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She did it! My wife came camping with us!!

She doesn’t like that me and the boys have made such a big deal out of it. “I have gone camping before, you know,” Sure she reminded me each time I cheered that she was with us. And, sure, she has been camping before – 20 years ago. Since I started camping with the boys a half dozen years ago, however, she has never once joined us.

Until this weekend. And it was awesome.

camping collage

And it was a big deal. And we were thrilled to have her along! Sure, she whined a little bit about the dirt and bugs, and the night was cold and sleepless, but having Mama crank out s’mores, help cleanup and spend some time as a family in the great outdoors was wonderful.

She said she might even join us a second time (if I buy a trailer to replace the tent)! LOL!

If you haven’t already gotten lost in the woods, it’s time to dig in the attic, the back of the garage, or wherever you have the sleeping bags and camp stoves kept and plan a summer escape to take in some of the beautiful sights this country has to offer. 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 Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, and Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion 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.

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. yes, we pack the tablets too, because when we go camping we like to watch Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark in the tent. It’s a tradition!

Our rainy day kit also includes small LEGO packs. The boys have takeaway bags they can play with in the back seat and in our second tent that we designated as “the playroom.”

LEGO Camping

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. Our awesome s’mores hack is to stuff the chocolate inside the hollowed out bit when you pull the marshmallow off the stick – it gets so melty.

Camping Smore

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. For me, I also include Dr Scholl’s Blister Cushions in the packs for those long hikes up the side of a mountain.

family mountain

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.

Muskol camping

These five essential kits will ensure you can enjoy your summer escapes, and focus on which Instagram filter you want to post with rather than running out to the nearest shop for sunscreen and marshmallows!

What else would you guys include on your summer escape list? I’m going to give you a chance to win all the things, right here:


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Terms and Conditions:

  • The prize pack (shown above) includes Tinactin®Athlete’s Foot Super Absorbent Powder, Muskol® Insect Repellent Aerosol, CanesOral® CombiPak, Canesten® ComforTab, CanesBalance®, Aleve® Liquid gels, Dr. Scholl’s® Blister Cushions with Duragel™ Technology, Coppertone Kids® Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60, Coppertone ClearlySheer® Face SPF 50, Coppertone ClearlySheer® Spray SPF 50, Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 30, AERIUS® Claritin® Kids, and is valued at approximately $250
  • Winner must be a Canadian resident, excluding Quebec
  • Prize must be accepted as awarded. This prize is not transferable, cannot be exchanged for value or applied to previous purchases and is not redeemable for cash or equivalent. Other restrictions may apply.
  • Please use personal social media accounts. Contest only accounts, or anonymous egg profile accounts will be removed from entry at the judges discretion.
  • Contest winner will be notified by email on July 27, 2017. The prize will be shipped to the winner.

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

CanesOral Combi-Pak 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® 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 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection, and delivers protection of Canada’s most trusted sun-care brand. 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 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 ® 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. GUARANTEE: DEET 23.5%

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  1. Brenda Penton July 9, 2017 at 3:09 am

    I love going to my in-laws cabin but the flies eat me alive! The Muskol Insect Repellent would be great to take.

  2. lori a butler July 10, 2017 at 6:54 am

    I love sitting in the backyard at night watching tv and the insect repellent would be great to keep the skeeters away.

  3. Juliee Fitze July 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Going to Edmonton to visit my son and my grandkids and the Coppertone Clearly Sheer sun screen would be great to use in their sun.

  4. Karla Sceviour July 10, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I love going on road trips,and doing some hiklng and going to the beach. The Muskol Insect Repellent would be great,because the flies love my blood!

  5. Sarah July 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    You can never have enough sunscreen and bug spray.
    Something else that would be useful is bear spray.
    I use everything in the box, so it would be awesome to win it

  6. Andrea Amy July 11, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    We are going to Victoria next month. It will be our first road trip in 9 years (starting from Calgary) so it should be quite the adventure. We’re taking 4 of our boys with us (my oldest is grown and on his own). We could definitely use the Coppertone to keep us sun burn free.

  7. Victoria Ess July 12, 2017 at 5:36 am

    We go camping in Ontario every summer and sunscreen and bug repellent are musts!

  8. Glogirl July 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    My favourite summer escape is going on shopping trips to find new stores and searching for treasures at thrift stores. For this adventure I do a lot of walking and need the Dr. Scholl’s® Blister Cushions with Duragel™ Technology!

  9. Tina L. July 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    We like going to the beach so having sunscreen is essential.

  10. Soozle July 15, 2017 at 4:25 am

    I love going camping – so the bugspray would be handy!

  11. Jonnie July 17, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    My favortie summer escape is getting out on the lake fishing. Muskol would come in really handy out there as well as all of the Coppertone sun products.

  12. Stephanie July 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    We love the park and would definitely need mosquito repellent if we go in the evening!

  13. Maritess July 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Ou family summer escape is camping and we make sure to bring mosquito repellant.

  14. Athena July 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I would have to say sunscreen – we love the beach!

  15. Krista M July 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    My favorite summer escape is camping near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. We do a lot of hiking and a blister can ruin the trip. I have tried the Dr. Scholl’s blister cushions & they are seriously amazing! Plus we got eaten alive by mosquitos so the Muskol would be #1 on my list for next year!

  16. wendy hutton July 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    love going to Banff and the suncreen is a must as I burn easily

  17. Amy Heffernan July 24, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Ahhhh to the beach! The sunscreen would be very much needed. Thanks!

  18. Christine Murray July 24, 2017 at 6:58 am

    The bug spray. I am allergic to mosquito bites. I can not go out in summer without it.

  19. Joni July 24, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I’ve camped in my backyard but last year I went ‘roughing’ it. A phone charger would have been awesome! as would a flashlight, lucky phone has one. Fortunately the mosquitoes weren’t bad

  20. ivy pluchinsky July 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    We love going to the beach and the sunscreen would really come in handy!

  21. Tara Betterley July 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    My favorite getaway is the trailer. Love that we can travel to new locations across the province. I would find the bug spray so handy for those buggy locations.

  22. Melinda July 24, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    My favourite summer escape is relaxing at the lake. Muskol comes in handy for those pesky mosquitos!

  23. HEIDI C. July 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    We love hiking in summer but are mosquito magnets! The Muskol would be a handy product to have on hand.

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