I cannot believe it is October already. Just the other day, I got a letter in the mail telling me that it has been almost 6 months since I’ve graduated from the University of Toronto. SIX! I cannot believe how much time has passed. (The letter was to remind me that my 6 month grace period is almost over so I have to start paying back my student loans! Ha!)
Anyways, as a fun little girls trip/graduation trip/I love you to the moon and back trip, I purchased tickets to Montréal via Porter for Jennifer and I since we literally did nothing to celebrate our graduation in the last 6 months! Jennifer and I have been friends since grade 9 and somehow we both made it through high school and university without a hitch so why not celebrate that? This girl has been through so much with me, from my making her run the Nike Women’s 15K, me getting her lost on a 10K+ trail adventure, and she is one of the talented few who help me take photos for my blog and Instagram!
ANYWAYS, enough of me gushing over Jennifer. Back to Montréal. We’re going to be gone for 4 days 3 nights and because I really didn’t feel like lugging my suitcase around for the trip, I’ll only be bringing a carry on, my backpack. If you saw my suitcase for Ottawa, you’d know I’m a fan of packing the house and then some but for Montréal, I really wanted to work on packing light so here’s what I’m bringing!
I’ll be bringing this adidas x Team Canada bag with me that Michelle bravely won for me by chasing down an Olympian. It proved to itself to me in New York as I carried two people’s worth of post run things and my own stuff as I watched my friends race the NB 5th Ave Mile. It has a ton of little pockets that I am able to use to help compartmentalize and it is super comfy to carry on my back.
No bag of mine is complete without all the snacks! As you know, Clif Bar is all about “Feed Your Adventure” so there is no way I’m heading off to my little adventure without them! I’ll be doing a few runs while in Montréal so I have my Bloks and Shots to keep my energy up during the run (considering I got Jennifer and I lost in the woods… we’re going to need energy in Montréal!) and a few bars to get through the day. Note the seasonal flavours: Iced Gingerbread and Spiced Pumpkin Pie? It is the best. One of the reasons I love Clif Bar is their commitment to be an environmentally responsible company such as making their product organic.
Clif Bar product pictured:
Clif Bar – Iced Gingerbread (Seasonal), Spiced Pumpkin Pie (Seasonal), Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, 70% Organic Ingredients These are great to tuck into your pocket or bag for on-the-go snacking.
Clif Shot Gel – Razz, Chocolate, and Vanilla. These are perfect for traveling due to their Litter Leash packaging so I can make sure nothing is littered while I’m off exploring.
Clif Bloks – Citus, Mountain Berry, Tropical Punch, USDA Organic I absolutely lived off these for multiple training cycles. Even when not training, I love taking a block when I need an energy boost.
Clif Organic Trail Bar – Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Raspberry, Non-GMO, Gluten Free I LOVE these! They’re great for snacking on-the-go and they’re a great source of fibre with 12% of your daily need.
I also have some Krave Beef Jerky for my bag to keep my munchies in check as I will be waking up at the crack of dawn to catch my flight. I am not pleasant when hungry, trust me, so this should keep me happy until we land and get some breakfast in me! I am currently obsessed with the two flavours shown up above, Black Cherry Barbecue and Sweet Chipotle. I love beef jerky for road trips and long car rides but sometimes I just want a little more than just regular old beef and Krave has really filled in that craving for me.
The Gadgets and Little Things
I’ll be packing my Polar V800, HR strap, GoPro Hero 4, iPod, Benadryl, Aleeve, travel wallet, Samsung S7, phone charger, Swell bottle, sunglasses, a moleskin, 2 pens, and maybe my laptop (it’ll be a last minute decision).
I’ll be packing 3 shirts, 2 pairs of leggings, 1 pair of shorts, a swim suit (Bota Bota here I come!), 5 pairs of under garments, 2 pairs of shoes (potentially switching my Birks for my Toms based on the weather), 1 hat, 1 scarf for the plane, and 3 pairs of socks. I’m not too overly concerned about laundry as I’ll be at an AirBnB and can always do a quick wash. This is actually the least amount of clothes I have packed to date (I brought like 10 shirts and two dresses with me to Ottawa!! Ha!) so I’m actually pretty proud of myself. Plus I’ll have whatever I’m wearing on the plane (i.e. a sweater/jacket).
Whew. I think that’s everything!
QOTD: What’s in your travel bag/carry on? Did I miss anything? What is the first thing you pack?
Disclaimer: Major shout outs to Clif Bar for helping me feed my adventure in Montreal! And to my dear readers, I appreciate your support of the brands who make this blog possible!