Summer Escapes: Top 5 Vacation Essentials You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without! #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/23

| July 5, 2017 | 114 Comments
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Goodbye spring, and hello summer! School is over, the hot weather is here (alongside those pesky thunder showers!), which means our perfect Canadian vacation season is finally upon us! If you’re planning on heading back to the cottage for a weekend (or a week!), or travelling to some of the most beautiful sights and cities our country has to offer, these essentials should be at the top of your packing list for a safe, comfortable, and relaxed summer escape. Ready, set, pack!

Top Five Summer Vacation Essentials

Summer Escapes: Top 5 Vacation Essentials You Shouldn't Leave Home Without

CanesOral® Combi-Pack, Coppertone® ClearlySheer® Sunscreen Lotion, Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion, Coppertone Sport® Sunscreen Lotion, and Muskol® Insect Repellent Aerosol with a sunhat and fly swatter on a table in front of a window.


Essential #1: Bug Spray!

  • When I think of summer, the first thing that crosses my mind is those dreaded bugs. You can’t always escape from them, but you can protect yourself with a fly swatter and Muskol® Insect Repellent Aerosol! I never leave home without it if I plan on venturing out in the outdoors! It provides 8 hours of effective protection against mosquitos, black flies, and ticks. It can even repel biting midges, deer flies, stable flies, and chiggers! Your ultimate bug weapon!

Essential #2: Sunscreen!

  • Personally, I have the unfortunate luck of burning as red as a tomato instead of tanning during the summer season, hence where sun protection becomes extremely important! Avoid sunburns by packing sunglasses, hats, lots of water, and of course sunscreen! Coppertone® ClearlySheer® SPF 50 (so sheer and light it won’t clog up your pore or cause breakouts), Coppertone Sport® SPF 30 (specially formulated for active adults), and Coppertone Kids® SPF 60 (non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and waterproof!) are a must for any family escape this summer! Remember to apply 15 minutes before heading outdoors, and to reapply every 2 hours or 80 minutes in or after going in the water.

Essential #3: First-Aid Kits!

  • You never know when a minor accident might happen! During a summer escape, it’s best to always be prepared for any scrapes, cuts, and bruises by bringing along a general first aid kit in your suitcase. My personal kit usually includes bandages, a CPR mask, small scissors, disinfecting wipes, sterile/non-sterile gloves, and gauze. For women, yeast infections can happen anytime. It’s why keeping CanesOral® Combi-Pack on hand or in your medical kit will provide an easy and convenient go-to relief so you can get back to being you! It’s a clinically proven, single-dose oral treatment that can be taken anytime anywhere with a symptom relief starting within 24 hours!

Essential #4: Snacks!

  •  Even if I’m not on a summer vacation, I’ve always got snacks and a bottle of water with me! You never know when you’ll get hungry or thirsty while on the go, and getting into this habit might save you more than just a couple of dollars in the long haul! Remember to bring along some healthy sacks on your trip, such as granola bars, protein bars for when you need an extra boost of energy, fruits, trail mix, and best of all, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for s’mores!

Essential #5: A portable camera!

  • I’m all for disconnecting away from technology during a vacation or a cottage escape, but cameras are an essential part of capturing those summer memories that will surely last a lifetime! I always have one with me, or use the one on my cell phone if I’m looking for a quick and easy snap. Remember to bring extra batteries or to fully charge your portable camera/device before leaving!

This summer, which essentials will you be packing into your suitcase to avoid running out to the nearest shop? 

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

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Summer Escapes: Top 5 Vacation Essentials You Shouldn't Leave Home Without

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The ARV of this prize package is $250!

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Québec) and ends at 11:59 EDT on July 23rd, 2017.

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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    This summer, I plan on going down Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.

  2. SweetPanda says:

    We are planning to go to Boston this year

  3. Brenda Penton says:

    Not a whole lot of plans since my boys will be off to cadet camp. Just a few road trips and a lot of walking and hiking.

  4. Tania B says:

    I am planning on getting my front garden in order – weeding, reorganizing, and general upkeep.

  5. Brenda A says:

    For sure with the allergy meds and benedryl. Ear plugs are essential too!

  6. Tara Betterley says:

    we plan to do lots of camping in the trailer, a few trips to the states and one down east.

  7. ivy pluchinsky says:

    We will be enjoying lots of staycations, and road trips this summer! Also going to the beach a lot.

  8. Amie says:

    I don’t have any big plans yet ! I have so many things i want to do though ! Im hoping Niagara Falls I just love it there

  9. lori butler says:

    our plans hopefully include a trip to the east coast

  10. Sab Edwards says:

    We’ve gone camping a few times, just short visits locally due to having pets and my husband having the business phone on weekends but in Aug we’re supposed to do a week away from home to a star party

  11. Suzanne G says:

    My daughter and grandkids are coming to visit for 2 weeks. We will be going to the pool and park.

  12. DebP says:

    I don’t have many summer plans because I need to stick around home for parent care, but we have been planning some day outings out of the city and to attend some of the many summer festivals going on. Lunch on an outdoor patio is a must.

