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The Store Are You Road Trip Ready Blog

Summer in the Midwest is full of sunshine, blue skies, and gorgeous days. Well, for the most part, anyway – we do get some crazy thunderstorms every now and again! But, most will agree that summer is a great time to be outside. Some prefer the comfort of their porch or backyard while others love to be on the water. And then there are those adventurous souls who are always looking to explore new places. For everyone – especially the latter – road trips are a great way to see the beautiful sights Wisconsin and Upper Michigan have to offer. 

Pack your bags…let’s make some memories! 

1. Compile your Crew 

No road trip is complete without a few fellow explorers to share in the experience. Once you’ve solidified your road trip team, you’re ready to assign roles. 

The title of The Driver should be bestowed upon a responsible, even keeled, focused person. Next, an attentive and engaged member of your team can claim the role of The Navigator. This person sits in the passenger seat and helps direct the course of the vehicle. Pro Tip: the Navigator should also have great taste in music, because everyone knows The Navigator is also The DJ!

The remaining members of your team will get to hang out in the back seatOne of these lucky ducks will assume the role of Snack Distributor in ChiefThey’re in charge of handing out snacks evenly among team members…in between naps, that is! 

2. Determine your Destination 

Next, decide where you’re going! Will it be a city of interest, a state park, a beach on the Great LakesThere are no wrong answers. Plus, there are plenty of scenic points and memorable pitstops to enjoy along the way. Visit sites like www.travelwisconsin.com and midwestliving.com for endless ideas. 

3. Find your Fuel 

Once you’ve got your crew assembled and your route planned, it’s time to fill up the tank — both literally and figurativelyMake a stop at The Store for 100% North American fuel products that will get you where you need to go. With 26 convenient locations throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, you’ll rarely find yourself far from The Store. Pro Tip: join the Impact Rewards+ loyalty program to earn free products and save on the purchases you make every dayClick here to learn how! 

4. Stock Up on Snacks 

While you’re at The Store, don’t forget to pick up snacks for the road. After all, what’s a road trip without snacks? Trail mix, beef jerky, nuts, chips, candy bars, soda, tea, juice, coffee…you name it, The Store’s got it! There are plenty of healthy options, too – learn more by reading our previous blog Healthy Snacks Galore at The Store. 

5. Got Games? 

Ahh – you’re finally on the road. After staring out the window for a while, eating a snack or two, and listening to your favorite song 4 times, you might start to get a bit bored. Never fear – bring excitement to the car ride with these Great Road Trip Games. There are ideas for passengers of every age and interest. Plus, nothing brings people together like some friendly competition! 

6. Play some Podcasts 

If road trip games aren’t your style, we suggest listening to podcastsThere are TONS of podcasts out there covering almost every topic imaginable. News, education, pop culture, sports…the list goes on. There’s something for everyone! A few of our favorites are Travel WisconsinAll About The Car (a podcast by our friends at Schierl Tire & Service) and The Daily 

No matter where you go or what you do, we know the true fun of a road trip comes from spending time with those you love. There’s no doubt you’ll have a blast in the beautiful region of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan…we’re just here to make the trip even better. Stop in at The Store for your road trip fuel and snack essentials. We bet you’ll leave with a smile! 

The Store Gas Station Summer Drinks

Slowly but surely summer is making its way to the Midwest. Longer days, warmer weather, and sunny skies are fast approaching…we can’t wait 

Summer is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and spend time doing what you love to do.  

Whether your idea of the perfect summer day is spent on the water, traveling, grilling in the backyard or partaking in outdoor adventuresyou can always find the perfect beverage to complement your fun at The Store. 

1. First Things First…Coffee! 

If you’re like us, coffee isn’t just a want…it’s a need. At The Store, you’ll find options to meet every coffee craving 

Going for an early morning stroll? Beat the heat with tasty Stok Cold Brew or chilled Starbucks Espresso and Frappuccino drinks. No matter which you choose, you’ll be kick starting your day the tasty way! 

2. Sip some Positivi-TEA 

Next time you’re heading off for a day on the boat, be sure to grab a few cans of Peace TeaWith flavors like RazzleberryPeach, Mango and Tea & Lemonade, these beverages practically taste like summer!  

Now, sit back, relax, crack a refreshing Peace Tea and enjoy the day on the water. 

3. Calling all Grill Masters 

If grilling out is more your style, complement your next feast with Hubert’s Lemonade. After all, everyone knows lemonade is basically the unofficial drink of summertime.  

This sweet and tangy beverage comes in loads of fruity flavors the whole family will love. Plus, Hubert’s Lemonade bottles have a resealable cap so you can sip spill-free, even from the comfort of your hammock! 

4. Hiking, Biking & Hydrating…Oh My! 

Would you rather be exploring state parks, woodland trails or campsites?  

Before your next outdoor adventure, stock up on Propel Electrolyte WaterThis drink is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes to keep your body hydrated in the summer heat.  

Whether you’re hiking, biking, or simply exploring the great outdoors, Propel Electrolyte Water just became your new best friend! 

5. Road Trip, Anyone? 

Nothing says “road trip” like your favorite convenience store snacks.  

Think back to your childhood – what gives you those feelings of nostalgia? For us, it’s a candy bar and a bottle of soda.  

Before you start cruising down the road to your destination, make a stop at The Store for these treats. Coca-ColaPepsiSpriteFantaMountain Dew…you name it, The Store’s got it! 

6. Day at the Beach 

Next time you’re packing for a trip to the beach, add Vitamin Water to your checklist.  

Spending a whole day in the sun calls for some serious hydration! Luckily, Vitamin Water is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and electrolytes to keep you energized…and the flavors are great! Plus, the bottle is plastic, so it is safe to bring to the beach. The cap is resealable, too, so you don’t have to worry about sand getting in your drink! 

No matter how you choose to spend your summer, keep it fun, fresh, and flavorful with tasty drink options from The Store. You can count on us to fuel your adventures and keep you hydrated along the way! 

*Photo by Hubert’s Lemonade