After a long winter, we are all ready for summer to start. With Victoria Day Weekend just around the corner, this is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but do you have everything you need? Here are 10 small things to pick up this week so you’re ready for the weekend.




If you’re going camping:

  1. World Famous Cookset

Make cooking in the woods a breeze with this stainless steel cook set. The durable set comes with a frying pan, two pots and 4 plastic cups. To save space, the frying pan and pot handles can be folded in and then all 7 pieces can be tucked inside each other and transported in the compact carrier bag. ErinLYYC also recommended this cook set in her recent camping gear article.

  1. Secur 4000mAh Solar Panel ChargerSolar Panel.jpg

Solar devices sometimes get a bad rep as they are traditionally bulky and don’t actually provide that much power, but the Secur panel charger is not like that. This compact charger has dual ultra high-efficiency solar panels that have 4 times more charging power than other solar panel devices. This makes it perfect for weekends away because it can recharge a phone four times when fully charged. The USB port allows you to attach any charger cable needed to charge your phone, tablet or other electronic devices.

  1. High Sierra Classic 2 Propel 70 Hydration Backpack – 2L Reservoir


Hydration backpack.jpgIf you’re planning on going on a few hikes around your campsite, you may want to pick up a hydration backpack. In addition to the actual water bag, this High Sierra backpack also has a front zippered pocket for personal items and the padded back with mesh will make sure your back stays cool and dry. You also have the option of using the tuck-away sternum and waist straps to stabilize the bag on your back. There is also a hose jacket to protect the hose portion of the bag. If you’re looking for something different, here are some other great outdoors backpacksrecommended by theNotice.


Looking for some new places to camp this summer? Check out our articles on great camping locations in B.C. andQuebec.


If you’re going on a city getaway:

  1. LifeProof Fre iPhone 6/6s Fitted Hard Shell Caselifeproof.jpg

Don’t let your weekend be ruined with a broken phone. Protect your phone from wear and tear with this hard shell case from LifeProof. Available in a wide range of colours, this case is waterproof in up to almost 7 feet of water and also drop-proof from 6.6 feet. In addition to the surrounding case, the built-in scratch protector protects your screen from dust and dirt.


  1. Bugatti Canvas Duffle Bag


I love this simple duffle bag from Bugatti. It’s unisex and at 16 ounces, it’s the perfect size for a weekend away. There is a main zippered compartment for clothes and also a zippered pocket on the top and inside of the duffle for smaller items. In regards to carrying, the padded shoulder strap can be adjusted or removed depending on what you prefer. Stay extra organized with this leather shaving kit from Fossil or this bright yellow cosmetic case from David Jones.


  1. Igloo Quantum Hard Sided Coolercooler.jpg

If you’re heading on a road trip, keep all your snacks and drinks cold and within arms reach with this compact cooler. It’s small enough that it will fit comfortably in between or behind the seats and the 12-quart interior has integrated pouring channels in the liner for hours of temperature insulation. It also has a dry storage compartment in the lid for dry snacks or cutlery.


If you’re staying in town and spending it on your patio:

  1. Sportcraft Resin Bocce Ball Set

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Just because you are not going away, doesn’t mean you can’t play outside! Grab a couple friends, find a great patch of grass and hold a bocce tournament with this set from Sportcraft. The balls are made from a high-density resin and are precision-balanced so they will roll where you want them too and the carrier bag will help keep them protected in between games. Take a look at our other outdoor games here.




  1. Monster Superstar Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

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Enjoy the sunshine with your favorite playlist blasting. This compact speaker packs such a punch that people will think your music is coming from a far larger audio system. In addition to playing music, once connected to your device via Bluetooth this speaker allows you to take calls hands free and the built-in microphone has noise cancelling capabilities to ensure high-quality sound during conversations. If you’re device is unable to connect via Bluetooth, you can also plug in your device via an AUX cable to play music.


  1. BBQ Devil BBQ Tool Set

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Clean off the barbeque and cook a summer meal grilled to perfection with this bbq tool set. It comes with a perforated spatula with a scraper edge and tongs. They are both made of a durable stainless steel and are dishwasher safe for quick clean up. If you’re looking for something new to grill, here are 3 barbeque recipes you have to try. Wanting to upgrade your barbeque? Check out our selection here.




  1. Brazilian Double Hammockhammock.jpg

Add style to your garden and take relaxation to a whole other level with this stylish hammock. The high-quality cotton thread is tightly woven making to comfortable and durable, holding up to 206kg. If you’re looking to upgrade other furniture on your patio, look at StaceyMac’s picks here.




Victoria Day Weekend is the first big long weekend of the summer so make it count! If you’re going camping, pick up a new solar powered charger to keep your phone fully charged in case of emergencies. If you’re exploring a new city, pack your clothes in a stylish duffle bag from Bugatti and pack your snacks in a compact cooler. If you’re staying home and relaxing in backyard, make sure you and your friends stay entertained with an outdoor game like bocce.

Have a great weekend!

My focus is to discuss tech products that are trendy and in demand amongst the younger generation. Over the years I have reviewed, compared and wrote about a wide variety of products, including headphones, speakers, sound docks, iPods and mp3 players. With Best Buy’s launch of VIVA and Home & Lifestyle, I have had the opportunity to expand my focus to include a younger person’s perspective on many of these great products as well!


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