Travel Tips: What to Pack For an Active Getaway

A packing list of practical items to get you adventure-ready.

Whether tossing a surfboard on your roof rack and hitting the surf is your thing, or suiting up and hitting the slopes is more your speed, you’ll want to plan ahead and consider the elements. We’ve created a packing list to help you prepare for an active getaway.

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1. SunBum Signature SPF 50 Sunscreen

This new Signature collection from SunBum is designed for the most rigorous activities in the water, wind, or blazing sun. This premium, mineral-based sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection to those who work and play hard in the sun. It stays put all day (water resistant up to 80mins) without leaving you a greasy mess. An impressive score card of features (paraben-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation) makes this sunscreen a no-brainer to keep you protected. We also love the sleek, compact packaging! $21.99, trustthebum.com

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2. Cressi Snorkel Set

Sure you can rent snorkel gear on the beach (it may even be complimentary depending on where you go) but sometimes it’s just nice to have your own set. Equipment that fits comfortably, is of good quality, in good condition and that you can call your own. Cressi is a leader in the water sports industry, offering superior quality gear for the recreational snorkeler to the elite diver. This set, complete with tempered glass mask, dry top snorkel, adjustable trek fins and mesh bag is the perfect, compact set to tote along if snorkeling is on the agenda. Available in 7 colours, $75.00, amazon.ca

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3. Leatherman Skeletool

This multi-tool takes pocket convenience to a whole new level. Meet the Skeletool, a small but mighty stainless steel travel companion that does it all. Complete with blade, pliers, bit driver, pocket clip and carabiner/bottle opener, the Skeletool is at the ready to help you in sticky situations. Backed by a 25 year warranty, Leatherman takes dependability seriously to ensure you get your money’s worth and then some. Be sure to pack this bad boy in your checked baggage to avoid obvious security issues. $69.85, leatherman.com

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4. Billabong Totally 80’s One Piece Rash Guard, UPF 50

Whether surfing, snorkeling or just a day of swimming is on deck, a rash guard is a great way to stay covered up or keep previously overexposed areas protected while enjoying the activity. We love the retro look of this one piece rash guard and the amount of coverage it provides. With an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50, this tug-free, adjustment-free suit is hard to beat. It also eliminates any concern of a wardrobe malfunction, think the thrust of a strong wave. $89.95, ca.billabong.com

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5. Sunland Microfiber Travel Towel

This lightweight, compact microfiber towel is the perfect travel companion. It is fast drying, soaks up a ton of water, and folds easily into a mesh carry bag. The snap loop comes in handy for hang-drying or securing it to something on a windy day on a boat. Compared to other microfiber towels out there, these are velvety soft to the touch and gentle on the skin. Available in 7 colours and various sizes, from $9.00, amazon.ca

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6. Hitcase PRO for iPhone 6/6s Waterproof/Shockproof Case

Now you can document your adventures on your iPhone without the fear of dropping it or losing it all together. Hitcase has developed a collection of accessories to protect your iPhone in the most challenging conditions while helping you to capture your fun with incredible photos and videos. This 100% waterproof (33ft), shockproof (6ft), and mountable case allows you to fearlessly share your life with the world. It also includes a wide angle lens to maximize your phone’s photo-taking potential. $99.00, hitcase.com. A great accompaniment to this case is the Hitcase FloatR, a bandolier sling made of soft neoprene designed to keep your Hitcase floating safely behind you while you swim. $29.99, hitcase.com