Summer is finally here, meaning you’ll be spending lots of time in the car for day trips and vacations with the family. We all know how stressful road trip packing can be. I always feel like it’s my job to pack to be prepared for the unpredictable and always remember everything.

Summer Essentials giveaway

To ensure your summer vacation starts off on the right foot, here is 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 mini Scope 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!

To get prepare the readers of Domesticated Momma for the Summer months that lie ahead, P&G has graciously provided use with a Summer Essentials Giveaway Bundle, which features essentials for any travel vacation this summer. This giveaway is valued at $50* and includes:

* This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding residents of Quebec.

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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. All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec, and will not be sent out of the country.

The giveaway ends on July 5, 2014 at 12AM EST.

109 Comments on Summer Travel Tips & Tricks + P&G Summer Essentials Giveaway

  1. Anne Taylor
    June 2, 2014 at 8:19 pm (4 years ago)

    We are heading to some of the beaches on the island we live on. We’ll be sure to take along lip balm, sunscreen, water and snacks!!

  2. Judy C (Judy Cowan)
    June 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm (4 years ago)

    We spend the summer camping, so some of our essentials are sunscreen, bottled water, snacks and paper towels to clean up messes.

  3. Monique L.S.
    June 2, 2014 at 9:02 pm (4 years ago)

    We will be visiting Niagara Falls. We will make sure to have lots of sunscreen, hats and sunglasses, water and snacks, change of clothes and loads of diapers for my little girl.

  4. krystyl olson
    June 2, 2014 at 9:12 pm (4 years ago)

    we LOVE road trips! our best essentials are baby wipes & snacks!

  5. Jenness M
    June 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm (4 years ago)

    Just trips to the family cabin this summer. I stock the cabin with lots of bottles water and snacks for the kids.

  6. Andrea Amy
    June 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Nope, no vacation. Haven’t been on a trip in over 5 years, but an essential for even going to the park is a pack of diaper wipes. We use them for everything 🙂

  7. Crystal Quibell
    June 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm (4 years ago)

    Not going anywhere!

  8. lori b
    June 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm (4 years ago)

    hoping to go somewhere and i will be packing lip balm and sunscreen

  9. Robyn Bellefleur
    June 2, 2014 at 11:15 pm (4 years ago)

    We’ll be going up to my mother in law’s trailer. The kids love being in the outdoors so I will be packing a lot of sunscreen.

  10. Rebby
    June 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m headed to Tofino. I always make sure to pack first aid and sunscreen, and my toothbrush most importantly lol!

  11. Jeannie
    June 2, 2014 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

    We are hoping to go on a mini road trip and I am making sure I am packing enough activities to entertain the kids in the car. I will also be packing sunscreen!

  12. Heidi C.
    June 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I am not sure if we will be travelling but I will definitely be packing drinks, snacks, sunscreen and things for kids to do!

  13. Kristie Wheeler
    June 3, 2014 at 12:13 am (4 years ago)

    A mini road trip, so things like drinks, snacks, sunscreen, things to do.

  14. Amy C
    June 3, 2014 at 12:39 am (4 years ago)

    We are not planning on going on a vacation this Summer this year.

  15. Soozle
    June 3, 2014 at 5:50 am (4 years ago)

    I am going to the lake for holidays in the summer – I plan with LOTS of lists 🙂

  16. nicolthepickle
    June 3, 2014 at 7:29 am (4 years ago)

    We’re not planning much, but I’m sure we’ll do something. I always pack wipes and something to put garbage in.

  17. Tanis
    June 3, 2014 at 7:34 am (4 years ago)

    Yes and we pack water, games, food and a first aid kit!

  18. Darlene Schuller
    June 3, 2014 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

    We have a couple of ‘day’ trips planned and a weekend getaway for the hubby & for our anniversary. I always pack a first aid kit, sunblock & never forget pads etc….. just never know!

  19. Jonnie
    June 3, 2014 at 10:32 am (4 years ago)

    We will be taking a few road trips this summer. I always pack drinks and snacks for the road, tissues, wet wipes, toilet paper and some cash just in case.

  20. Doris H.
    June 3, 2014 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

    No trips planned due to work schedule. However, may do a long weekend local road trip. Essentials are toiletries, healthy snacks, and debit card 🙂

  21. Erika B
    June 3, 2014 at 10:51 am (4 years ago)

    We are driving to Ontario from Alberta then on to Quebec! We will be packing lots of sun screen, bug spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo body wash and clothes!

  22. Tammy Dalley
    June 3, 2014 at 11:00 am (4 years ago)

    We go camping alot during the summer we will be packing bug spray, wipes, shampoo, toothpaste,toothbrush, tissues,snacks,blankets & sunscreen!

