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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In three weeks, I will finally be on summer vacation. I know, aren't I lucky? That's two whole months off to spend with the family enjoying the summer weather and heading out in the Jeep on day-trips. We hope to head out on a camping trip as well. I love camping! Packing up all the gear and making sure we haven't left anything behind? Not so much.

Camping in Parc de la Gatineau
Planning a family getaway can be a little stressful, especially if you’ll be spending lots of time in the car for day-trips or heading overseas for a family vacation. You need to be prepared for the unpredictable and remember to bring everything that you need. To ensure your vacation starts off on the right foot, here is a list of top summer travel tips and tricks from my friends over at P&G along with some of my own:

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To help you with your summer travel plans, I will be giving away a Summer Travel Essentials prize pack from P&G which includes my favourite items listed in bold below. This prize pack is valued at approximately $50.
To be entered for a chance to win, you must complete the Rafflecopter form below. 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.


Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. My favourite travel tip is to bring lots of snacks!!

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    1. Yes, definitely! You can never have enough snacks. Otherwise, be prepared to pay a fortune at convenience stores or airports.

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    2. I freeze half of the juice boxes to keep others cold and also freeze grapes they are an extra yummy treat!

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  2. My tip is to have your route planned out prior to leaving. Sometimes you can't depend on your GPS!

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    1. Good tip! I had that happen recently and I ended getting pulled over for an illegal left turn because I was following my GPS and a half a dozen cars ahead of me that did the same thing! LOL

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  3. my fav tip is to ask others who are more experienced travellers. they will think of things you never would

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    1. Always a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Music! Great music that everyone loves is a key to happy adventures!

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    1. Music! But of course! Especially songs the whole family can sing along to. :)

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  5. Lots of planning, always have back-up activities in case the ones you want to see are unexpectedly closed, too busy or turn out to be not interesting. (Judy Cowan)

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  6. Do your research before you travel. Look for coupons, deals, discounts that you might be able to take advantage of.

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  7. Plan ahead. Book hotels, do your research and find all the best deals before you leave for your trip.

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  8. I think bringing extra drinks and snacks is a great travel tip!

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  9. My favourite travel tip is to make a photocopy of all your important documents (ids, passports, etc) to take with you incase you lose any of it. It makes it a lot easier to request or reissue the cards.

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  10. My favourite travel tip is to take lots of photos and make memories.

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  11. Bring your camera/phone charger! I love taking pictures, so it really drains the battery

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  12. My tips is to bring a cooler with drinks and snacks

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  13. My tip is to remember to pack all your chargers and make sure you collect them up from the hotel room when you're leaving. We've left plenty of chargers plugged in behind desks and chairs and didn't realize until we were home!

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  14. make a list and check it twice - love this one to make sure you don't forget anything you need.

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  15. When we drove across Canada with our 4 daughters in my sister's van (without AC) in August, we kept the kids busy by singing lots and lots of songs, having snacks at their fingers and we made alot of pit stops.

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  16. Always pack drinks and baby whipes

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  17. Don't forget your passport and your wallet

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  18. Bring lots of things to help keep the kids entertained (books, toys, make up games in the car -- our favourite was trying to get through all the letters of the alphabet in order by looking at other car's license plates). Also, be spontaneous, stop in little towns even if you didn't expect to. It will make the trip memorable, and perhaps you'll find some hidden treasures.

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  19. Before you leave home find out where the local hospital and walk in clinics are located. Write down their address, phone number and hours and keep it on hand. You never know when you need to get help and sometimes searching for a location is either too time consuming or impossible.

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  20. Even if you have a GPS take a traditional map with you. It allows for more adventures and even GPS' aren't foolproof!

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  21. Bring loads of snacks, music and books

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  22. Be flexible. Remember that sometimes things beyond your control are bound to happen, and try to go with the flow.

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  23. Always have a back up plan when travelling and planning outdoor activities in case of bad weather. Having bored children is NEVER fun! :)

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  24. I always have a charged cell phone and lots of reading material for unexpected stops.

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  25. My travel tip is to scope out your destination before hand and plan out attractions you are interested in. Pick up free guide books at the airport or tourist info huts to see if there are coupons in there.

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  26. Pack good books, snacks, and music.

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  27. My travel tip is to plan ahead of time.

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  28. Bring lots of snacks and water,,to save money on junk food and stuff from ocnvenience stores and gas stations!
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  29. Bring lots of snacks and drinks. The cost of those really adds up

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  30. Always carry water and snacks with you to save on money. Also, always have your camera near by, you never know when you might need it.

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  31. Pack snacks and drinks. Bring a pillow along too. Makes the ride more comfy
    (Debbie W)

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  32. Be prepared, make sure you have everything you need (so plan ahead)

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  33. Have snacks on hand and research the places you go ahead of time

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  34. Pack lots of snacks.
    -SC

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  35. I carry a supply of snacks and have an extra clothes on hand.
    Florence C

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  36. Always have lots for the kids to do.

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  37. Always pack extra clothing because you sometimes you need more than you ever think you would! (Suzi)

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  38. My travel tip is to pack extra snacks & water. You never know if you get stranded.

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  39. Snacks, water and have activites and music for the kids.

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  40. my tip is take it slow and easy on the way to or way back from trip to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. Never know what you will find that might be enjoyable.

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  41. prepare sandwiches, healthy snacks in containers and bring drinks along all in a cooler.

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  42. Dont pack crayons/markers/pens etc.. its a real p.i.a when their dropped between seats, underseats, sat on.... oh the horror!

