Summer Essentials for any Escape

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I adore the unscheduled busy days of summer, there’s no other time of year that you can spontaneously take a day trip or a weekend away. This is exactly what we’ve been doing often, touring here and there – taking in the sights, tastes and smells of this wonderful season. Just last week the girls and I took three trips, ranging from 1-3 days. Yes, do the math, that was a week full of summer adventure!

It only goes without saying, I like to keep a day bag ready and waiting, for those impromptu moments when I can sneak away for a change of pace. While some events require specific things to pack, they all have a constant set of items required. These are the must-have items on hand for summer fun.

Whether you’re heading to a cabin in the far neck of the Rockies or a cottage in Muskoka, these essential kits should be at the top of your packing list for a safe and comfortable summer escape.

  • Essential #1 – the Sun Kit
    • Your sun kit should include all the essentials you need to make sure you’re not turning in to a lobster, and spending most of your escape treating your sunburns! This means packing sunglasses, hats, lots of water, and of course sunscreen!
    • If you’re heading outside, always reach for sun protection first – including your Coppertone ClearlySheer SPF 50, Coppertone Sport SPF 30 and Kids SPF 60 sunscreens. And while it’s important to apply 15 minutes before heading outdoors, make sure you are reapplying every two hours or 80 min in or after going in the water.

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  • Essential #2 – the Rainy Day Kit
    • On the flip side, we’re not always so lucky with our weather, but a little rain shouldn’t ruin your summer escape. Your rainy day kit should include board games, a deck of cards, and lots of pens and paper. While people will often reach for their phones and tablets during the rain, you can still enjoy some family time without the presence of electronics!
  • Essential #3 – the Snack Kit
    • My kids would agree with this one (…and frankly, I can’t blame them!), as you’ll need a good snack kit for any trip. My kit usually includes a yummy but healthy mix including a trail mix, granola bars, a few bananas and apples, a low-sodium beef jerky, and for a treat the kids will love, everything needed for a campfire s’mores.
  • Essential #4 – the Medical Kit
    • With all the outdoor time, you’re bound to encounter some minor scrapes and bruises. Pick up a general first aid kit to be safe, including bandages, disinfectant wipes and gauze. For women, yeast infections can happen anytime, especially in situations with wet bathing suits. Keep CanesOral Combi-Pak on hand for easy and convenient go-to relief so you can get back to being you , and not let it ruin your summer escape.

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  • Essential #5 – the Bug Kit
    • Nothing says summer like mosquitoes and other little insects. While a fly swatter might do the trick some, you don’t want to forget your Muskol Insect Repellent – it provides eight hours of effective protection against mosquitoes, black flies, and ticks (a growing threat here in Canada) among others.

These five essential kits will ensure you can enjoy your summer escapes, without running out to the nearest shop for sunscreen and marshmallows!

What else would you include on your summer escape list?



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  1. I love baking soda in baking certain recipes but you have to be careful of the amount.

  2. My baking soda secret is to use it as a body scrub in the shower. It’s fantastic and effective.

  3. I use baking soda in shoes to help prevent odour and control moisture

  4. My favourite baking soda secret is to add a bit to your facial cleanser to turn it into a gentle exfoliater.

  5. I use it in my cats’ litter boxes, and as a natural drain cleaner (with white vinegar, and boiling water).

  6. My favourite way to use baking soda is to use it to remove stains.

  7. Love of the great things in the Summer Essentials Package from Bayer, I would love some of the coppertone sunscreen.

    I love using Baking soda to clean and shine my sink.

  8. I like baking with baking soda.
    I love your sun kit, we’ve already gone through so much sunscreen this summer!

  9. Thanks for the chance. I like to clean the bathroom with lemon and baking soda.

  10. I sprinkle baking soda onto my white cutting board then cover in vinegar to make a paste. Leave in the sun for a few hours then rinse off & it looks new again!

  11. I use baking soda in my drains, in fact just did it a few days ago.

  12. Clean the Microwave
    Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

  13. I use it to keep things fresh like your fridge, shoes, packed up clothes

  14. I use baking soda and vinegar to unplug my sinks, also use baking soda in my wash is removes grease off my husband clothing.

  15. My favourite baking soda secret is to put it in my cat’s litterbox to help reduce odours.

  16. Baking soda is great for so many things, from whitening my teeth to cleaning my stove top, plus I like to sprinkle some on the carpet before vacuuming too!

