trip packing


By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Could you please provide a helpful checklist on things to take for a trip? I've never been very good at packing and always seem to over do it. I buy many souvenirs and clothes and then discover I don't have room in my luggage.

A: The old sang slice everything down the middle routine is a good rule of thumb for those of us who generally overpack. I know I do. This old adage is where you put all your travelling items like clothes on the bed then start to remove half of everything. So instead of six tee-shirts you're down to three and the process just keeps going from there.

Also, when double checking your items ensure you have your itinerary, passport, airline tickets, any necessary visas, international driver's license if needed,travel insurance and any medications that you might be taking.

Another consideration is the season of your vacation destination. If it's winter there pack warmer clothes, if it's summer light cottons and layers are good as in the evening it might be on the cooler side.

Footwear is important. You want to be able to enjoy the sights without having to worry about tender tootsies so pack a good pair of walking shoes. Evenings may be on the dressier side so a good pair of sandals ought to do the trick. One Canadian-made company, Tilley Endurables ( offers some great travel wear that is both functional and practical but tends to be on the pricier side.

However, you know you are getting top quality since Tilley Endurables' signature hat's guarantee is the following, "Unbleached Tilley Hats will be replaced free if they ever wear out, mildew, or shrink."

For a copy of their free spring catalogue, you can call toll-free 1.800.363.8737. If you want to read up on the ins and outs on essential travel items to pack, there is a helpful checklist covering 13 topics published by Consular Affairs Canada. It's easy to print out and is available in html and pdf version at


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