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12 Essentials To Keep On Hand For Your Canadian Road Trip

Don't forget the snacks.

Exploring your own backyard (or country) is all the rage this summer. Whether you're exploring the prairies, the mountains, or the Maritimes, there's no better way to discover a new place than in the sunshine. Forget wait times at the border or expensive flights, all you need to have a blast is a full tank of gas and some key items.

We're talking everything from great tunes to clothing items and, of course, snacks. During your travels, fuel up and dare to snack differently by indulging in sweet and spicy newcomers. Whether you’re going hiking, biking or picnicking, Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Chili Roasted & Honey Roasted flavours make the perfect snack. They're full of flavour to complement your adventures.

Time to get packing! Here are 12 essentials to keep on hand for the ultimate Canadian road trip.

1. Sunscreen

Summer = sunshine (in an ideal world), and sunshine means a need for the screen.... sunscreen that is. Available in lotions, creams, sprays, powders, and makeup, SPF is your BFF when it comes to protecting against those UVA and UVB rays regardless of how you travel to your destination.

2. Snacks

Looking for a tasty bite that's ideal for when you’re on the go? The two new Wonderful Pistachios No Shells flavours available in Canada are a delicious, convenient option. Love a little kick of heat? Try Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Chili Roasted, bursting with big, bold flavours of red pepper, garlic, and vinegar. Got a bit of a sweet tooth? Try Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Honey Roasted; honey-kissed with a touch of sugar and salt which makes for sweet and savoury goodness. We're all for smart snacks.

3. Water

... And not the kind you swim in! The lake may be your final destination, but it's important to stay hydrated along the way. Let's face it, we could all drink a little more water. Make it eco-friendly by bringing a reusable bottle from home. Plus, it never hurts to have a few backups just in case you're thirsty. If tap water isn't quite your thing, add a few sprigs of mint for a burst of freshness.

4. Sunnies

Sun safety is about more than SPF — your eyes need a little love and protection too. Clip-on or retro, whatever your style, sunglasses are stylish and practical. Plus, you can always use them for special effects. Try using your frames as foreground in your road trip snaps, or shoot through the lens for an instant filter effect.

5. Camera

Now, we're all for taking a step back from technology, so grab a disposable camera and snap some shots for the days at the office when you need to feel wild and free. If you do opt for digital, don't forget the film, a memory card, batteries, and a tripod. If you're travelling with loved ones, nothing says a special family portrait like snapping everyone on the horizon with a gorgeous sunset in the background. And please: Don't. Forget. To. Clean. Your. Lens.

6. Hat

Sun protection? Yes. Fashion Accessory? You bet. Photo prop? One of the best. Who knew a hat could do so many things. Pick one that suits your vibe: a ball cap for casual or sporty trips, a sun hat for the beach, an Indiana Jones-style one for the adventurer, or perhaps a bucket hat or visor for nostalgic summer travellers. The options are endless, and we could all use an excuse to wear this versatile, trendy accessory more often.

7. Playlist

A road trip without great tunes? Don't know her. What's the point of escaping the city if you aren't exploring your singing along to classic jams or summer bangers, where only you and your passengers can hear? Curate the perfect playlist or kick it old school with a mix-cd or the radio. Either way, your road trip deserves an amazing soundtrack to accompany all of your epic memory-making.

8. Hand wipes and sanitizer

This summer especially, there's a huge focus on staying healthy and safe by taking the proper precautions. Wipes and sanitizer will definitely come in handy when you can't make a pit stop to actually soap up. Think of all the times you've been caught without a wipe or sanitizer and had to sacrifice your fav tee. Forget those cringy moments because, for this road trip, you're packing everything you need.

9. Picnic basket or backpack

Really, what's a road trip if you don't plan on leaving the car to grab a bite or enjoy a snack? Plus, there's no good reason to dine with a seat belt on when you can get some fresh air. Having something to transport your food is almost as important as the grub itself. Having an Insta shoot? Picnic basket all the way. Planning a hike? Grab a backpack and make a trek of it. The snacks will be worth it, promise.

10. Great friends and family

Memories are made to be shared. Gather your family or your furry friend for this adventure. Life is better when you share it, but if schedules don't line up, a solo drive can definitely be worth your while, too. Imagine full control of the tunes and the destination.

11. A cozy blanket

A blanket is the ultimate utility tool on a road trip — think about it. Sleepy passenger in the back? Use the blanket to block out the sun. You run hot but your co-captain or backseat driver doesn’t? Blast the AC for you and have them cuddle up. It has multiple uses outside of the car, too. Picnic blanket? Check. Photo prop? Yup. You never know when a blanket or two might come in handy — but it will.

12. A plan... or not

You're either super organized or the pick-a-turn-when-we-reach-a-fork-in-the-road type. Either way is A-okay! Feeling spontaneous? Pick a direction and a number. Drive in that direction for the same number of hours as the figure you picked and see where you end up. We've certainly found some gems when setting out without a plan. On the other hand, a plan is great when you have a car full of people, and for those who don't care to get lost. Either way, it's about the journey, not the destination.

Now that you're ready to hit the road, it's time to pick a destination. Road tripping in Canada this summer is all about adventure and convenience.

And don't forget to pack a few bags of the two new flavours of Wonderful Pistachios No Shells: Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted. Now available in Canada, these tasty treats are a convenient on-the-go snack, perfect for your fun in the sun.

For all of your snack needs, check out Wonderful® Pistachios on their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Share your sweet and spicy adventures with #GetSnackin and #WonderfulPistachios.