Summer is a time for travel–from weekend get-aways to long road trips. And whether you’re staying in 5-star hotels, roughing it in a national park, or off to sleep away camp, there are some easy things you can do while on the go to help keep your car, belongings and surroundings cleaner and healthier for you and your family.
As a kid I remember too well those long rides where all six of us piled into the family station wagon and drove from upstate New York to Miami. My parents still joke that I would rather hold it in for two days then use a public bathroom (here are some tips!). I never made it into the book of Guinness World Records but I have learned a few tricks along the way.
Follow these 5 tips, and your vacation is sure to be safer, cleaner, and more fun!
- Prepare the car: Filling up with gas, having a good GPS or map and a clean car are essential. To clean your car, you’ll need a garbage can, vacuum cleaner, paper towels and non-toxic, odor free, cleaning spray. Pull all the car mats out of the car and shake them out really well, vacuum and then believe it or not you should be able to wash those mats in your washing machine and hang to dry. I do! One major helpful tip: Before and After you vacuum, clean the head of the vacuum cleaner with a sanitizing spray or solution. This prevents the transfer of viruses and other nasty germs from being spread around
- Traveling and potty training: I recommend taking a small portable potty in the car. Bring extra baggies. Double bag check for holes and line the potty with the bags. It’s as simple as that. Takes the stress right out of the drive. Just use a wipe for your child’s bottom, Tie a knot in the bag when they’re done and dispose in the nearest trash. Replace the bag for the next round.
- Packing: Put your shoes in disposable plastic shopping bags before putting them in your suitcase
- Packing for sleep away camp: Remember an extra pair of flip flops used just for the bunk shower. Mark them SHOWER ONLY. Also, pack dust mite covers for both the pillow and the mattress. My kids will also go with a Dr. Doormat for the entrance of the bunk.
- Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen: My BFF of sunscreens is the Walgreen’s brand for sensitive skin, SPF 70. My daughter’s skin is like milk and this one works. Don’t forget hats, sunglasses and rash guard shirts for swimming.
May Every Step You take Be Healthy!
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Dr. Doormat, Inc.