We present a curated list of travel aids to help make sure your next trip runs smoothly. In preparation for the final long weekend of summer, we’re staying cool, stepping out, keeping rays at bay and saving space.
On ice: Retro camping cooler
Available at: colemancanada.ca
Keep cottage-going car snacks cool or campfire-ready groceries fresh heading into the final days of summer. Coleman’s original hard-sided metallic cooler was designed in 1954, but this sleek, updated version has easy-to-grip handles, a lid strong enough to sit on and space for exactly 85 cans. Good to know.
Slip on: Packable beach footwear
Available at: reef.com
In a sea of beach-friendly footwear, finding a pair of flip flops that actually supports your foot arch (rather than destroying it) can be a challenge. Not only do these soft PVC-free rubber sandals form to the foot bed, they also look good doing it. And that’s thanks to actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld, who collaborated on the collection’s cool graphics.
Lather: UV-protective formulas
Price: $8.50 (hair masque); $10 (cleanser)
Available at: aveda.ca
Long days spent at the pool, lounging on the dock or frolicking at the beach can take their toll on your hair — chlorine, UV rays and saltwater lead to frizz and breakage. Aveda’s botanical-rich Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser rinses away nasty residues, while the After-Sun Hair Masque restores moisture and further protects sun-exposed hair.
Organize: Pack like a pro
Packing Cube Multisize Set
Available at: MEC
Ask frequent travellers about their top packing tip and you’ll likely hear about a humble space-saving hero — the packing cube. Whether it’s a backpack or luxury luggage, these colourful, water-resistant packing cubes help to keep items tightly together, making it easier to find what you need quickly. (They’re also handy dirty-laundry bags as the trip carries on.)
Emma Yardley ([email protected] ) is a Toronto/Vancouver writer.