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Teaching Kids To Pack For Their Futures

I’ll always remember something Debbie Phelps, mother of world champion swimmer Michael Phelps, said in an interview. Debbie described how Michael packed and carried his swim bag from an early age. When he forgot his goggles in a competition and looked to his mother for assistance, she raised her empty hands and he swam without them. At the time, those words were difficult for me to hear. I’d packed a swim bag for my two daughters that very day. And if goggles were forgotten, I would have...

How to Pack for a Hiking Trip

Regardless of the hike you’re planning—a mile-long walk along the oceanfront paths of Acadia National Park or a strenuous multi-day swath of the Appalachian Trail—experts urge bringing many of the same items: extra water and food, the right shoes, a First Aid kit (and more). In the hiking world, such necessities are known as the 10 essentials.But there’s skill in strategically placing such essentials into a pack. Here, how to pack a bag that was made for the Great Outdoors—straight from those...

Sartorial Solution: 10 must-pack beach vacation essentials

Q. I’m headed on a beach vacation this summer but have limited packing space. Are there any essentials I should keep in mind? A. Beach vacations can be some of the most fun holidays of the year — to go on and to pack for. From sun-soaked days to poolside dinners, a waterside getaway is sure to serve up some much-needed rest and relaxation. And a tan, of course (but don’t forget to apply sunscreen!).Whether you’re boating in the Okanagan, jetting to Maui or are simply looking to sit by the...