  13. Lynda Cook says:

    My husband just started a new job so this year we will be just staying close to home, but that is fine too, we enjoy being home and we have our firepit and everything here to have mini staycations

  14. kristen visser says:

    Our summer vacation plans are going to Collingwood a few times to visit my in laws and visiting Ripley’s Aquarium and the Toronto Zoo for the girls first time

  15. Travelbuds says:

    My 2 kids and I are spending 3 weeks at my mom’s place out in the country. She has a big in the ground pool so we’ll be spending most of our time pool side.

  16. Caryn Coates says:

    This summer we are going on a family trip to Newfoundland

  17. Elaine G says:

    No vacation plans this year. Just staying home.

  18. wobbles13 says:

    we are going to go camping!

  19. Dave says:

    hang out around the house and some beach time.

  20. heidi c. says:

    We will be taking a road trip to Montreal as well as hopefully a few visits to the beach and splash pad locally.

  21. Tasha says:

    My summer vacations plans are to take more road trips on my motorcycle. Would like to go to Banff and do some camping as well. 🙂

  22. Jana Liu says:

    hitting up the beaches and camping somewhere up North

  23. Shelley Butcher says:

    I’m spending the month of July with my youngest daughter and her family in castlegar. I’ll be enjoying time with my 1 and 3 year old grandkids.😊

  24. Sharon says:

    We are staying home this summer

  25. Florence Cochrane says:

    My daughter is coming for a visit and we are taking a road trip together.

  26. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ll be attending my son’s wedding, we have a one or two km walk to the wedding so hopefully it’s not too hot.

  27. Lucy says:

    We are planning to spend a lot of time exploring the outdoors!

  28. Alison Braidwood says:

    I’m going to Montreal next weekend. Super excited.

  29. Julie F says:

    We are going to Prince Edward County for a few days!

  30. Matt H says:

    Going camping as a family, looking forward to it!

  31. Francine says:

    no plans as such, probably just a few day trips here and there

  32. Jenness M says:

    We’re going to Wisconsin Dells in late July!

  33. carol m says:

    I’m lovin’ the site and cooling my jets in the heated pool

  34. Carole D says:

    We haven’t plan anything yet!

  35. Kim K says:

    We’re going to be camping and and doing some local travel this summer

  36. Kim S says:

    Heading to the Yukon to do some travel in the north.

  37. Kim M says:

    Just a big family get together in the country to celebrate my uncle turning 90

  38. Lisa Halladay says:

    Our summer plans are to go on a few local road trips.

  39. Brandy Champion says:

    My summer plans this summer are to stay in Ontario and go camping with my family

  40. Kristy says:

    Next summer, I would like to take my kids to Quebec City.

  41. Aaron says:

    Our family is going to spend a week up north at a friends cottage.

  42. LisaM says:

    We have a big family trip coming up!

  43. Marlene V. says:

    We plan to go camping with friends and family

  44. Donnas says:

    I’m going next weekend to celebrate a cousin’s birthday, then spending a few days at my sisters trailer.

  45. Sab Edwards says:

    Well I dont’ take very much time off during the summer as its the only time we really do full hours (Well except the last three weeks but I suspect thats because we were bought out by a new company and they are taking the work for their full time staff..ANWAYS) We already went camping twice this yr, the first time was the long weekend in MAy and we plan a full week in aug, although I am not too sure about that as we have pets (Although I think i have a pet sitter lined up) So far because its summer I hve gotten a pine tree taken down (The last one as the 1st feel on my neighbors house 2 yhrs ago) got 5 tree stumps ground down and am trying to rototil that part of the yard at least 2 times a week as well as killing off the weeds so I can plant some bulbs (I ordered already online and can’t wait til fall lol) I have flowers growing and also built a few things (crafty) for the yard

  46. Anne Derkat says:

    No longer taking trips so will just take in events in the city.

  47. Karla Sceviour says:

    I plan to take a few road trips around the province.

  48. Casey Miller says:

    A relaxing trip to Southern California! After years of rain in the lower mainland, this and the great food is very exciting!

  49. Calvin F. says:

    Just gardening, staying in the city but lots to do here 😀

  50. Jessica Boittiaux says:

    My summer plans are to enjoy the sun. I live in Winterpeg so we enjoy our summers to the very last minute haha

  51. Rebecca G says:

    I am having a baby tomorrow so my plans are all about relaxing.

  52. Chantelle Daigle says:

    Harry Potter camp for my oldest, trip to Toronto for Mom and Dad, lots of playground time!

  53. Dawn Gordon says:

    We have plans to visit the Ripleys Aquarium !!

  54. 409cope says:

    We went on a cruise to Italy, Greece and Malta.

  55. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    My husband and I will visit Maui, to celebrate my brother’s 50th birthday.

  56. Krista M says:

    We already just did a 5-day camping trip to the lake & we will still go camping a couple more times near late July & August!

  57. Catherine Robichaud says:

    We have no real plans this Summer. We are just going day to day hoping to spend lots of time at our local beach.

