Summer Road Trip Essentials

This is a sponsored post by Johnson & Johnson and  Momtrends. As always, all opinions are my own. 

It’s July 4th Week and ’tis the season for the Great American Family Summer Road Trip. This past weekend, we kicked off the end of the girls’ school year and the start of the summer with a road trip to one of our favorite places, Hershey Park, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

From our place in New York City, it takes about 3-hours and is a very pleasant trip through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We only go for the weekend, but boy, do we pack a ton of stuff. There’s always the many clothes, shoes, bathing suits and toiletries that we always have to pack, but since it’s a road-trip, we also have a list of our road trip essentials like:

1) Healthy snacks and drinks to keep our bellies full.

2) Gum because my girls tend to get car sick.

3) Enough napkins and wet wipes to clean up any messes.

4) Books, crayons & paper, electronics to keep the girls entertained.

5) First Aid Kit in case of any emergencies.

We are on a road trip, and we are going to an amusement park where anything could go wrong, and I want to be prepared…because you just never know. Besides medicine that can take care of any aches and pains, our first aid kit consisted of: some fun “Monsters U”-themed Band-Aid® Bandages, perfect for the kids (because, for heaven’s sake, the kids can’t use “plain” Band-Aid Bandages!); for the adults, Flexible Fabric Band-Aid® Bandages with Quiltvent™;  Benadryl® Anti-Itch Gel for Kids, Benadryl® Readymist Itch Stopping Spray, and Neosporin® Neo to Go!®

Luckily, the girls didn’t need anything from our first aid kit, but the Benadryl products did come in handy when I got mosquito bites on my leg (I am THE human mosquito magnet) when we were in the park. Application of the Benadryl Readymist Itch Stopping Spray was easy. I even used the kid’s Benadryl Anti-Itch Gel for more protection. Both products worked fast and I stopped scratching almost immediately. Needless to say, I was very glad I had it on hand. Also, what I liked about our First Aid Kit was that it didn’t add any bulk or weight in my back-pack as I walked through Hershey Park. It’s carry-case was also water-proof so I knew the contents would stay dry if I went on a water ride.

Basically what we did was we got wet in the Spray Ground, swam in the wave pool, rode many rides and screamed our heads off on many roller coasters (well, actually, my older tween did — not me). Bottom line is that we all had a memory-filled, fun family weekend, where there were lots of smiles and laughs, and very few tears.

And I had peace of mind that no matter what we were doing, or where we were, I was prepared for any cut, scrape or insect bite thanks to my first aid kit.

What will you take with you on your family trips this summer?