’Tis the time of year for camping, road trips and visits to seaside cabins. Bring these handy items along on your next adventure
By SHERI RADFORD
OUTDOOR SURVIVAL KIT Banish bugs with this DEET-free kit from Vancouver company Escents. The body spray, body balm, aroma blend and shampoo/body/shave bar use all-natural essential oils to repel creepy-crawlies.
BACKPACK Millions of school-children can’t be wrong. The roomy, sturdy Kånken backpack has been popular in Scandinavia ever since its launch in 1978. Fjällräven recently added four new colours—ocean green, lake blue (pictured), leaf green and burnt orange—so there’s sure to be an option for every preference.
ORGANIZER With its wire frame and large pockets, the Glovebox Grab-and-Go Buddy is ideal for keeping important items handy and organized while en route in the car. It converts into a carrying bag, making it easy to bring everything with you while out and about. At Canadian Tire.
SUNSCREEN Say bye-bye to burns with Ombrelle. The Canadian brand makes a whole range of dermatologist-recommended lotions that protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. At Shoppers Drug Mart.
LANTERN/FLASHLIGHT Compact and versatile, this gadget by Woods transforms from a flashlight into a lantern simply by sliding it up or down. And a run time of two hours means you won’t be left in the dark. At Canadian Tire.