Packing tips for travel

Who doesn’t love a peaceful winter weekend vacation away from home? Or, you might have plans to travel for holidays coming up: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and so on. These packing tips will help you prepare for last-minute travel or long-standing plans alike.

Pack More Socks than you Think You Need.

It’s cold out…but not always. Fall tends to flip-flop between balmy sunny days and chilly winter storms. That means a lot of moisture and mush on the streets, sidewalks, and in the parks. That means you might have to swap out soggy socks mid-day for a fresh pair. Not to mention that on the chilliest of days, you might want to wear two pairs in your boots, particularly if you like autumn hiking.

Pack Waterproof Footwear.

To prevent the above scenario, you could also just make sure to pack shoes or boots that prevent slush and moisture from leaking in. They should be something you can see yourself wearing on a warm day as well as a cooler one, as fall tends to flip-flop. One of the best packing tips you’ll hear is: bring the right footwear for your destination.

Pack a Portable Battery Charger.

Autumn can be warm at times but don’t let that deceive you. Getting stuck somewhere when the sun goes down will be unpleasant, even on the warmest days. You should always have a charged phone in case you need to call a friend or a cab if you get stranded or need a ride. That’s why packing a portable charger is a good idea, especially if you are on your phone a lot or it has an older battery that is prone to dying.

Pack a Neutral Scarf.

Scarves take up a lot of room in a bag and can be uncomfortable to wear if you are too warm. You probably won’t want to haul around more than one so make sure you pick one in a neutral colour like black, brown, beige, or grey that goes with everything and anything you might be wearing.

Pack a Tablet or Smart Reader.

Fall weather can be unpredictable. You might get anything from rain or hail or sun or snow. If there are days that you can’t go outside, you’ll want enough entertainment to get you by. A smart reader is a great way to pack every book you’ve been meaning to read without taking up much space in an overnight bag.

Pack Sunscreen.

You may be bundled from head-to-toe on a chilly day but that doesn’t mean the sun can’t reach delicate areas like your face, neck, and hands. Even on overcast days the UV rays can get through and sometimes clouds even amplify their strength. This is important if you’re skiing or snowboarding, too, to avoid picking up a goggle tan.

Haven’t picked a fall trip for yourself yet? Consider staying at one of our beautiful vacation rental properties in B.C. Contact us for more details.

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Eco-friendly Fashion in Kelowna


Many companies and shops in Kelowna create sustainable clothes and/or sell ethically made items. Every shop has its own taste of fashion and motto for earth friendly garments.

Do a little shopping when you’re on vacation and support these local businesses!


Textile Apparel

Their misson is to offer the best in sustainable, fair trade fashion. They are not fast fashion. Instead they offer quality, versatile, seasonless garments that customers can feel good about wearing. Textile Apparel will be opening in April and will consist of 75 per cent sustainable eco-friendly fashion and the rest will be vintage consignment.

Mango + Moose

Mango + Moose is a socially conscious fashion and lifestyle brand, with the purpose of providing opportunities for communities, families, and individuals to thrive. The goal of their team is to bring awareness and revolution to the worldwide marketplace. Mango + Moose offers products that are exclusively created and developed through ethical practices. They work with Artisan partnerships to provide unique, high-quality designs for their customers. Every Mango and Moose purchase directly impacts Artisans by providing a living wage and opportunities creating the ability to flourish. As of 2018, they have partnered with 18 Artisan groups in ten countries: Canada, Haiti, Mali, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, India, Guatemala, Vietnam, as well as South East Asia.

Nomads Hemp Wear

The founds of Nomads Hemp Wear were inspired by their nomadic lifestyle, living sustainably, and in harmony with their community and their surroundings. They set their eyes on hemp as a new fabric source. After plenty of trial and error, Nomads Hemp Wear found a fabric manufacturer who could help take hemp into the mainstream. They have worked together to develop a variety of stretch textiles ranging from soft, durable hemp fabrics to organic cotton, soy and bamboo, that are unique to their brand. They also take pride in employing fair labor in the construction of all their garments. 

