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Summer Escapes, Don’t Leave Home Without These Essentials

Summer Escapes, Don't Leave Home Without These Essentials

Summer Escapes, Don’t Leave Home Without These Essentials

On Thursday my family and I headed off to our annual weekend getaway to Ontario’s capital Ottawa. To enjoy some sun and splash at one of our favourite water attractions Calypso Water Park  Click Here to Read We were anxiously counting down the days to leave but not before this mama got down to business preparing for this trip. One important aspect of taking family trips is making sure the essentials that we need are properly packed and labelled. Prior to taking family trips, I like to have my to-do list of things that I need to get done before we leave as well as a list I like to name Summer Escapes, Don’t leave home without these essentials. Then I like to decorate the title and make all fun and colourful to put me in the vacation mood.

On my list, there are essentials that we need to have an enjoyable trip outdoors as well as kid-friendly things to keep the kids entertained in the car. So being that July has gotten off on the right foot I wanted to share my 5 essentials that make summer getaways memorable without the stress and fuss of forgetting things at home. 

Summer Escapes, Don't Leave Home Without These Essentials

Essential #1 Sun Care

Sun care is so important all year round, in the Summer especially the sun’s rays can be much more damaging to the skin. My family always makes sure that they leave the house with hats sunglasses, a water bottle and sunscreen, One of our favourite sunscreens to use if Coppertone Clearly sheer SPF 50, for days when the kids and hubby are playing sports outdoors Coppertone Sport SPF 30 has been amazingly good. If you have younger kids the kids SPF 60 is great too.  *tip* reapply every 2 hours 

Essential #2 Those pesky rainy days

I know you will agree when I say how tired I am with all the frequent rains days we have been having. For those days when we can’t get outdoors while on our trip but the kids still need to be entertained we always pack a deck of Uno cards. They never get tired of it and it’s a great way to spend quality time with the family without an electronic device in sight.

Essential #3 Snack Kit

Need I say more! All of you mamas know that the way to keep kids quiet on a long road trip is snacks.  Gold Fish is our friend for snacks!

Summer Escapes, Don't Leave Home Without These Essentials

Essential #4 Women only kit

It’s time to get personal and talk about this creeper, that most of us women are ashamed to admit or talk about. With summer in full swing, we spend so much time at the beach or in a pool on the flipside that means we spend hours in wet soggy bathing suits which is incredibly bad for our lady parts. Yeast infections are annoying and they can ruin your getaway if they get unbearable. I always carry around a few different options just in case like Canes-Oral or the Combi-pak so that I am prepared for any unwanted itching.

Essential #5 Summertime = bugs!

We never leave home without our insect repellent, with all the rain that we have had this season there is a lot of stagnant waters especially when we like to talk walks in wooded areas. Nothing is more annoying than swatting away unwanted mosquitos, Muskol has been one of our favourite insect repellants for years it has 8 hours of wear and wards off mosquitos, black flies and ticks too which is a growing issue in Canada.

CanesOral Combi-Pak

  • CanesOral® is an effective, clinically proven, single-dose oral treatment that can be taken anytime anywhere, and is the #1 oral vaginal antifungal product recommended by doctors & pharmacists.
  • It works systemically to stop vaginal yeast infections. (Cures most vaginal yeast infections)
  • Includes cream to soothe the external itching and burning
  • Symptom relief usually starts within 24 hours

Coppertone ClearlySheer®

  • Coppertone® ClearlySheer® sunscreens deliver trusted, broad spectrum protection in delightfully light, refreshing formulas that barely leave a trace on the skin. They absorb quickly, feel clean and light on the skin, and won’t clog pores or cause breakouts. The ClearlySheer® line is designed with her specific needs in mind, and unlike any Coppertone, she’s ever tried before.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30

  • Coppertone Sport sunscreens provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection . Coppertone Sport SPF 30 sunscreens’ light, breathable formula is specially formulated for active adults. Retaining its SPF for up to 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating, you’ll be able to concentrate on your game knowing you’re protected.

Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60

  • Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60 is a non-irritating, hypoallergenic sunscreen lotion that provides broad UVA/UVB spectrum protection, keeping your kids protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Waterproof, so it’s ideal for water-loving kids! Retains SPF after 80 minutes of activity in the water or sweating. Contains Avobenzone and other sunscreen ingredients; PABA Free. 

Muskol 230g Aerosol

  • Muskol® Insect Repellent Aerosol has a long heritage of providing effective protection.
  • Developed in 1951 by Colonel C. H. Coll, an avid Canadian outdoorsman, Muskol® Insect Repellent Aerosol provides 8 hours of effective protection against mosquitoes
  • It also repels black flies, biting midges, deer flies, stable flies, ticks and chiggers.