  23. angela m
    June 3, 2014 at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    We are planning a few vacations this summer. We will be packing bathing suits , sunscreen ,and snacks.

  24. kathy downey
    June 3, 2014 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    We love the beach and some of our essentials are sunscreen, bottled water,baby wipes and snacks

  25. tanyab79
    June 3, 2014 at 11:25 am (4 years ago)

    Yes, sunscreen first, than bathing suit, shorts and light clothes, sandals and so on.

  26. steven weber
    June 3, 2014 at 11:41 am (4 years ago)

    I’m headed to Indiana on June 19th.. we are going to start packing a few days before.

  27. Jennifer P.
    June 3, 2014 at 11:44 am (4 years ago)

    We have a road trip planned. Some essentials I will be packing: sunscreen, bandaids, diapers, baby wipes (great for sticky hands too!), waterbottles, books, lip balm.

  28. Lynda Cook
    June 3, 2014 at 11:54 am (4 years ago)

    we usually just do road trips, but it’s good to take water, wipes, paper towels, first aid kit and another set of clothes, you never know what will happen

  29. elaing8
    June 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m not taking a vacation this summer

  30. Juliee Fitze
    June 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m heading out west to Edmonton for a couple of weeks. So I’m packing my bags and getting presents for the family.

  31. Laura Grouchy
    June 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm (4 years ago)

    no vacations just a few recreational parks this year!!

  32. Christine
    June 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Going to Edmonton soon for my grandmothers wedding! Getting organized , planning some activities for my 17 month old for the plane

  33. Glogirl
    June 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm (4 years ago)

    No plans for summer travel except maybe the odd local day trip.

  34. Amy Brown
    June 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

    I will be spending a week in Winnipeg to visit my mom, I’ll pack sunscreen and a lot of bug spray!

  35. Florence C
    June 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Going camping and will pack my sunscreen, fly oil and a hat.

  36. Brenda Penton
    June 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Going to PEI for a vacation and just a few road and camping trips. Will be packing sunscreen, snacks, insect repellent, sunglasses, hats, water.

  37. Cassey C
    June 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Unfortunately no vacation plans but I hope to have a staycation in which I will pack sunscreen.

  38. 409cope
    June 3, 2014 at 5:24 pm (4 years ago)

    We are not going anywhere this summer as we went to Calgary in March for my grandsons birthday.

  39. stacey dempsey
    June 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I am not sure yet wether we will be traveling but if we do I always want my kindle with me and some great sandals and sunscreen

  40. Angela Mitchell
    June 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm (4 years ago)

    We are going on a road trip to the Oregon Coast. We will be sure to bring our sunscreen, diapers, wipes, tissue, hats, and sunglasses.

  41. Belinda McNabb
    June 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    We are going to montreal this summer. I will make sure I pack the flat sandals, sunscreen and hat

  42. Shannon Mark
    June 3, 2014 at 8:33 pm (4 years ago)

    going camping and always try to be prepared but end of forgetting something!

  43. charityk
    June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm (4 years ago)

    we are going to the cottage. we will need lots of sunscreen and bugspray

  44. Victoria Ess
    June 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m going to Vancouver and my essentials are a bathing suit and sunscreen!

  45. J
    June 3, 2014 at 10:53 pm (4 years ago)

    We’re preparing by making a list and comparing it with what we have so we know to buy what we don’t have. Also making sure we have bug repellent and sun screen.

  46. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
    June 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm (4 years ago)

    We travel 6 months of the year and two of those months are in the Summer. We’re heading to Newfoundland for 2 weeks and I always remember to pack lots of snacks including proteins, antibacterial soap and clothes to wipe up messes. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  47. Lina
    June 3, 2014 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

    i’m not sure at the moment if we are going anywhere on vacation,
    but if i do i love bringing a nice pair of sandels, sunglasses and snacks for the road trip!

  48. Melinda L.
    June 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm (4 years ago)

    Hoping to go to Niagara Falls or Pennsylvania. Definitely packing sunscreen, summer outfits, sandals and mosquito repellent!

  49. Erika E
    June 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    We’ll be camping this summer for our vacation. I start preparing early and make lists. Essentials are anti-bacterial hand cleaner, paper towels and sunscreen.

  50. MrDisco
    June 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm (4 years ago)

    haven’t made plans to go anywhere just yet. an essential for me are maps and spare battery packs

  51. @mongupp
    June 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes the kids and I are going to camp. Definitely need to take allergy medicine and epipen and deodorant!

  52. Chris Stockford
    June 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

    pack your Sunscreen!