  17. I use baking soda along with vinegar in my sinks to make the drains smell better and run better

  18. After washing my veggies and fruit I put it in a jar of applecider vinegar and baking soda then rinse again.

  19. My favourite baking soda secret is to use it in my family’s bath water to soften their skin!

  20. I have to admit that I don’t have a baking soda secret… but I’m greatly enjoying those that others have posted above! Very helpful! I need to try it for cleaning apparently! 😉 Thanks for the chance to win a great looking prize

  21. I don’t have any baking soda secret! I use it in my fridge and freezer to prevent odors and in the bath tub to soften my skin.

  22. when your kid throws up on carpet putting baking soda on it helps to absorb the smell and get out the stain

  23. I put baking soda on a pouch with essential oils and place it in my shoe and coat closet to refresh the it at all times.

  24. I just used a baking soda paste on my little grandaughter to ease mosquito bites, it really helped.

  25. My mom taught me to sprinkle it on counter-top stains and then scrub them away!!!!

  26. I put baking soda in my travel trailer fridge at the end of the camping season to keep it from getting mildew while in storage

  27. My best use of baking soda so far is to use it as a teeth whitener. On our bucket list this summer, my daughter would like us to make homemade bath bombs together with baking soda and essential oils.

  28. I add baking soda to my cats litter box to keep it fresh longer.

  29. My favorite is to mix it with vinegar and use it to clean.

  30. we use it in the fridge and freezer to prevent smells

  31. I use it to deoderize our cat litter and to keep our fridge and freezer fresh.

  32. Relieve insect bites ! Make a simple paste of water and baking soda and apply as a salve onto affected skin!

  33. I sprinkle baking soda in the litter boxes, helps keep odour away.

  34. I always used baking soda in my kids running shoes and other sport shoes. Just let it sit overnight and then put it down the drain in the morning. Works every time and does double duty cleaning the drains.

  35. just add sunglasses, some cold drinks and a book for everyone and it’s perfect!

  36. I use baking soda and lavender essential oil to deodorize carpet, car upholstery, beds, and especially my dog bed

  37. ok I keep baking soda in the fridge and freezer… and when baking I have to say cow brand (so I don’t grab the baking POWDER by mistake lol)

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  38. Pour baking soda and vinegar down the sink to clean the drain.

  39. My baking soda secret is that I put it in my grey tanks of my trailer to keep the odor down..

  40. My favourite way to use baking soda is to keep my fridge smelling fresh

  41. I make a paste of it with water and use it to scrub surfaces that I need to clean.

  42. I like to use it for my sink drains and also the dishwasher to freshen it up every month.

  43. I use Arm & Hammer baking soda in the final stages of boiling down my maple syrup so that if there are any dirt particles left that were missed they come to the top in the foam and can be scooped off.

  44. Baking Soda (I use the box that I keep in the fridge to prevent odours) & vinegar clears out the drain,

  45. Baking soda is incredible for adding to laundry,(as is vinegar terrific for setting vibrant colours initially on the first washing)…I use baking soda exclusively for cleaning all my pots and pans.

  46. It is not really a secret but my use for baking soda is to deodorize my fridge.

  47. I put a box of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down my kitchen drain to keep it sweet smelling

  48. I like to use the old baking soda from my fridge for a volcano in my kitchen sink with some vinegar. It is fun for my grandchildren and really keeps the kitchen drain smelling nice.

  49. I use a box of baking soda in my fridge to keep out odors. Its not really a secret though lol 🙂

  50. I like to use baking soda in the washing machine with my loads to boost deodorizing the clothes.

  51. I use a little baking soda and water to soak pots with burnt residue in them. I leave it overnight and then just wash in the morning. Usually the stuff comes right off.

  52. I keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to keep the insides smelling fresh.

  53. I use baking soda with glue and contact solution to make my kids some slime!

  54. I like to use it to brush my teeth with to help keep them white.

  55. I make a baking soda paste to make all the taps sparkle like new – it’s as close to a magazine as any part of the house will ever get!

  56. I like to use it to clean my jewelry, scrub the bathroom and kept in the fridge

  57. I use it with vinegar to keep the drains clean. I also use it in my wash to help eliminate ordors.

  58. Baking Soda & water ….make into paste and place on any stains in carpet …leave for a few hours or until dry then vacuum up …the stain is gone …great for when animals or kids are sick on the carpet

  59. Baking soda in the kids shoes overnight to help get rid of the stink !

  60. It’s great to clean coffee stained mugs – once they’re soaked with a teaspoon of baking soda, the stains come off like magic!

  61. I use baking soda to clean the grease on the tiles at the back of my stove

  62. I use baking soda together with my detergent to give my laundry that extra boost.

  63. I like to use it for general household cleaning, so many things it can tackle!

  64. I like to add vinegar to the rinse cycle of the wash,it leave clothes and towels soft and sparkling clean.

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