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Travel Tip of the Day

If you’re checking a black rolling suitcase (and from the looks of every conveyor belt we’ve seen, 90 per cent of you are!), add a colourful ribbon or tape to the handle so you can spot it more easily at baggage claim. Be creative: the general population has caught on and a plain red ribbon won’t cut it. Go for neon, stripes, polka dots—something more unique. (We’ve seen animal-print duct tape at Home Depot.) Or whip up a distinctive handle cover if you’re crafty.

The Hunt for the Ultimate Toiletry Case: 7 Great Finds


Tumi Voyageur Monaco toiletry bag

What makes the perfect toiletry bag? It depends a bit on how many products you travel with and how long you intend to travel, but in general, a toiletry case should have some key features:

  • waterproof
  • durable
  • has separated compartments for organization and possible spillage
  • opens up completely so you can see contents (we hate those open-from-the-top-only bags: they’re black holes)
  • can be hung on a hook, rail or doorknob
  • is as compact as possible given what it holds

Here are seven toiletry bags and cosmetics cases that meet our criteria. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Pack it All with Piquadro

After conquering Europe and Asia, Piquadro has set its sights on North America and chosen Yorkville as the location for its first boutique on this continent. The 25-year-old Italian company caters to modern professionals with its stylish and functional bags, luggage and accessories. The company’s expansion into the Toronto market—there are more than 100 shops around the globe—makes sense considering Piquadro’s clientele, whom president and CEO Marco Palmieri describes as “jet set, always on the go and expecting nothing less than excellence in the products they buy.” Here, those customers can find laptop and messenger bags, briefcases, backpacks, tablet sleeves and MP3 cases, ladies handbags, wallets and coin purses in traditional black and brown leather with punches of red and golden yellow. Open daily. 1286 Bay St., 416-928-6662.

25 Packing Tips from Travel Experts

By Kat Tancock

For many of us, packing for a trip comes second only to unpacking as the most painful aspect of travel. But could it be that our technique needs some work? We gathered 25 tips from packing experts to help make your travels more bearable—before, during and after. (more…)

12 Stylish Suitcases You Can’t Lose on the Conveyor Belt

Recently, we overheard a woman at baggage claim relaying a sob story to an airline attendant: she had mistakenly taken the wrong suitcase and now hers was nowhere to be found. The luggage in question: a nondescript black roller exactly like 90 percent of everything ever wheeled through the revolving airport doors. (more…)

Hot Shopping: German Engineering

German über-brand Rimowa says “guten tag” to Canada by opening its first Canadian flagship store in chi-chi Yorkville. Since 1898, the family-owned company has been a leading manufacturer of lightweight aluminum suitcases with a distinctive groove pattern. In 2000, Rimowa debuted a polycarbonate series of luggage, revolutionizing the industry. Traditionally used for airplane panels, the shock-proof and resilient material means dents are a temporary nuisance—after taking a beating, it regains its original form. Each of the company’s carryalls is composed of 200 individual parts and can take up to 90 steps to put together. Open daily. 101 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2644.