  53. JaimeeM
    June 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    sunscreen, toothbrush and conditioner!

  54. Sunshine G
    June 5, 2014 at 8:48 am (4 years ago)

    We’re doing lots of daytrips – we’ll need the sunscreen, the conditioner and lots of Tide to clean up the sandy clothes!

  55. Nicky
    June 5, 2014 at 9:15 am (4 years ago)

    going to a nearby beach, so will be packing sunscreen, hat, towels and snacks!

  56. Gina M
    June 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm (4 years ago)

    We will be taking a trip to FL and will need plenty of items for being at the beach. The main things we will need are sun tan lotion and shower products!

    Entered the rafflecopter form as “Wild Orchid”

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  57. Rhonda W G.
    June 5, 2014 at 12:35 pm (4 years ago)

    We are not going anywhere really but to local parks and bbq’s. Sunscreen always on me and lots of water!

  58. Lucy
    June 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Not sure where we will be travelling but I’ll be sure to pack water, snacks, and sunscreen

  59. Jessica To
    June 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

    We always pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit and snacks.

  60. Kristine Ewald
    June 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I will be heading to my parents cabin.

  61. Mae
    June 6, 2014 at 2:36 am (4 years ago)

    I’m heading to Camp so I’ll be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen

  62. Melissa
    June 6, 2014 at 8:46 am (4 years ago)

    Definitely the off clips for those darn mosquitoes and extra toilet paper for the little ones

  63. Debbie W
    June 6, 2014 at 9:17 am (4 years ago)

    we’re hoping to have some road trips including overnight stays. Pack the bathing suit and sun screen!

  64. Julie Bolduc
    June 6, 2014 at 7:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Not to sure if we are going anywhere

  65. eleanor
    June 6, 2014 at 9:51 pm (4 years ago)

    essentials for my bay are wipes, diapers, change of clothes, sunglasses and a hat.

  66. Dayna Wilson
    June 6, 2014 at 10:09 pm (4 years ago)

    Not per se… I’m going to scatter my father’s ashes in the Kootneys. I’ll bring sunscreen, some make up, a scarf, and some change of clothes.

  67. Chris DeHart
    June 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Yes I’m hoping to take to vacations this summer and trying to work out my work days with my job.

  68. Rachel DeHart
    June 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm (4 years ago)

    We are going on vacation and I enter giveaways for vacations to prepare and save money. I actually win also. I enter a lot and search a lot online for them. I plan on buying a umbrella and brella bag to take on vacation so if it rains.

  69. Karla Sceviour
    June 7, 2014 at 9:02 pm (4 years ago)

    we may be going to P.E.I,not sure,,,I will be bringing lots of snacks and suncreen for sure.

  70. cheryl
    June 8, 2014 at 8:38 pm (4 years ago)

    not sure if we are going away, but if so I will pack lots of sunscreen

  71. Kristi Renout
    June 8, 2014 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Don’t know that we’ll be going anywhere this summer. Maybe just have a staycation.

  72. Nicole Millheim
    June 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm (4 years ago)

    I am planning a trip to Disney

  73. Christy Martin
    June 9, 2014 at 7:39 am (4 years ago)

    I will be going camping and spending quite a bit time on the beach (I hope). So I will be bringing sunscreen, bug spray, first aid kit, hand wipes and non-scented body lotion.

  74. ivy pluchinsky
    June 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I just got back from a trip to Edmonton via the train, and loved it! But I sure didn’t pack enough stuff, i had no idea you could pretty much bring anything you wanted. At least I know for next time.

  75. Emily
    June 9, 2014 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Off to the cottage this summer! 🙂

  76. wendi watso
    June 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm (4 years ago)

    we are heading to cedar point so for sure SUNBLOCK! and pocket antibacterial wipes to wipe of the handles of the rides

  77. sarah sar
    June 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

    We;ll be going on a road trip to NS so we’ll be packing lots of wet wipes and sunscreen for the beach!

  78. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    June 10, 2014 at 5:24 am (4 years ago)

    we will just do day trips to beach a must to have is sunscreen and an umbrella

  79. Angie Andrews
    June 10, 2014 at 8:27 am (4 years ago)

    unfortunately this summer we have no plans for heading anywhere on vacation, probably do some day trips in and around the GTA, in which case we will always make sure to have snacks, sunscreen and hats with us

  80. Kristy
    June 10, 2014 at 8:42 am (4 years ago)

    No big road trips planned for the summer, but they are planned for the fall so all the family can meet the new baby. Nova Scotia autumns are unpredictable, so more than likely we will be packing for all 4 seasons.

  81. Valerie Crawford
    June 10, 2014 at 9:44 am (4 years ago)

    We are going on a road trip to New Brunswick this summer! We are driving, so we are just trying to figure out where to stop along the way.