So there you have it my 5 essentials we never leave home without during our summer escapes. Since I love all of these items and I am confident that everyone needs them as well I am having a small giveaway of my essentials plus more valued at $250. All you have to do is follow the instruction below on how to enter. This giveaway is OPEN to ALL CANADIANS excluding Quebec

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  • Reply Alicia Boisvert

    Some things I have planned this summer well I just went to the 90s Concert tour which I had planned and did that yesterday night. I plan to go camping up at Boston bar, BC and ride the side by side, quad and my youngest son practice on his dirt bike and kids quad. I plan on boating hopefully this weekend or next. I am definitely going to the waterslides and will be heading to the movie theatre to see the new Spider-Man homecoming movie. That’s about it so far for this summer.

    10/07/2017 at 7:53 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds exciting!

      11/07/2017 at 11:35 pm
  • Reply aboyandhismom1

    All of these are must haves for travelling! With my son’s blond hair, we can’t step out the door without slathering him up with sunscreen.

    10/07/2017 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Courtney

    We’ve got a few camping trips planned and a cottage vacation in August!

    10/07/2017 at 8:06 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds amazing

      11/07/2017 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Margo b

    road trip, not sure where probably Ottawa or Quebec City

    10/07/2017 at 8:20 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      We just took a road trip to Ottawa and came back on Saturday

      11/07/2017 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Juliee Fitze

    I am heading to Edmonton on Wed. for two weeks to see my grandkids and son.

    10/07/2017 at 9:36 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Its great to spend time with family

      11/07/2017 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Florence Cochrane

    My daughter is coming for a visit and we are doing a road trip .Love the generous bunch of products.

    10/07/2017 at 10:16 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds like fun, they are great products

      11/07/2017 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins)

    Cant leave home without sunscreen. I have super fair skin and I burn so easily!

    10/07/2017 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Yeah that sucks when you have fair skin you have to be very careful

      12/07/2017 at 12:09 am
  • Reply try small things

    I’d love to escape to a water park with my kiddos (they’ve never been!) — we could use some of that Coppertone Kids’ sunscreen! 🙂

    10/07/2017 at 11:24 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Oh Julie, you need to take them to calypso water park in Limoges its just east of ottawa, they will love it and so will you

      12/07/2017 at 12:08 am
  • Reply Hey Sharonoox

    These are great summer essentials. I need the sunscreen and muskol in my life. I attract mosquitoes more than anyone else I know and this product sounds awesome.

    10/07/2017 at 12:46 pm
  • Reply Nancy T

    So far this summer….Wonderland (we’re at 4 visits since we got our passes), Swim Camp, cottage in Haliburton…Still to come…Beach Camp, more Wonderland, Niagara, cottage in Haliburton and wherever else we wander! Sunscreen and bug spray are musts on all of our travels.

    10/07/2017 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Wow 4 visits already that is awesome!

      11/07/2017 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply Steve Bobula

    My Summer Essential Escape would be to load myself in the Truck and Drive West from Alberta

    10/07/2017 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      You should do it!

      11/07/2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply andrea amy (@mommy2fiveboys)

    We are planning a road trip from Calgary to Victoria next month. My kids have never been before.

    10/07/2017 at 2:28 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I bet they will love the road trip

      11/07/2017 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply kristen visser

    This summer we are going to make a couple trips to Collingwood to visit my in-laws. We are hoping to take out daughters to Ripley’s Aquarium and The Toronto Zoo for their first time

    10/07/2017 at 2:41 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I have been to both, my old house backed on to the Zoo your daughter will love it

      11/07/2017 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc

    Your list of summer must-haves is awesome! You pretty much covered every need that may arise during vacations. I love that you included a Canes Oral. As much as we practice personal hygiene, there are times when our resistance gets low that we become prone to such infections.

    10/07/2017 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That is so true our resistance does get low

      12/07/2017 at 12:09 am
  • Reply Liz Mays

    These are definitely good choices for summer days! I need to make sure I don’t get any sunburn or mosquito bites.

    10/07/2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply parentingpatch

    I am all about sun protection and insect protection. I never leave home without putting on sunscreen (and I carry some in my purse). I also keep bug repellent on hand at all times!

    10/07/2017 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That is what I call being prepared!

      11/07/2017 at 11:42 pm
  • Reply Judy Cowan

    We have lots of camping time planned for this summer. Definitely lots of helpful products in this prize!

    10/07/2017 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Have fun camping! the products are very good

      11/07/2017 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply edmontonjb

    We have planned some road trips, camping and fishing.


