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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! 

American Flag 4th of July Celebration Necessities

Are you ready for hot dogs, sunshine, fireworks and fun? The 4th of July is almost here! But, did you know? When you stop at The Store to fill up your tank with North American fuel products, you can also stock up on necessities for the holiday. Talk about convenience! Let The Store be your one-stop-shop for 4th of July essentials.  

First things first – What’s July 4th without tasty, grill-able food? Be sure to grab your cookout staples at The Store, like Gonella Hot Dog Buns. We’ve got all the fixings your family loves, too, including Heinz Ketchup and French’s MustardDon’t forget the ice for the cooler! And, if your cookout turns out to be an even bigger success than you planned for, you can count on your neighborhood The Store location to carry backup cookout supplies all holiday weekend long. 

After you’ve eaten one too many brats, beat the heat with delicious ice cream. Pick up Cedar Crest Ice Cream for the family next time you stop in. The Store carries tons of flavors, so you know there’s something for everyone at your celebration. And the best part? Cedar Crest Ice Cream is much more than a just premium, small batch treat…it is familyowned and made right here in WisconsinThere’s nothing better than fresh ice cream from the heart of America’s Dairyland! 

We don’t need to tell you that the weather during the 4th of July is, almost without fail, HOT. So, before firing up the grill and scooping ice cream cones, make sure to shield yourself from the sun’s rays. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did. Luckily, The Store carries quality sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays. Pick up a bottle of SPF 30 or SPF 50 Banana Boat sunscreen or SPF 70 Neutrogena lotion for the fairer family members. Then, try out a pair of fashionable, functional I-gogs with polarized lenses. You won’t just be grilling in comfort…you’ll be grilling in style! 

Whew…by the time the evening rolls aroundall that food and sunlight can start to catch up to you. But, the festivities are not over…you need to stay awake for your family’s exclusive firework extravaganza! Before you give in and take a long nap, beat the drowsiness with 5 Hour Energy. Just one of these simple, effective energy shots is all you need for a quick pick-me-up…with only 4 calories! Plus, with a tantalizing array of fruity flavors, you really can’t go wrong. 

Stocking up for July 4th has never been easier – all it takes is a quick visit to The Store. Whether you’re planning on grilling, enjoying Wisconsin-made ice cream, celebrating in the sun or enjoying fireworks (or all of the above), we’ve got what you need for a fun, safe, and memorable 4th of July.  

Banana Boat 50 SPF Sunscreen Summer Skin Safety

Spring may have been unseasonably chilly, but it sure seems like summer has come early! 

As the weather warms up, more people will be spending time outdoorsThis is great, but it is important to remember to safeguard your skin while enjoying beautiful Midwestern summer days. Luckily, The Store has everything you need to beat the heat and protect your skin this season! 

1. Slather on Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is a summer necessity. No matter what outdoor activities you love (golfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, enjoying a backyard BBQ, etc.) sunscreen will protect you from harmful UV rays. At The Store, you’ll find great options from Banana Boat in SPF 30 and SPF 50. For even more protection, grab the SPF 70 lotion from Neutrogena. 

SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” If your skin burns easily, you’ll need sunscreen with a higher SPF than someone who does not burn as easily. To find out which SPF level you should use, check out this great website from the American Academy of Dermatology. 

To avoid sunburn and skin damage, be sure to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before heading outside so it can properly absorb into your skin. After that, reapply at least every two hours, especially if you are sweating or swimming. 

2. Hats off to…Hats! 

Hats are a great way to block UV rays from your head and face. If you’ve ever sunburned your scalp, you know how painful it can be. Hats will help protect you from this pesky burn. 

While not a substitute for sunscreen, hats are a simple way to shield your face from the sun’s rays. Baseball caps are great for keeping the sun out of your eyes…but don’t forget about your earsWide-brimmed options offer a bit more shade around your ears, neck and shoulders. Umbrellas are an easy way to provide shade as well; you can find these items at select The Store locations. 

3. Shield Your Eyes with Sunglasses 

Need new pair of shades for the season? The Store has you—and your eyes—covered! 

Harmful UV rays from the sun can damage not only your skin, but your eyes, too. Eyes, especially those lighter in color, are susceptible to sun damage at any age. This may lead to macular degeneration or cataracts later in life. A good pair of sunglasses that block out UV rays are a necessity, not a want. Plus, they just look cool. 

Be mindful of situations that can cause the most damage to your eyes, such as when the sun is highest in the sky or when you are in wide-open area. Certain medications can increase your body’s sensitivity to sunlight as well. Try out a pair of glasses with polarized lenses from i-gogs. These stylish and functional lenses will stop the glare and UV rays from reaching your eyes. Never leave home without your trusty pair of sunglasses from The Store! 

4. Snacks for Healthy Skin 

Did you know that certain foods actually promote healthy skin?  

Next time you’re at The Store, pick up fresh fruit, veggies and nuts. These snacks contain vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats that keep your skin strong and vibrant. Whether you’re in the mood for an apple, orange, banana, almonds or peanuts, show your skin some love by enjoying these tasty foods. 

Your skin is always there to protect you, so make sure you protect it in return. By following these simple guidelines, you’re sure to have healthy, happy skin all summer long. 

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