If you live in Michigan (especially southeast Michigan), you know what it means to go ‘up north.’ It’s Michigan’s version of the Hamptons. Instead of heading East like New Yorkers do, we head ‘north’ for summer weekends. Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior have beautiful beaches, not to mention the thousands of inland lakes that offer swimming and boating fun.
We’ve been traveling to the Upper Peninsula for vacations for as long as I can remember. Right outside of Newberry we have a little cottage on a small inland lake. It’s pretty much the only place I can visit and really ‘check out,’ since there is absolutely no internet or cell phone service.
Before heading up to the UP, I had to really make sure I had everything I needed, since there isn’t much around in terms of drugstores or grocery stores. The closest drugstore is 15 miles away! I made a special trip to Meijer just to make sure we had everything we needed. Here are my essentials for a summer road trip with kids:
SPF: I like Neutrogena, but there is a huge selection at Meijer. I’ve also tried the Meijer brand for kids and it worked it well.
A beach bag or large tote: Meijer has a huge selection of totes and beach bags. I usually carry a bigger bag on vacation filled with everything I might need for a day at the beach or on the go.
New toys: I like to buy cheap $1-$2 toys, activity and sticker books for car ride distractions. Meijer has a great selection of these on end caps and in the book section.
Other items I make sure to always have on for vacations are:
- Johnson & Johnson Hand & Face wipes for sticky hands and spills
- travel size shampoos and soaps (becauase I travel for work, I have a constant supply of these on hand)
- healthy snacks for the car and beach
- case of water for the car
Using the mPerks app you can easily save on all of the above, as well as earn reward dollars to be saved on future shopping trips. Using the app, you can clip coupons on the go (or in the checkout lane!) to save money. It’s one of the main reasons I go to Meijer – the app is so easy to use and I’ve saved hundreds already this year alone. I high recommend signing up if you haven’t already!
What are your summer trip must-haves?
*This post was sponsored by Meijer, but all thoughts are my own.