14 Things For Your Next Road Trip

Because it’s not the destination. It’s how you get there.

1. Pack all of your road trip essentials in the Sydney Love quilted tote, designed by Christine DeGennaro. It’s $74.99 at Flurries. (Kingsway Garden Mall, 780-474-0824, and three other locations)

2. When licorice and chocolate come together, they make an ideal snack for the road. At Cally’s Teas, the chocolate-filled licorice sticks ($1.99 each) come in two flavours, RJ’s Licorice Chocolate and Strawberry White Chocolate logs. (10151 82 Ave., 780-757-8944)

3. Trek all the hotspot trails in the Rockies with help from this handy guide, Where Locals Hike ($28.95), and then write about your adventures in the I Was Here journal ($19.95). Both are for sale at Chapters. (3227 Calgary Trail, 780-431-9694, and several other locations).

4. Touted as “music for your mouth,” Chimes Ginger Chews ($5.99 for 5 oz.) have all-natural ingredients that’ll make you want to sing in the driver’s seat. They’re available in original or mango flavours at Cally’s Teas. (10151 82 Ave., 780-757-8944)

5. Do your musical tastes differ from your driver’s? Put on these Urbanears Plattan headphones, which have a splitter so you can save your backseat friend’s ears, too. It’s $71 at The Source Skateboards and Snowboards Shop. (17548 100 Ave., 780-489-9476)

6. Pack makeup and toiletries in these Blue Q zipper pouches, made from 95-per-cent recycled material. They $7.50 (small) and $8.50 at Cally’s Teas. (10151 82 Ave., 780-757-8944)

7. Gents, get this must-have, genuine leather Legacy Travel Kit from Coach for $168. (Southgate Centre, 780-435-0072, and West Edmonton Mall, 780-930-1473)

8. Entertain (or annoy) travel mates with Ridley’s Super Honky Tonk Sound harmonica, which is $9.99 at Cally’s Teas. (10151 82 Ave., 780-757-8944)

9. Hit the road in style together with fabulous sunglasses from Women With Vision Opticians Inc. The Dita Exeter sunglasses (right) for him is $616 and features a full titanium rim and temples. For her? Roberto Cavalli’s Melograno sun peepers are $514. (10515 109 St., 780-423-3937)

10. Keep the conversation going with random questions from Road Trip, Table Topics to Go. It’s available at The Tin Box for $9.50. (10512 82 Ave., 780-436-2006, and 12433 102 Ave., 780-454-4474)

11. The Bleecker Leather Colourblock Utility Tote ($568) by Coach makes the perfect travel case. (Southgate Centre, 780-435-0072, and West Edmonton Mall, 780-930-1473)

12. Record your road trip memories with the very retro La Sardina Fischers Fritze 35 mm camera, which uses actual film. It’s $99.99 at Chapters. (3227 Calgary Trail, 780-431-9694, and several other locations)

13. For a nap in the back seat on those long car rides, the Zodax “Sweet Ride” reversible pillow is cool and cushy, only $40 at Beautiful Home & Gift. (The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Drive, St. Albert, 780-651-7372)

14. Keep your passengers – big and small – entertained with Kikkerland’s Travel Chess ($12) or Magnetic Sudoku ($9.95) from The Map Depot. (10344 105 St., 780-429-2600)

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