Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Tips ‘n Tricks for Surviving Summer

Jun 09, 2015 03:35AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) Whether you are planning staycations or hitting the road for a longer journey, summer is a time of festivities and gatherings. When getting together with family and friends, take advantage of these tips and tricks for surviving summer.

  • Be a Summer Shenanigan Prepper: Admit it…music festivals, backyard barbecues and summer outings can get a little messy. Fortunately, with just a little preparation, you’ll be ready for whatever you choose to do this summer. Keep a back-up party kit on hand with necessities like suntan lotion, water, snacks and towels, as well as baby powder to help remove sand from your skin quickly and easily. Also consider buying a pack of inexpensive white t-shirts so you have a low-cost change of shirts that can easily be turned into a rag if the event and your shirt get too messy.
  • Reward Yourself for Summer Travel: You should be rewarded for your summer travel. However, you aren’t a magician, so avoid the smoke and mirrors and don’t fall for points-based rewards programs that create an illusion of loyalty. Points programs often require complicated redemptions and limited ways to collect. A simpler way to save is participating in rewards programs that offer cash back and automatic discounts that consistently put money back in your wallet. For travelers hitting the road this summer, BP’s refreshed Driver Rewards program gives drivers three choices for saving – for every $100 they spend, they can earn .25 cents per gallon on future fill-ups. Plus, BP allows participants to enter their phone number at the pump to make earning and redeeming rewards easy.
  • Live Like Locals: Skip the touristy restaurants on the main drag and look for the diners and dives that locals prefer for a real taste of the area. Make a point to find out what the locals do for fun at night. Expand the activities you can choose from by inserting yourself in the action for memorable experiences that you can boast about for years to come.
  • Avoid Letting Money Melt Away: During hot summer days, purchasing multiple bags of ice can melt your money away. Plus, why waste time on extra store trips? Avoid the mess by adding salt to ice water. Doing so will decrease the melting rate of your ice, making it a great way for keeping things cooler longer during road trips or outings. For the more adventurous, consider using dry ice to keep food and drinks dry and cold for long periods of time.
  • Eliminate Bugs, Not Cash: Planning a picnic or barbeque at the park or in your backyard? Rather than buying costly bug sprays or insect repellant gadgets, mix water and soap in a spray bottle and spritz it on a picnic table and clothes to help keep bees away.

There’s no vacation experience quite like a road trip. Pack your bags (lightly so there’s room for plenty of souvenirs), embrace the simplicity of a trip that sets your inner explorer free and put it in drive.

Note: All rewards are valid for a single use only, up to 20 gallons. Any unused rewards are forfeited. May not be valid with other offers. Rewards expire 365 days after the end of the month they are earned. Rewards are earned and redeemable at participating locations with operable transaction networks. Not valid where prohibited by law or in AL or CA. See our Terms and Conditions for further details and our Station Finder for participating locations at mybpstation.com.

Learn more at www.mybpstation.com.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by BP

Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/24/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Moms Connect

    11/24/2017
    09:00AM — 10:15AM

    St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Avenue in Darien, IL will sponsor a new Bible-based s...


  • Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center

    11/24/2017
    10:30AM — 11:00AM

    Treat your child to Story Times at Creek Bend Nature Center. This popular program series is for c...


  • Illumination

    11/24/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Keeping perspective in today’s world is a challenge, to say the least! Occasionally, it is good t...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    11/24/2017
    08:00PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • Live Entertainment: DJ

    11/24/2017
    09:00PM — 11:55PM

    Join us on historic Bourbon Street in Jambalaya at Pheasant Run Resort every Friday for live ente...


  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/25/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic in Lisle

    11/25/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    Every Saturday from 9:00AM-1:00PM the Pet Well Clinic in Lisle offers affordable vaccines, microc...


  • Winter Vendorland

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Come out and support small businesses while getting your holiday shopping done under one roof! Th...


  • Illumination

    11/25/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    11/25/2017
    07:30PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • Live Music

    11/25/2017
    09:00PM — 11:55PM

    Join us on historic Bourbon Street in Jambalaya at Pheasant Run Resort for live bands every Satur...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    11/25/2017
    09:45PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/26/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Bourbon Street Brunch

    11/26/2017
    09:00AM — 01:00PM

    Join us on historic Boubon Street every Sunday for a unique brunch buffet! Enjoy all your favorit...


  • The Fox Valley Nutcraker

    11/26/2017
    02:00PM

    Fox Valley Ballet is proud to present The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition t...


  • Tony Award-winning choreographer and tap dancer Savion Glover (Broadway’s “Bring in ’Da Noise, Br...


  • Illumination

    11/26/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/28/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Tri-Cities Exchange Club Breakfast

    11/28/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00AM

    Every Tuesday morning, 7-8am, men and women meet for breakfast at Colonial Cafe on Randall Road, ...


  • Illumination

    11/28/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Westminster Freshman Preview Night

    11/28/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Westminster Freshman Preview Night is for 2018-19 grade 9 students and their parents. Come and e...


  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/29/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Holly & Hope Holiday Luncheon

    11/29/2017
    11:30AM — 02:00PM

    People's' Resource Center kicks off the holiday season with its annual Holly & Hope Luncheon. Fro...


  • Illumination

    11/29/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Christmas Light Spectacular

    11/30/2017
    12:00AM

    We're going all out this year on decorations thanks to our friends at iPANiC Escape Rooms. Bourbo...


  • Nature Tykes (for 3 year olds)

    11/30/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    In this program, for 3-year olds and their parents, grandparents or guardians, we’ll explore the ...


  • Little Naturalists

    11/30/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    In this hour-long program for 4-5-year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through...


  • NUHS Student for a Day (AOM/BS)

    11/30/2017
    03:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Student for a Day program provides an opportunity to understand student life at National Univ...


  • CASA Kane County's Holiday Extravaganza

    11/30/2017
    03:00PM — 11:00PM

    You are invited to enjoy two special events on the eve of annual Geneva Christmas Walk!


  • Illumination

    11/30/2017
    04:30PM — 08:30PM

    Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum brings light and nature together for a winterti...


  • Aromatherapy Blending Workshop

    11/30/2017
    07:00PM — 07:45PM

    Come join us at Pheasant Run Resort Spa for our Aroma Blending Workshop! Blend your own Mist, Oil...


  • Comedy at Zanies

    11/30/2017
    08:00PM

    See nationally known comics along with some of the country’s hottest new talents for a night full...


Neighbors Magazines
Neighbors Magazines, 28 South Water Street, Batavia, IL 60510, 630-995-3482, www.welcometoneighbors.com
Contact us