Travel Gear: Somewhat Obscure Travel Essentials

Someone’s been looking through my bag!

Travel Gear: Somewhat Obscure Travel Essentials | MEC blog:

“As most travel aficionados know, fall is always a good time to take a trip. Flights are cheap, crowds are thin, and the weather is still nice and balmy.

If you’ve already planned a trip or hope to take advantage of last minute deals, here are my somewhat obscure travel essentials I recommend you take with:


It’s my saving grace for nights when I can’t sleep, but everyone else can. It’s my partner in crime for late night rendezvous and top secret foreign missions. Other than my journal and my camera, this little head lantern is my favourite travel companion. Don’t leave home without it.

Wine Bottle Opener

I tragically forget to throw one in my pack on a recent surf/sightseeing getaway to Hawaii. On more than one occasion throughout my trip, a situation came up where an opener was needed and I cursed the stars for my packing ineptitude. Bring a good wine bottle opener along for the ride – it can make/break your night (or mid-afternoon, depending on how you like to spend your vacation).

Duct Tape

Duct tape is a hero. For every problem – ripped pack, holey shoes, sketchy South American hostel bed with bits falling off – duct tape shows up and saves the day.

Boy Scouts have nothing on me.”

(Via The MEC Blog.)

Headphones Required: Just Download It Already!


So Laurent Lasalle: Web Designer, Podcaster, PodCamp Montreal and overall “grognon” has resurrected his Headphones Required new music podcast. This time it’s English only and is very heavily focussed on music. Why should you listen? Apart from the fact that I said it’s good stuff and that should be enough in itself. John in the studio.jpegWell imagine a young John Peel with a french canadian accent reminiscent of Claude Rajotte in the early CHOM hey days but without all the heavy musical diatribes and superiority complex. Like Peel, Laurent uses a laid back presentation style letting the music speak for itself, letting you decide whether or not its good stuff or complete tosh with 80 to 112 beats per minute. Like Claude Rajotte, Laurent is a Montrealer who talks about Montreal stuff and some tech stuff too even though the music he plays is pretty much from anywhere he’s recently travelled to what he heard at Café Laïka that week. A nice eclectic mix of rock/indie/electro/pop (not electro-pop! Electro and Pop).

It’s worth a listen and you might even find something new to add to you weekly download list. One thing I should mention though is that you should not listen to Mes Paroles s’Envolent and Headphones Required back to back since some to the music is in both, it’s all good stuff but you get this wierd “Déjà Voodoo” Feeling