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  43. My favourite travel tip is to pack lots of patience! Traffic jams. Squirmy toddlers. Boredom. Detours. It all helps to just smile and be ready for lots of pitstops.

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  44. Plan your route in advance...and always keep wet wipes on hand! You will find yourself using them for everything!

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  45. Along with packing the right items, it's also important to dress comfortably from the get go! No one wants to travel via car or plane in an uncomfortable outfit!

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  46. Travel with a cooler (that plugs into your cigarette lighter) and always have lots of snacks and proteins.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  47. My best travel tip is to start making a pack list a few weeks ahead and leave it on the fridge. Whenever you think of something you'll need add it to the list.

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  48. Snacks, music, and movies are a must! And some travel games, if the trip is longer then just to grandma's house.

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  49. My travel tip is to always carry a small first aid kit with you.

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  50. Make your own playlists for your car trips....good music makes the times go faster!

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  51. I like the tip to bring Baby Wipes along for multiple purposes.

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  52. lots of snacks and music to keep me awake.

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  53. Lots of snacks and drinks and things to keep everyone occupied for the trip.

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  54. My travel tip is to leave a copy of your passport with your family or friends at home in case your passport gets lost.

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  55. Bring tons of snacks and water, pack all your essentials, and remember to have FUN!!

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  56. We like to pack our own food and drinks, wipes, papertowels, and if we will be spending the night somewhere, we pack our own shampoo, conditioner and body soap and make sure we have a bag filled with books, magnetic car games, colouring books and crayons. and make sure you pack extra batteries and your chargers.

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  57. My travel tip is to relax and enjoy the journey don't get too hung up on just getting there.

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  58. Pack lightly so you don't have so much luggage to drag around with you.

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  59. Definitely bring a lot of snacks & activities to keep busy!

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  60. make sure to take lots of pics , to keep the memories alive! Take lots of drinks and snacks.

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  61. bring snack/drinks and things for the kids to do while traveling

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  62. Pack lots of snacks and we play travel bingo and eye spy

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  63. Don't forget your camera - you never know when a great photo op will occur.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G

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  64. Be flexible, you never know exactly how you'll feel or if the weather will cooperate. You don't want to ruin a vacation by being too rigid.

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  65. It is essential to pack lots of water and fruit and veggies

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  66. Pack extra water and food! You sure don't want to run out of either!

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  67. pack lots of activities for the kids

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  68. if traveling with kids make sure you pack lots of activities to keep them busy

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  69. Bring snacks to save a bit of money!

    billiondollarprincesss@hotmail.com

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  70. Don't stress when things don't go as planned. Be calm.

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  71. We would always let the girls go in and pick their own travel snacks, that way they had what they would enjoy, withing healthy boundaries

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  72. Map out ahead of time where you can have bathroom breaks along the road.

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  73. Make sure to bring water and snacks

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  74. Always bring lots of snacks and drinks

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  75. Always bring healthy snacks on any trip.

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  76. Lots of snacks, and since my kids are young to have them in individual small containers to maintain the novelty ;) Also the dvd player in the car for the long trips is soo helpful!!! But LOTS of rest stops to help with the wiggles is great too plus you get to have mini adventures on the way :)

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  77. Pack lightweight clothes that can be used multiple times.

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  78. roll rather than fold clothes - few wrinkles. thanks

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  79. My favourite tip... prepare for every type of weather, and, if you had outdoor activities planned, always be prepared for changes to those plans.

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  80. I bring plenty of water, kids are always thirsty and juices can cause belly upset.

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  81. i like cheetos.

    https://twitter.com/buttagal/status/486336539145031680

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  82. Best travel tip I can offer is having a DVD player in the back seat for the kids! OMG I have no idea how my parents ever survived long summer trips without a DVD player for us! lol

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  83. Bring lots of snacks!

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  84. Make a list when pacting to make sure you don't forget anything

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  85. make a list check it twice. Chandra Christine O'Connor

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  86. Bailey Dexter One of my favorite travel tip is that I always pack a bag of the kids stuff that they never think of, so when they are bored I pass it back and it all good for a few more hours lol

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  87. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a P&G Summer Travel Essentials prize pack.
    My favourite travel tip is do some research before you travel.
    Look for coupons, deals, discounts that you might be able to take advantage of
    and bring along your favorite music
    because that helps with the boredom if you're driving.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

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  88. Have lots of good music! :) Oh, and snacks!

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  89. My favourite travel tip is to make lists to ensure all the essentials are packed. I keep a list on my computer and alter it depending on the kind of trip my family is taking.

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  90. When we would drive to Florida, door to door, we left just after lunch. The kids were so excited the time passed, stopped for dinner, movie on the laptop, stop at a comfort station changed and ready for 'bed'! This was the best part, they slept through a huge portion of the drive and by the time they woke up in the morning we were only a few hours away!

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  91. My tip is to not forget about what you'll return to when your trip is done, so I always clean and do the laundry, take out the garbage etc before we leave so we can come home to a clean house.

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  92. Pack everything & take half out

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  93. rather than folding clothes in a suitcase, roll them
    jan

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  94. Hi Diana! We took a trip to see my Dad who lived out in eastern Quebec. It was a great memory filled week with fishing, golfing, horses, beaches, family dinners, lobsters and mussels, and the list goes on. We could have used most of your list of supplies above. Thank you!

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  96. Lots of toddler toys, snacks and a movie when necessary (rafflecopter marie catherine)

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  97. always make sure at least 2 people know your itinerary..including when you leave and when you will return. Advise them of any alterations

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  98. I buy crayons and pencil crayons that have lead that turns to up because I can't bring a sharpener on a plane and do not want shavings in my van

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