5 Gal Pal Road Tripping Essentials
*I received free samples from Procter and Gamble in preparation of writing this piece. This post reflects my personal opinion and was not influenced by the sponsors.
With today’s economy and airfares still on the rise, road trips near and far have become a tantalizing travel alternative for many of us.
What better way for you and the girls to bond and gossip than on a road trip? But first things first: our list of all the essentials you’ll need before you hit the road.
#1 – Car Fresheners
Being able to “breathe happy” in your vehicle is of utmost importance, especially if you’re going to be cooped up in such a small space for hours. So before you reach for your bottle of vanilla body spritz to cover up some unfortunate odours, try a car freshener like the new Febreze CAR Vent Clips. These babies clip right onto your air vent and are designed to eliminate unpleasant odours, not just cover them up for up to 30 days (on low, under ambient conditions).
It’s not always practical to drive with windows open all the time, and let’s be real—ladies have occasional B.O. and digestive “situations” just like everyone else.
#2 – Tunes & Tales
Obviously, entertainment is non-negotiable. We load up our electronics with fun driving tunes like: Our Lips Are Sealed by the Go-Go’s, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Madonna’s Holiday, Sheryl Crow’s Every Day Is a Winding Road, Beautiful Day by U2, Barracuda by Heart, War’s Low Rider, and Bad Girls by Donna Summer.
Books on CD are another great idea. Check out The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister, a very funny, very girlie read.
#3 – Chick-friendly Snacks
We all need to eat and watch our girlish figures right? Finger foods are the easiest, so stock your partitioned Tupperware sets with veggies and dip, pretzels, cheese and crackers, chicken salad wraps, chocolate and anything else you’re craving. Water is important, but if you like a little kick, throw in a few pouches of Crystal Light or flavoured sparkling waters like La Croix.
#4 – Beauty Supplies
We are women, after all, so we surely can’t forget a few basic cosmetic supplies. Cuticle cream, peppermint foot & leg cream, a quality lip balm, and rich facial moisturizer are all good to have on hand because of dehydrating effects your car’s radiator-warmed air in the car have on your skin plus the long periods of sitting. It’s quite similar to air travel if you think about it.
#5 – Safety Essentials
Stay safe and always ensure you keep a first-aid kit and jumper cables in your car. Double check that your jack and spare tire are in good condition and remember to top off all fluids (wiper fluid, oil, etc) before you hit the road.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have a blast on your trip and take lots of photos!
Are you hankering for a Gal Pal Road Trip? Don’t forget to enter our contest for your chance to win a $100 gas gift card plus a CAR Vent Clip from Febreze!
* No purchase necessary. Limit of one entry per person. Open only to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec), must be age of majority. Contest closes April 29, 2012. Skill testing question required. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Total approximate retail value of Febreze Car prize pack is $102.99 CDN. See full rules.
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UPDATE: Winners of the Febreze giveaway have been announced!
As the weather is getting warmer I've been thinking about road tripping this summer with my friends, I can't wait for the arrival of summer!
@Takoda: you enter once and we'll draw for all of the prizes at the end of the contest (there is 1 grand prize and 8 second place prizes - check the Rules/Regs page).
Question for ya's, I don't see where it says how many time's this can be entered. Can we enter more then one time and is this the same contest that was up a few weeks ago, or a new one?
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