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Chic travel gear for spring trips

- April 18th, 2013

Weather-ready gear, practical carry-ons and cozy blankets for chilly flights are all you need to pull off a spring trip in style. I count down three of the hottest items for spring travels, both for those on a budget and those who don’t mind a splurge.

GET CARRIED AWAY

Carry-on luggage is the way to go when travelling this spring. Pack light and save yourself both checked baggage fees and time at the airport.

Budget: Walmart’s 19 inch upright carry-on

Walmart's 19 inch upright carry-on

Walmart’s 19 inch upright carry-on

This 19 inch upright carry-on is durable, while also being light weight. Pouches expand to fit souvenirs and wheels mean your luggage will keep up with you, no matter where you jetset. $52. See walmart.ca.

Splurge: Mancini 20 inch M-Tech 4

Mancini M-Tech 4

Mancini M-Tech 4

The hard polycarbonate shell on this 20 inch carry-on ensures your belongings stay safe through turbulence and more. It’s extremely light despite the shell, at only 7.5 pounds. $174.99. See shopbentley.com.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY

Spring weather can be extremely unpredictable. Prepare for spring showers by tucking a foldable umbrella in your carry-on or purse. The CATSA has approved umbrellas for carry-on.

Budget: Samsonite Pocket Size Mini Umbrella

Samsonite Pocket Size Mini Umbrella

Samsonite Pocket Size Mini Umbrella

This tiny umbrella is only 6.5 inches when folded. $18.45. See amazon.ca.

Splurge: Senz Mini Storm Umbrella

Senz Mini Storm Umbrella

Senz Mini Storm Umbrella

This umbrella certainly looks odd, but the unconventional shape helps to break through wind. Plus, the patented frame won’t turn inside out even in 80 km/h winds. It’s super light and is only 11 inches in length when folded. $65. See raindropsto.com.

ALL WRAPPED UP

Temperatures can change at a moment’s notice in spring, but travellers who bring along a cozy blanket on a flight will be prepared for the chilliest of flights and fluctuating weather no matter the destination.

Budget: Walmart’s print fleece reverse throw

Walmart's print fleece reverse throw

Walmart’s print fleece reverse throw

This cozy fleece blanket will keep you warm on the coldest of flights and on those chilly spring evenings when relaxing at your hotel. This blanket is also large enough to cuddle under, at 50 by 60 inches in size. $7. See walmart.ca.

Splurge: Roots Tweed Cabin Blanket

Roots Tweed Cabin Blanket

Roots Tweed Cabin Blanket

This cool “work sock” style blanket from Roots is made in Canada from a cotton-acrylic blend. At 96 by 90 inches, it’s perfect for an extra layer on a bed or warming you – and your neighbour – up on a plane. $275. See canada.roots.com.

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