Summer Travel Essentials! #Giveaway

The countdown is on!! Only 15 days until the little one’s are free for the summer and we are running on our own schedule, and making the most of those long and hazy summer days! 

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Should I admit I have a wee bit of panic setting in?  My girls are now 15 and 12, growing up so fast, and I only have so many summers left with these babes before they fly the coop!  I’m feeling the pressure to make the most of this summer!

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We will be spending lots of time in the car, taking road trips, day trips and squeaking in as many vacations for the family as possible.  There will be lots of packing and unpacking and this can be stressful if you are not prepared!  Stress and summer don’t go together, so here are some fabulous tips courtesy of P&G to help ensure your vacation starts off on the right foot:

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. (*these may have saved me when I spilled my coffee this week!)
  • 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 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, bruises, to colds and allergies, be ready to tackle it all so the fun never stops!

I have had the chance to test all of these products throughout the year and will be packing them up again this year as I hit the road for our overnight trips to go to the Zoo, The African Lion Safari, the Beach and the cottage.  Now thanks to P&G I have the chance to share them with one lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs! This giveaway is valued at $50.00 and includes:

Enter by leaving a comment telling me which P&G product you are most excited to try and then filling out the Rafflecopter form below!

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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.



Comments

  1. Amy Heffernan says:

    The puffs tissues!

  2. stephen gordon says:

    The Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener is really good. Cheers thanks for the chance.

  3. Karla Sceviour says:

    The Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength ..love Febreze products!

  4. Sylvia Mollison says:

    The Febreze vent clip air freshener…my kids can really stink up a car!

  5. Courtnie says:

    I’m excited to try the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener.

  6. Karla Sceviour says:

    I liked & shared the facebook past(Karla Sceviour)

  7. Christine Murray says:

    The Febreze Car vent clip air freshener.

  8. Lynda Cook says:

    I would like to try out the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength first, love that stuff!!

  9. tanyab79 says:

    Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  10. tanyab79 says:

    liked on facebook

  11. Melinda says:

    Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets!!! I love the smell of dryer sheets

  12. Lynda Cook says:

    I liked and shared the contest on Facebook..Lynda Noack-Cook

  13. I can’t wait to try the Charmin Basic myself for sure!

  14. I’m excited to try the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener!!!

  15. Melinda says:

    Liked and shared on FB

  16. Jeannie says:

    I am excited to try the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener

  17. The Oral B toothbrush, i could use a new one.

  18. I love the Pampers Sensitive Wipes. They’re great for babies, kids and messy grown-ups!

  19. Jennifer P. says:

    I am most excited to try the Puffs Basic Tissues for myself, and the Pampers Sensitive Wipes for my little ones.

  20. Jennifer P. says:

    Facebook page liked

  21. Glogirl says:

    I’m excited to try the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength.

  22. Grandma’s house here we come, but on the plus side we are going more than once this year. We do though need gravol for every trip. So having Extra Toothbrushes in bags and in the car are essential when the gravol doesn’t work.

  23. the cross action toothbrush!

  24. The Oral B toothbrush

  25. The car vent clip.

  26. Andrea Lee says:

    Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets

  27. Andrea Lee says:

    Liked and shared on FB

  28. Mark Rutledge says:

    Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener

  29. Maureen says:

    I would like the ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss

  30. shelley k says:

    the puffs

  31. Shelley N says:

    I am most excited to try the Oral-B Pro health cross action manual toothbrush

  32. Diana Powell says:

    Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener would be great to try .

  33. Shelley N says:
  34. Rachelle Douglas says:

    Would love to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  35. kristen visser says:

    the pampers sensitive wipes!! awesome giveaway

  36. kristen visser says:

    liked giveaway post on FB

  37. kristen visser says:

    shared the giveaway on FB

  38. Excite to try the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength. Get out any smells from wet towels

  39. I’m excited to try the floss

  40. Scope outlast.

  41. The Febreze Air Vent Clip and Fabric Refresher!! You know their commercial when blindfolded people get in a car with nasty smelling things in the back, yet they have no idea? That is my life traveling with teen boys on hot summer days, except I KNOW there’s something stinky in the back seat! 😉

  42. Liked and shared.

  43. Vent clip

  44. Maggie C says:

    I am most excited to try the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener!

  45. Maggie C says:
  46. Brenda Penton says:

    Most excited to try the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength

  47. Brenda Penton says:

    I liked and shared on Facebook

  48. Erika E says:

    I’d like to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush.

  49. Natalie says:

    I want to try the Febreeze vent clip most. Who doesn’t want a fresher car?

  50. angela m says:

    I want to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets
    thanks

  51. Erika E says:

    Liked and shared on Facebook.

  52. angela m says:

    Liked and shared on facebook

  53. Most excited for the Orab-B floss.

  54. Angie Andrews says:

    The Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  55. Angie Andrews says:

    liked and shared on FB

  56. Liked and shared on fb

  57. Maggie C says:

    liked n’ shared post on FB

  58. Julie Bolduc says:

    I’m excited to try the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener.

  59. Margaux retrophiliac says:

    Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets

  60. Carolle H says:

    the toothbrush 🙂

  61. kristen mcclary says:

    pampers sensitive wipes

  62. ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss

  63. Liked the Facebook post! 🙂

  64. ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss. I need to carry it with me all the time.

