the info! will keep my eye out for future US eligible giveaways! :)

  6. meredith July 26, 2014 at 5:28 pm ·

    I went to boston with my husband!

  7. Danielle July 26, 2014 at 5:45 pm ·

    I don’t drive so the best roadtrips I’ve been on have been on a bus..to Niagara Falls!

  8. Athena July 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm ·

    We went to Boston!

  9. Sunshine G July 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm ·

    I like the route between Vancouver and Calgary – so many neat little mountain stops in the Rockies!

  10. lucy July 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm ·

    I loved my road trip to Niagara Falls

  11. Donna July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am ·

    Portland and Seattle are amazing summer road trip cities!

  12. Sara rai July 28, 2014 at 3:56 pm ·

    Road trips to buffalo:$

  13. Yuen C July 29, 2014 at 11:59 pm ·

    It would be Niagara Falls!

  14. Eldon July 30, 2014 at 8:34 pm ·

    New York

  15. Evelyn Kelly July 31, 2014 at 2:22 am ·

    Summer is now there and is the best time for road trip. My family and I are planning for our summer trip. We have done almost everything from car service to packing. I found your post very helpful for me. I am glad that I came to such informative post. The tips you have shared sound amazing. Thanks for the wonderful info!!!

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