No matter how you discover the world, whether it be boat, plane, train or car, this rolling duffel takes the cake. I have been waiting for an excuse to buy one – my luggage is 11 years old – and now I have one. I’m heading to Scotland, jumping on a twin-engine plane and then hopping on a boat. From past experience, sailing and puddle-jumping, there is nothing more awkward than carting a hard case suitcase onto a small plane or a large boat. The traditional duffel did the trick, but a duffle bag on wheels takes to hassle of carrying luggage by the straps.Explore
This hat is a new favourite. Purchased at my local MEC store, I bought this hat on impulse as I needed a smaller hat for an upcoming trip to Arizona. I am a hat person and primarily wear a large brimmed Tilley hat, however, for some activities, you need to go small for a different function but style is still important to me, and this one has it.
This private-style, sun cap has a folding brim to fit into any small space. You can easily throw into a pocket, backpack or luggage bag for travel. Explore
I golf and sail around the world and have found myself in some pretty awkward situations where proper facilities cannot be found, are non-hygienic or very awkward or unsafe to use.
I am a big advocate of taking carry-on luggage only, however, it does get tricky when it comes to liquids. Even though there are as many as 10 containers of 100 ml each, I tend to use them all for creams, sun lotions, oil, cleansing cream and so on.Explore
When you travel with a first aid kit, you quickly learn how often you need a bandage, something for stomach upset, or a small flashlight. I never travel without a first aid kit, often relying on the a homemade kit, often forgetting to replenish everything I used up on the last trip.Explore
It is a nuisance to reach up into the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you every time you want something from your bag. I always envy other passengers who travel lightly and seem to have everything at hand easily. I used to use a tote bag on wheels to bring everything I needed on the plane, but now as the seats seem to be shrinking, there is rarely space under my seat for it, and I am too short to use the overhead compartment comfortably.Explore
With so many water bottles to choose from, what do you look for? I have had so many different designs of water bottles fall by the wayside for various reasons: leaking, losing the lid, not fitting in my knapsack pocket and for obvious reasons, I will not use the plastic disposable, filling up the landfill site bottles. Explore
I went on the search for the perfect day backpack for years before finding the MEC Mountain Fountain 9 Hydration pack. What drew me to it originally was its bright teal colour, but after further investigation it became clear I shouldn’t just judge this pack by its colour.
Lightweight and compact in its design, it is perfect for day hikes as you get lost in search of that perfect waterfall, or even as a carry-on as you eagerly await your boarding call in anticipation of your next waypoint. Explore
Ironically enough, there should be no polarization within the debate on whether one should have polarized lens while travelling on water. Not only do they reduce glare as the sun reflects off the surface of the water, they help allow you to see objects more clearly. Whether it is an isle up ahead, or a school of dolphins circling your boat, they make the difference between just seeing something versus experiencing it.Explore
Recently I had a winter escape to the sun and decided to only take carry on and thought it would be easy as I already had two fairly recent carry on cases. I checked the airline requirements, which is vital to do as each airline carry-on measurements and weight vary by centimetres and kilograms. I’d was flying with Air Transat and discovered that their carry-on size requirements are limited.Explore