  58. Margaret H says:

    We are planning to go up to the caribou and visit old friends

  59. Sandra McG says:

    my granddaughter comes every summer to spend a few weeks at the lake with us. this year she is bringing her best friend along and they are having to fly alone together for the first time ever! it is a big adventure for them, but we are very excited to have them and we have a lot of plans from fishing, berry picking, beaching it, pontoon boat, rock hounding….and whatever other fun opportunities come our way!

  60. Caitlyn Hammond says:

    I am planning on visiting Gabriola island hopefully!

  61. SarahJ says:

    I’m painting the exterior of my mom’s 100 year old house. I need sunscreen!!

  62. Nicole says:

    Spending a few days at a friends cottage, day camps for kids & some fun day trips.

  63. Lauraleigh Potz says:

    I’m going camping at Darien Lake with my kids, can’t wait!

  64. Judy Thuy Duong says:

    This summer hubby and I will be camping and fishing more. We haven’t been able to do that in years due to me being sick. Now that I’m better, we would like to do that again.

  65. Dana Miller says:

    We just went on the spur of the moment to Whistler and brought our friends. We had so much fun swimming, hiking, shopping and going up the gondola. It was a road trip to remember!

  66. Laura says:

    Going Camping

  67. Meekyung says:

    Just staying home

  68. Linda says:

    My summer vacation plans involve a lot of picnics in the park.

  69. Heather Swanson says:

    fish & chips at the lake

  70. Judy Cowan says:

    Summer vacation plans are to spend lots of time camping and being outdoors.

  71. Kim says:

    We are going to spend a lot of time up at our trailer.

  72. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we are going on a camping trip

  73. Jonnie says:

    We plan to do some camping and road tripping, lots of fishing and a few home renovations this summer.

  74. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    having a weekend away

  75. Mandy Wilson says:

    I’ll be driving to Montreal this summer.

  76. Janine a says:

    We are planning a zoo trip and camping 🙂

  77. mohammad anjum says:

    going to go camping!

  78. em says:

    just fishing & cne this summer and maybe go to wonderland

  79. Morgan Stewart says:

    We plan on going to Bridal Veil Falls!

  80. Juliee Fitze says:

    My main plans are going to Edmonton to see my son and his family .

  81. Clare O'Brien says:

    We are planning to go to New Orleans for a couple weeks in August.

  82. KD says:

    We’ll stay here most of the time, but are planning trips to my parents’ and grandparents’ places.

  83. Sunshine G says:

    We’re just doing some local trips – the big vacation is planned for next year!

  84. Amy C says:

    We have no Summer Vacation plans this year. We are just staying home.

  85. Andrea Amy says:

    we are going to BC in august.

  86. Jennifer P. says:

    Our summer plans this year include camping, swimming and hiking – all great local activities for us.

  87. Lisa says:

    A week at the cottage with no internet access!

  88. Alison K says:

    My Summer Vacation plans for this year would be to do some more of the Bruce Trail

  89. Viv Sluys says:

    Our summer plans are mostly staying around home (we have some lakes nearby) and a couple small camping trips. Our first camping trip got cut short due to wildfires in the area 🙁

  90. Aimee says:

    Going to the lake

  91. Theresa C. says:

    We are going on a family road trip!

  92. Tainan Lu says:

    I don’t have any summer plan

  93. Sherry K says:

    We are hoping to go to Montreal to visit our son.

  94. ANNA NGO says:

    We plan to visit our brother in law in California this summer

  95. Lisa Halladay says:

    Our summer plans are to go on a few local road Road trips this year

  96. Lynnie says:

    We are going to visit family, only a few hours away and do lots of things around our home town! Thanks for the chance!

  97. Joyce S says:

    We are going camping up to Green Acres in Waterloo this summer. First time camping in years!

  98. Joyce S says:

    We are going camping up to Green Acres in Waterloo this summer.

  99. Mike Flaman says:

    We went on a trip to Edmonton, AB this summer and going to a concert in Calgary, AB!

  100. KellyPC says:

    camping, picnics & the beach!

  101. Julie R says:

    We’re doing all things staycation this year! We’ll be exploring local parks, beaches, and having backyard bonfires!

  102. Betty S says:

    WE are doing a local staycation and playing tourist visiting the places we forget to see because we live so close

  103. Julie A. says:

    Lots of camping planned for this summer

  104. Wanda Tracey says:

    I am planning to go camping,lots of swimming and I am extending our garden by another 6 to 8 feet.

  105. Darwin says:

    We are doing a staycation and enjoying our city!

  106. Melinda says:

    My summer vacation plans are to go camping.

  107. Tava says:

    it’s a staycation summer – camping, day trips and backyard sleeping bag star watching

  108. Joni says:

    I usually don’t have summer plans. Summer is very bsy time here. I do take 2 days to go hunting for wild blueberries

  109. Catherine brown says:

    Time at the lake with the family.

  110. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    We have a trip planned for London, England.

  111. Sab Edwards says:

    congrats to the winner

  112. Sab Edwards says:

    guess what just arrived at my door…gonna instgram it for you

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