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The must-pack items next time you travel

Winston Sih | posted Monday, Jul 7th, 2014

Canadians took 32.2 million trips last year, and we have valuable travel tips from Jeff Element, president, Travel Corporation Canada, on what industry insiders pack in their luggage!

List of must-pack items and travel tips

The business traveller:

  • Bring extra re-usable water bottles and fill them up at airport to drink on plane–staying hydrated reduces jet lag
  • Pack a garment folder–it compresses dress shirts and minimizes wrinkles while saving space
  • Wear business attire while in transit–suit no tie–receiving a business class upgrade is more likely if you look professional
  • If your suitcase goes missing, a few new shirts and undergarments are all you need to get through several days of meetings

The family vacationer:

  • Dryer sheets–layer sheets between clothing articles to maintain a fresh scent
  • Stain remover pens–they’re portable and protect clothing from permanent stains
  • When traveling with children, you never know when a scoop of gelato will fall off the cone and onto someone’s new shirt–pack washcloths–they’re essential for cleaning kids sticky faces and hands but you won’t find them in many international hotels

The worldly explorer:

  • A good camera and extra memory chip
  • Wrinkle-resistant, breathable clothing will keep you cool in the hot sun so that time can be spent exploring instead of ironing
  • Elegant evening attire–a practical, yet stylish nighttime outfit will help you feel at ease in a new destination
  • Crushable hat–substituting a felt hat for a travel-friendly version will save a great deal of room in your luggage

The adventure seeker:

  • A favourite pillow case and inflatable neck pillow come in handy during long journeys away from home
  • Waterproof phone case–from snorkeling to bungy jumping, having a waterproof phone case means you can take your device anywhere
  • Gym clothes as travel clothing–clothing with extra pockets, quick dry fabric and a slim fit are as good on a trip as they are in the gym
  • First aid–pack ginger chews, Gravol, and pain medication

With files from Jeff Element, president, Travel Corporation Canada, www.Trafalgar.com

Social Stream: #BTwonderland

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Jun 26th, 2014

Join us as Breakfast Television heads to Canada’s Wonderland!

For behind-the-scenes updates and more, check out our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram postings using the hashtag #BTwonderland, as well as in the social stream below.

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Connected City: Facebook’s new privacy settings

Winston Sih | posted Wednesday, Jun 18th, 2014

Connected City

City digital media correspondent Winston Sih takes a look at Facebook’s new privacy settings. He explains at how to block a specific user and put someone on your restricted list.

Catch Connected City with Winston Sih on his weekly segment airing on CityNews: The 5.  View all previous segments by clicking here.

Favourite Toronto spots to watch World Cup matches

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Jun 12th, 2014

The World Cup soccer tournament, which begins Thursday, is the most watched sporting event on Earth.

In the last World Cup four years ago, 3.2-billion people tuned in, including 909.6 million for the final match, according to the sport’s governing body FIFA. That is compared with the 111.5-million people who tuned into the Super Bowl this year, according to The Associated Press.

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This year 32 national teams will be in the host country of Brazil when the month-long tournament begins Thursday.

CityNews has compiled a list of favourite Toronto cafes, restaurants and watering holes where fans go to watch their favourite teams.

Where do you go? Share your favourite locations and teams in the comments below.

With files from CityNews.ca

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