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School just let out a few days ago in our area, and we’re about to start our summer of crazy travels (I KNOW! We’re at the end of June!) I know I’ve talked about traveling with kids, how to make things easier for them and what not to forget when it comes to the kids during the summer. But who’s looking out for us? The adults? The moms? I’m as guilty as the next mom when it comes to taking care of myself, but this summer I think I’m prepared. I have everything from summertime skin care essentials to snacks to get me through our summer outings.
In less than a week we’ll be traveling across the state to do a day trip at a zoo and then spend a few days with family. Next month, the kids and I will be flying to DC to do some sightseeing before driving to New York with my husband to see more family. It’s a lot of traveling by plane and automobile – and many nights spent in hotels. I’m sure we’re going to see our fair share of sunshine, which means I need to be over prepared. I am especially concerned with our summertime skin care. Good thing I can stock up easily at Target this summer.
This is everything I’m making sure I have packed and ready to go:
Moisturizer – I like for my makeup and moisturizers to contain sunscreen – just in case I miss a spot, or the sunscreen rubs off during the day. So first things first – the Neutrogena® Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer with sunscreen – SPF 50! I don’t know how I’ve gone this long in life without a moisturizer with a higher SPF, but this is lightweight and not greasy. And considering Neutrogena is the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for skin care, I’m going to be using this a lot.
Sunscreen – I don’t leave home without it. I have been using the Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunscreen for a couple of summers. I keep one in my car, one in my bag and a bottle at home just in case I happen to be without my bag or my car and we need to grab it. I prefer the higher SPF and I can use it on my entire family when we’re on the go. It isn’t greasy so I don’t mind reapplying it mid-day.
Cleansing Wipes – Have you tried the Neutrogena® Pink Grapefruit Wipes? Oh how I love these towelettes. I use them for cleaning my face or when I need a little refreshing. DC is not a cool spot temperature wise. And Eastern NC in June is no picnic. These wipes are going to be used often this summer.
Sunglasses – I have two pairs of sunglasses. One is a back-up pair in my car. One pair I wear almost always. It is not unusual for me to have a pair of sunglasses on the top of my head because I think they’re also cute accessories. But I don’t want a ton of wrinkles around my eyes, and sunglasses are a must – year-round.
Eye makeup remover – At the end of the day, after I’ve cleaned most of my face, I have to battle eye makeup, and that’s where the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover comes in. If nothing else, I always make sure my eye makeup has been removed before I go to bed. Always.
Lip balm – I don’t like to go out with naked lips. My makeup will go on as usual, but I tend to reapply lip balm at least once during the day. So I’m making sure I don’t leave this behind and I have lip balm and Neutrogena’s MoistureSmooth color stick as part of my bag.
Snacks – No trip is complete without snacks. That goes for in-town trips or the coastal trips we’re going to be making. A snack mix or trail mix is ideal for traveling. They give you a little more energy and are relatively healthy.
A water bottle – Each family member has a water bottle, and I like to fill them up with ice on really hot days so we’ll have cooler water as we’re embarking on our outdoor adventures. Stay hydrated, friends!
You can easily toss these items into a clear bag for toting around and giving you the ability to find everything on the fly.
Right now, when you buy 3 select Neutrogena products you can get a $5 Target GiftCard. This offer is good at Target in-store and online from 6/25 – 7/1.
Oh and a few tips to make things easier for your kids:
- Snacks. I keep a lot of snacks on hand for my kids to have in the car or when we’re in the middle of an activity. (I can’t afford a ton of the overpriced snacks, and I don’t want to fill them with junk.)
- Try to stick to a regular nap schedule. And if your child will sleep in the car, plan for car travel during that time. (This is easy with my youngest, not always simple with my oldest child.)
- Keep simple activities and books for your child(ren) in the car. Both of my children like books, and it’s a matter of having multiple books for each of them to hold their interested longer than 5 minutes.
- During rest stops, plan for time that your kids can stretch their legs – and run! Find a grassy area and give them some time to get the excess energy out.
- Go with the flow. Enjoy the trip and try not to schedule too much into an outing.
I think we’re ready for our trip to the zoo and anything else we might come upon this summer!
How are you taking care of yourself this summer?