  65. I’d love to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets most.

  66. lisa bolduc says:

    I would love to use the sensitive wipes on my son who has very very sensitive skin

  67. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength, I have dogs

  68. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I shared

  69. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I liked it on fb

  70. Lillian Brown says:

    The Febreze vent clip air freshener

  71. Anu Chopra says:

    Would love to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets

  72. Anu Chopra says:

    I liked on Facebook!

  73. Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels 2 King Rolls 49 Sheets

  74. Rhonda W G. says:

    Scope Outlast!

  75. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d like to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush.

  76. Angela Mitchell says:

    shared on facebook as angela mitchell

  77. Angela Mitchell says:

    Liked post on facebook as angela mitchell.

  78. MrDisco says:

    i’m excited to try the Puffs Basic Tissues

  79. I would like to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets.

  80. Would like to try a Bounce for sensitive skin in the dryer bar.

  81. Darlene Schuller says:

    I’d like to try Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength

  82. Tammy Dalley says:

    excited to try the febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength

  83. Tammy Dalley says:

    liked and shared on facebook

  84. Janie N says:

    My daughter has a Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener in her car & it smells great! I need one so it doesn’t always smell like “dogs” in our truck 😉

  85. Janie N says:

    “liked”
    Are you planning a road trip this summer? Headed to the beach, the zoo, or maybe just a trip to Grandma’s house? Then you don’t want to miss this #giveaway! Enter now for your chance to win this prize pack of Summer Essentials courtesy of P&G everyday Canada!
    As always likes and shares are truly appreciated!
    http://www.howtosurvivelifeinthesuburbs.com/2014/06/summer-travel-essentials-giveaway.html

  86. charityk says:

    febreeze car vent clip

  87. Amy Brown says:

    I’d like to try the Bounce sensitive dryer sheets. I’ve stopped using dryer sheets because my daughter has sensitive skin and I didn’t know they had come up with a sensitive version. thanks

  88. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    I would like to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets.

  89. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Shared & Liked on FB as Judy Cowan

  90. Puffs Basic Tissues

  91. the car clip for me

  92. Melissa M says:

    The Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener

  93. I can’t believe they are still in school. Our kids were done on June 4th. Wishing your girls a memorable summer!!

  94. The Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength! Looking forwards for a chance to make the laundry smell a little more special and great.

  95. Heidi C. says:

    I am excited to try the dryer sheets!

  96. Heidi C. says:

    Liked and shared on FB – Heidi Carlson-Reid.

  97. Victoria Ess says:

    I’m most excited to try the Puffs basics tissues.

  98. Sunshine G says:

    The floss – it’s so hard to find just the right one.

  99. the Febreze Fabric Refresher Extra Strength

  100. I liked on Facebook!

  101. Im excited to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  102. Dayna Wilson says:

    The Febreeze fabric refresher. We have pets. 😛

  103. Kristine Ewald says:

    baby wipes and tide!

  104. Brandee H says:

    I would love to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush!

  105. Shared on Facebook

  106. Liked on Facebook

  107. shaunie says:

    Am most excited to try the puff basic tissues

  108. raedeen says:

    The bounce free and sensitive dryer sheets cause I got a family full of sensitive skin. Would love to try before I buy.

  109. Darlene Schuller says:

    I ‘liked’ the post on fb!

  110. Kim DeCoste says:

    The Oral B toothbrush

  111. Andrea Amy says:

    the dryer sheets 🙂

  112. I’m excited to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets.

  113. excited to try the Puffs Basic Tissues

  114. The febreeze fabric refresher

  115. Belinda McNabb says:

    I would like to check out the Bounty DuraTowels White Paper Towels

  116. Belinda McNabb says:

    liked and shared on facebook

  117. The Oral B toothbrush !

  118. melanie branch says:

    Pampers sensitive wipes!

  119. Puffs Basic Tissues

  120. rolling vrs folding is better for your clothes as well as a space saver! creases are hard on your clothes!

  121. The ORAL B Pro-Health Glide Floss for sure

  122. sarah sar says:

    I am excited to try the febreze car vent clips!

  123. sarah sar says:

    liked and shared as Sarah Sar

  124. Miranda Ward says:

    Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

  125. The Puffs Basic Tissues is what I would like to try.
    Thanks.

  126. bianca roman says:

    The Frebreze air vent car clip! The ones they place under your mat when you get your car clean only last so long!

  127. bianca roman says:

    I ‘liked’ the giveaway announcement on FB (Bianca Roman)

  128. the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  129. Lisa Smith says:

    I want the Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener

  130. Cindy Ray says:

    Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener

  131. ventaire clip, pampers wipes would be amazing!!!!

  132. I’m excited to try the DuraTowels. I love Bounty!

  133. Florence C says:

    The Febreze Car Vent Clip Air Freshener.

  134. emma walpole says:

    just got a new suv and would love to keep that fresh car smell so the Febreze car air freshener is my pick

  135. nicolthepickle says:

    The Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush would be great to try.

  136. The puffs – love them!

  137. Natalie F says:

    I would like to try the Bounce Free & Sensitive Dryer Sheets!

  138. Patrick Siu says:

    I’m excited to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush

  139. I would love to try the Scope Outlast!

  140. Jeannie says:

    I have liked the giveaway post on facebook

  141. Jeannie says:

    I have shared the giveaway post on facebook.

  142. The Puffs 🙂

  143. The tissues because I always get colds in the summer, oddly enough.

  144. Marie Constantineau says:

    Oral-B Pro-Health Cross Action Manual Toothbrush since it’s about time to replace mine./

  145. Wanda Bergman says:

    I’m most excited to try the Scope Outlast.

  146. Chris Stockford says:

    The Febreze vent clip air freshener

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