    10/07/2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Bruke B

    What a great box of fabulous items! We plan on some trips to the amusement park, water park and the beach. Thanks

    10/07/2017 at 6:47 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Yes we have alot of days planned to visit beaches as well. The items in the giveaway are great!

      11/07/2017 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Erika Letson

    We’ve planned a road trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario and several trips to the beach!

    10/07/2017 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply crystal porter

    A couple of weddings, camping and road trips.

    10/07/2017 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I love weddings! Have fun

      11/07/2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Jenny (@jnylala)

    Some summer escapes that we have planned this summer are a camping trip, visiting the grandparents, and going to a amusement park.

    10/07/2017 at 7:57 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      sounds like you have a busy summer ahead of you

      11/07/2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Nicolthepickle (@Nicolthepickle)

    We’re hoping to get to the zoo, but on “normal” days, lots of picnics.

    10/07/2017 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Lol what are normal days? The zoo is always crazy here

      11/07/2017 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Julie F

    We are off to Prince Edward County for a few days

    10/07/2017 at 8:49 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Have fun!

      11/07/2017 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Alison Braidwood

    I’m going to Montreal next weekend. Woohoo! Can’t wait.

    10/07/2017 at 9:15 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds lovely I have always wanted to visit montreal

      11/07/2017 at 11:30 pm
  • Reply beewbedard

    we are hoping to go camping this summer

    10/07/2017 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That is awesome what campground will you be staying at?

      11/07/2017 at 11:29 pm
  • Reply Maritess S

    We plan to go strawberry picking and hopefully get a lot to make our own jams.

    10/07/2017 at 11:33 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I have always wanted to do that as well

      11/07/2017 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Julie bolduc

    Next week we are going to Toronto for a week with the kids and my sister’s family

    10/07/2017 at 11:54 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds like a great trip

      11/07/2017 at 11:27 pm
  • Reply just1mommysopinion

    I would love to win this prize pack. I tweeted to enter the giveaway and then realized it was only open to Canadians 🙁 But this will be awesome for someone to win. Every women needs these essentials!

    10/07/2017 at 11:55 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Awe thats okay I plan on having a giveaway for my us friends soon

      11/07/2017 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur

    We are escaping to London England this summer.

    11/07/2017 at 12:19 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I have always wanted to visit there, have fun!

      11/07/2017 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Pam

    What a great giveaway! I did not know that you could get an over the counter oral med for vaginal yeast. Good to know. I am staying home this summer but hope to do some traveling this fall.

    11/07/2017 at 12:35 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Yeah it is a great giveaway and you sure can get over the counter meds for yeast

      11/07/2017 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply lori b

    hoping on a trip to east coast

    11/07/2017 at 9:06 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sound good where exactly are you thinking of going?

      11/07/2017 at 11:25 pm
  • Reply Gina Fleury

    We are going camping around our local provincial campgrounds with our children.

    11/07/2017 at 9:40 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That sounds like a fabulous idea

      11/07/2017 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Debbie F

    My escape getaway will be floating down the river.

    11/07/2017 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Sounds like fun! Float on girl

      11/07/2017 at 11:20 pm
  • Reply Kelley Moore

    We are planning to go to our cottage in August for a few weeks

    11/07/2017 at 7:45 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Very nice I have always wanted to hang out at a cottage for a weekend

      11/07/2017 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply lisa bolduc

    we are going in a train trip from Ottawa to toronto

    11/07/2017 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Yay! I just came back from Ottawa on Saturday I live just outside of Toronto

      11/07/2017 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply Michelle W

    Sadly no summer escapes planned as of yet, but this prize would be great if we decide to go camping one weekend

    11/07/2017 at 10:55 pm
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I have never been camping I hope you have a great weekend if you do get to camp

      11/07/2017 at 11:19 pm
  • Reply jeanne69

    We have a camping trip planed and taking our boat out fishing with our grandchildren

    12/07/2017 at 12:29 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      That’s sounds Amazing. I hope to take my kids fishing too this summer

      12/07/2017 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Leeanne c

    We are planning some camping for the summer for relaxing and we are also gonna visit family

    12/07/2017 at 2:05 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      Sounds like a great summer you have planned

      12/07/2017 at 11:12 am
  • Reply ivy pluchinsky

    We have lots of beach and pool days planned, and going to a family wedding in August.

    12/07/2017 at 11:05 am
    • Reply Ma Belle Vie

      I love weddings especially in the summer.

      12/07/2017 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Jim

    That is an incredible kit. I think it is well thought out and very practical. Thank you for sharing.

    13/07/2017 at 8:41 am
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