A Travel Editor’s Essentials

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Every journey starts with putting one foot in front of the other, but footwear that’s easy to pack, easy to slip off at security and easy on the eyes is another matter entirely. Fortunately, I’ve found a few ways to stay fit and stylish while on sojourn.



Ladies, Manitobah Mukluks’ Canoe suede moccasins come in pastel green or blue as well as white and an earthy pinky-red, and the design of the high performance Vibram sole “serves as a canvas for the Aboriginal story,” for Cree artisan Heather Steppler’s one of two designs (the Tipi or the Turtle). $75, www.manitobah.ca


Gentlemen, for gentle hikes or city strolls, the Hi-Tec Zuuk features breathable mesh uppers, an Ortholite sock-liner for cushioning, anti-odour and anti-microbial effectiveness and its barely-there weight tips the scales at just 166 grams (less than half a pound). It comes in funky colours, like Limoncello (seen here) plus black and blue. $60, Sears






And, since I’m on a bit of a fitness kick, try this caregiving option for your swimsuit (hotel pools are a great place to get an easy-on-the-joints workout). Swimmers can now pack something that helps protect delicate performance fabrics and get that chlorine smell out of their suits. Swim Wear Wash (250 ml), part of the Forever New Jetsetter Kit, is good for 40 washes. $18 (three-piece set also includes a travel-size gentle powder detergent, good for 10-plus hand washes, and a mesh wash bag); www.forevernew.ca





And to carry it all, I couldn’t resist Roots’ new Zip-Away Tote with a lined, quilted tablet compartment that doubles as a clutch for nights out. Just unzip it from the front of the larger bag and go. Tote in black ($398) and tan ($368); Zip-Away Sleeve ($108) available separately in yellow, berry, lime and melon.