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Who else is headed to some end of summer festivals this month? A few weekends ago, I headed to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, but there are still tons of festivals left in August and into September for your enjoyment!
There’s a lot to think about when getting ready for a festival, especially if it’s one that involves a bit of a road trip like Osheaga. From picking out your best outfit, ensuring you’re well hydrated and fed, booking accommodations and getting your car in tip-top shape, there are many things to do before you head out for a weekend of fun!
Staying Fed & Eating Healthy
When at a festival or on a road trip, it is so easy to throw the diet away and eat whatever is available. Festivals don’t usually have the healthiest options, so it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
If you’re staying in the city, try finding an AirBnB with a kitchen so you can cook. If you’re camping, consider getting a cooking stove or bbq from Canadian Tire! After all, Canadian Tire is made for life in Canada. For the road trip, try making a variety of delicious snacks like homemade granola bars.
Homemade Granola Bars
- 1 cup packed dates, pitted (I bought mine chopped already from Bulk Barn)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (Dana notes you can use honey or agave nector)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter of your choice (You could substitute any nut butter)
- 3/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free for GF eaters)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Process your dates in a food processor or blender into smaller pieces. I purchased mine pre-chopped at Bulk Barn. Soak your dates in water for 10 minutes to maintain sticky consistency.
- Chop almonds into bite size pieces. How diced they are depends on your preference.
- In a small saucepan melt maple syrup and peanut butter together until blended.
- Mix oats, almonds, dates and cranberries in a bowl. Add Peanut Butter/Maple Syrup Mixture. Stir well.
- Line a 8×8 pan with parchment or wax paper to make it easy to life the bars out.
- Put in refridgerator or freezer for 30 minutes or until they do not fall apart when you eat them!
Changing the Oil in your Car
One thing that people often overlook when heading out on a road trip is to change the oil in your car! It’s important to make sure your car is in tip top shape when heading out, especially if you’re going on a 6-7 hour trip like I am for Osheaga!
Whether you’re going in-store, or doing a DIY Oil Change, Canadian Tire has everything you need, including Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Motor Oil, the chosen oil of taxi fleets across North America. It delivers twice the wear protection of the industry standard throughout its life, meaning peace of mind when you’re travelling near or far.
The product is easy to find in-store, in a variety of sizes. Make sure you take all safety precautions when doing your DIY oil change. Use the oil necessary for your car, as specified in your owner’s manual. Be sure to check local Canadian Tire stores for availability! Here’s a great tutorial for a DIY oil change if you do not know how!
Picking out a Unique Outfit
One of my favourite things about festivals is throwing the rules out the door on what you can wear. If I want to wear my favourite Sailor Moon t-shirt, there is zero judgment! I love making DIY projects for my outfit and combining them with tried and true pieces from my closet.
I love this DIY Floral Crown that I was able to make in just 10 minutes. You can see the DIY video below and read the full instructions here. Check out your nearest Canadian Tire to see an arrangement of fresh and fake florals and plants, as well as pick up some super glue! I used a glue gun, but any super glue should work as well!
So, whether you are heading to a festival near or far, there are many things to take into consideration before you hit the road- staying full, looking cute and getting your oil changed with Quaker State from Canadian Tire! I hope I’ve added a little bit of insight into how you can get yourself and your friends ready to go for your next festival outing!