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Packing for a weekend getaway? Here are five things we recommend

Wednesday, May 4th 2022, 12:30 pm - If you just can't ignore that urge to get away for the weekend any longer, here are some suggestions of what to take along.

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So you’re making plans to go away for a quick weekend jaunt sometime this spring. We definitely support that (even if in some parts of the country, you may need to wait until June for consistent warmth), and we’re here to help you get together some gear to make sure your first spring sojourn is an organized one.

Here are five things we recommend you take along on your journey.

Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless 3D Eye Mask

22-05-04 Sleep Mask Amazon Amazon.ca

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve found it can sometimes be hard to fall asleep in an unfamiliar place like a hotel room, and I’ve never been able to sleep so much as a wink on any flight. A sleep mask can help, and we’re drawn to this one. Wildly popular among users who bought it from Amazon.ca, it blocks out 100 per cent of light, while also allowing you to play soothing music using Bluetooth.

What else we liked about it:

  • Breathable memory foam allows you to mould the mask comfortably to your face
  • Electronic components can be removed to allow for hand washing
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 by Amazon.ca users, based on more than 11,000 reviews

iWALK Mini Power Bank

22-05-04 Charger Amazon Amazon.ca

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Springtime walks are a special pleasure, particularly if your weekend getaway has taken you far away from town and deep into nature. Such sojourns can be long ones, so to make sure your phone is charged in case you need to make a call or check your maps, having a portable power bar is a good idea. We were drawn to this one due to its small size, attaching unobtrusively to your iPhone while providing 3350mAh of power.

What else we liked about it:

  • Compatible with all current iPhone models
  • While plugged in, can recharge the module while also charging your iPhone
  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 600 reviews

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Bagsmart Toiletry Bag

22-03-18 Hanging Toiletry bag Amazon Amazon.ca

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We’ve recommended this one before, and are happy to again if you’re travelling with your partner and/or children, or travelling solo with a lot of personal stuff. Aside from being nice and roomy, it comes with a handy hook so you can hang it in your hotel closet or off the back of the bathroom door (it’s water-resistant, too).

What else we liked about it:

  • Four separate compartments fold neatly into a travel-sized pouch
  • Available in eight different colours and designs (prices of each vary)
  • Rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on more than 12,000 reviews – one of the most popular items we’ve ever seen on that site

Bagsmart Large Travel Cable Organizer

22-05-04 Cable ORganizer Amazon Amazon.ca

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I personally like to detach from electronics as much as I can when I’m off for a weekend trip, but everyone is different – maybe you’re taking an iPad or laptop for some writing in a calm setting, or wouldn’t mind tinkering on your Nintendo Switch for a bit. If there’s electronics in your itinerary, we’d suggest this nifty organizer from Bagsmart. Lots of room for cables, extra batteries, earphones, small gaming consoles, laptop accessories, whatever suits you.

What else we liked about it:

  • Velcro dividers to customize the main compartment to suit your needs
  • Cover made from water-resistant polyester
  • Rated 4.8 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on 400 reviews

SaphiRose Hooded Rain Poncho

22-04-26 Poncho Amazon Amazon.ca

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Rain, obviously, is always something you should be wary of when you’re out and about on a weekend hike, but if you find it too warm to want to lug a rain jacket around, we recommend this eminently packable unisex poncho. It’s actually designed for an enormous amount of other features (it can be used as a picnic mat, sunshade, groundsheet, even a small pup tent), but its main function is to keep the rain off, and that job, it does very well for a very attractive price.

What else we liked about it:

  • Large front pocket and hood with beaked visor
  • Includes small storage pouch
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon.ca, based on 4,300 reviews

Like what you see? Check out our Shop the Weather articles for more must-have product recommendations.


Our trusted Product Specialists recommend high-quality items that we think will enhance your experience with Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change.

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