  82. beth
    June 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm (4 years ago)

    well be going to Collingwood with the entire family. I will be sure to bring lots of books, chargers for electronics for the long car ride, wipes, drinks, bandaids

  83. Brandee H
    June 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm (4 years ago)

    We are doing a few road trips this year. I keep a box in the back of my car for beach toys, towels and sunscreen.

  84. Erin W
    June 11, 2014 at 9:41 am (4 years ago)

    We’ll be doing a lot of camping, so paper towels, tinfoil and a ton of wipes are on my list!

  85. Leela
    June 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm (4 years ago)

    No plans as of yet.

  86. amber y
    June 11, 2014 at 6:08 pm (4 years ago)

    we have a mini camping vacation planned for the end of the summer. I’m going to be packing sunglasses and a hat, bug spray and lots and lots of sunscreen!! iIt’s going to be fun. I can’t wait!

  87. Nikki
    June 12, 2014 at 8:54 am (4 years ago)

    Sadly we won’t be going on vacation this summer…we will be packing all our essentials for a move coming up though!

  88. Miriam Wilton
    June 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm (4 years ago)

    we are heading to vermont in 6 weeks. i have already started packing the baby lol

  89. Bev
    June 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm (4 years ago)

    We are planning to do some camping this summer. We will be packing puzzles, books, an iPad with lots of games and lots of snacks!

  90. Karine
    June 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm (4 years ago)

    were going to New Jersey I think 🙂

  91. kristy e
    June 17, 2014 at 8:13 am (4 years ago)

    no vacation this year, going to stay home and enjoy our backyard and pool

  92. shelly peterson
    June 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm (4 years ago)

    No vacation planned. But we do go to parks and lakes a lot. We take wet ones or wipes, sunscreen and water and snacks.

  93. Tina L.
    June 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm (4 years ago)

    No plans, but maybe a day trip. Will make sure to bring sunscreen.

  94. paula schuck
    June 23, 2014 at 8:56 am (4 years ago)

    I will be heading to a new cottage with the kids and some of their friends. I always pack wipes regardless of my kid’s ages. They are super useful. Also chargers, electronics and some games, crayons and doodling things,. My kids LOVE to draw.

  95. Karina H.
    June 25, 2014 at 1:52 am (4 years ago)

    Going to Florida this summer, I’ll definitely be packing lots and lots of sunscreen, bathing suits, and hats!

  96. jan
    June 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm (4 years ago)

    no plans yet! yikes

  97. Silvia D
    June 25, 2014 at 8:03 pm (4 years ago)

    we will go camping and day trips. Will be sure to take, cellphone,sun screen, wipes, snacks

  98. Brandi Y.
    June 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm (4 years ago)

    We’re going to do lots of day trips since hubby works all summer, but that will include lots of trips to the beach which means sunscreen, hats, toys, snacks, towels, etc. 🙂

  99. tennille
    June 29, 2014 at 12:09 am (4 years ago)

    Maybe a little road trip. Always pack lots of snacks and baby wipes!

  100. Jenny
    July 1, 2014 at 9:54 am (4 years ago)

    possibly going on a girls shopping trip! always pack the essentials !

  101. Athena
    July 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm (4 years ago)

    We have some road trips planned 🙂 We have to make sure we’ve got food and things to keep the kids occupied on the road.

  102. Tara E
    July 1, 2014 at 3:58 pm (4 years ago)

    don’t think we’re headed anywhere… but if we were… snacks, wet wipes, wetbags, toys, sunscreen, bug spray

  103. Eldon
    July 1, 2014 at 6:28 pm (4 years ago)

    We are not travelling but sunscreen and water is essential.

  104. Erin McSweeney
    July 2, 2014 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

    sunscreen is always required…as we love going to the beach and pool

  105. Shannon Gnocato
    July 3, 2014 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

    What don’t I pack! I usually overpack and would love to narrow It down a bit!

  106. Wayne Lecoy
    July 3, 2014 at 2:14 am (4 years ago)

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win the P&G Summer Essentials prize pack.
    In response to your questions of Are you heading on vacation this Summer? If so, how are you preparing? What are some essentials you will be sure to pack?
    No i am not going on vacation but i’ll bring Sunscreen and bottled water
    when i go for a drive to the beach.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  107. leanne
    July 3, 2014 at 10:35 am (4 years ago)

    We’re going on a short road trip. I will pack lots of snacks and water.

  108. Jennifer L.
    July 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm (4 years ago)

    We are heading to Wisconsin for two weeks. I’m making a list to make sure I don’t forget the important things like passports, things to do in the car and bathing suits.


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