This article is written by Marjorie Paquette for the blog “Le Snack Bar”.

After a long year of confinement filled with uncertainty, we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! This summer is all about getting back to normal, freedom and reunion. Let’s face it… we all want to explore our beloved Quebec and catch up with our friends and family. So why not take advantage of what nature has to offer? Because let’s face it, not many people want to spend another full summer at home (okay maybe not unless you have a mega nice heated pool)! Come on… get your sneakers out!

A change of scenery to get away from it all

We encourage you to change your surroundings to get away from it all. Many of us have switched from office to full-time telecommuting since day #1 of the pandemic. During the vacations, it’s time to put the computer aside and get out of your office/dining room! Why not plan a bucket list of outdoor activities or getaways to do in small groups to reconnect with your loved ones? Whether it’s a hike in the woods, a weekend camping trip, an afternoon of kayaking or a picnic lunch, your mental and physical health will certainly thank you in their own way!

There is nothing better than to escape to the top of a mountain or on the shore of a lake!

Explore the province with environmentally friendly products

Of course, any getaway or day in the great outdoors requires a minimum of preparation: choice of clothing, shoes and bags, body products, food, beverages and more. The list can be long, depending on the choice of activity, and we often end up forgetting a lot of stuff that would have been very useful to have on hand!

That’s why Cynthia and I are so happy to present you with the perfect eco-practical box to take with you wherever you go. The vacationer’s bundle from the local store Crazy from here contains everything you need to have a great day outdoors. Finished the worries, go hop, one slips the whole in the backpack.

Treat your small wounds and soothe your bites

Who has never been stung in the woods or around a campfire? No one! This jar of sapinage ointment from La Savonnerie des diligences will not only be your ally to soothe your bites, but also for your burns, abrasions and even for your hemorrhoids (if you have them)! No, this is not a joke! It is an excellent topical antibacterial, antifungal, healing and hematoma ointment. In short, the equivalent of Polysporin.

Refresh your hair

After a beautiful day in the sun and heat, a shower is always necessary. Here is a mini solid shampoo, really too cute. Made with natural/organic ingredients respectful of the environment and in an ancestral way, La Sorcière Capillaire ‘s mission is to allow you to regain the vitality, the beauty and the health of your hair.

Haven’t made the leap to solid shampoo yet? We invite you to try one. Try it and you’ll love it!

Keeping mosquitoes away

The citrus scent of this natural soap will keep your friends (or enemies) away from mosquitoes! Le voyageur soap, handmade by La Savonnerie des diligences, is a 3-in-1 soap (body, hair, face). Refreshing, you’ll feel both zen and ready for another adventure!

Put cream… more than not enough.

Every summer, it’s the same story. We put cream in the morning, we leave, and we don’t put it back on for the rest of the day. Human beings forget and sometimes do not learn from their mistakes. Consequence: you find yourself red as a lobster. We can’t say it enough: put on and REmove the cream. This mineral sunscreen, handmade by Kamamille, is approved by Health Canada (SPF 30). Waterway friendly, it is suitable for children from 1 year old.

If you like long-lasting fragrances, this product will please you because 8 hours after putting the cream on our arms, the summery Coco-Vanilla smell is still very present.

No need to rub for several minutes to get the product to penetrate. The beige cream blends quickly with the skin color even if it is thick. The only thing is, if you have dry skin, it may roll under your fingers and leave a residue on your skin.

Mosquito repellent take 2

We prefer to put all the chances on our side to keep mosquitoes away because we will say it, it can solidly spoil an evening! So use Le voyageur body soap, and light these 3 Tonic incense sticks. Two precautions are better than one and you will certainly avoid several unpleasant stings!

On this note, we sincerely wish you unforgettable moments in harmony with nature. Explore the spectacular landscapes of our beautiful province while quietly reconnecting with your loved ones.

Main picture credit: Le Snack Bar

Written by Marjorie Paquette for the blog “Le Snack Bar