Lost Together

Lost Together is a clothing shop designed to make you feel good while supporting sustainable fashion. They encourage the trading of used clothes. If the items are not accepted by Lost Together for resale, they will be donated to a local charity that picks up weekly from the store.  Items left by customers for more than 48 hours that have not been selected for resale are also donated. Lost Together says “Approximately 85 % of clothing ends up in landfills. Statistics suggest that in Canada alone, over 50 pounds per person in clothing ends up in landfills per year. We’re here to help change your style, and the world, one piece of clothing at a time.”

Unless Market

Unless Market is not a clothing store but sells environmentally friendly products made in the Okanagan. They promote a “refill program” which provides consumers with the option to buy common household products in mason jars and/or refill their existing containers rather than buying a new plastic container. They avoid selling disposable products and instead support the use of reusable saran wrap, bamboo straws, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable paper towels, and so on. The products are free of SLS, parabens, formaldehyde, gluten, phosphate, petroleum, tricolsan, fragrance and dyes.


With the current push towards building a more sustainable future, these companies (like many others) are helping locals and visitors live a less wasteful, more purposeful life!

Please visit our Rentals page to see our beautiful cottages for your next getaway to Kelowna.


Written by Natsumi Matsumoto


But that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate in your sweatpants and oversized sweater until spring comes. Here are some wearable ideas to make it through the winter months in style without getting frost bitten.

  1. Ski jackets: designed for the slopes the traditional ski jacket doesn’t have to be hidden in your closet and only taken out when you hit the hills. With several companies now making cute, wearable ski coats, you can get daily use out of that pricey winter coat.
  2. Long sleeves: believe it or not, your favourite cozy oversized tee with the sleeves that extend past your fingertips is in style this winter! Stay warm, comfy and in style, who knew?
  3. Puffy coats: that puffy down North Face jacket you’ve hidden in the back of your closet all those years? Finally in style! Haul that lumpy, oversized down coat out of storage and choose warmth and style this year!
  4. Trench coats: they get a bad rap, but the floor length button down with the belted waisted are IN.
  5. Turtleneck dresses: just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean you have to throw your dresses into hibernation! Try a long sleeved turtle necked knit dress with a pair of stockings and knee high boots. Cozy and chic!

Even although no one is ever happy about trading in their favourite swimsuit for their business causal get up, and giving up long days of lounge in the sun for endless hours stuck in the office, somehow most of us still love fall. And fall in the Okanagan is nothing short of spectacular. Here’s how the fashion experts suggest you make the most of the crisp autumn weather.

  1. Suede: boots, jackets, cardigans, suede is coming back in a big way from booties to t-shirts, the soft, matte fabric has made it’s way from a utilitarian cloth used by the First Nations in the early 1900’2 to keep warm to a modern day trend for day to day wear.
  2. Leather: contrary to popular belief, leather jackets are not only for burly men on Harley Davidsons. The little leather jacket is perfect for that in between fall weather for men and women alike.
  3. Denim: it’s simple. Everyone loves jeans. We all have our favourite pair of denim jeans. With many cuts and styles from bootlegged to distressed to denim shorts and jackets, it goes with everything and its guaranteed to keep you arm in the crisp fall air.
  4. Plaid: when you think fall fashion almost everyone thinks plaid. From scarves to button downs to flannel jackets, plaid is a quick and easy way to tie together your fall look. And the colours scream ‘hay ride and pumpkin carving’.
  5. Sportswear: go ahead, rock your lulus and hoodie to the mall. It’s fall, comfort and warmth are the key components to staying in style while preparing for the incoming snow season.

The Okanagan is known for its blistering hot summers. Perfect for afternoons spent on the beach and mornings by the poolside, but what’s the best way to survive the summer heat in fashion on your Okanagan vacation?

Fashionistas all over the world are predicting that the fashion trend this summer 2017, will be a huge throwback to the 80’s. So dig out those daisy dukes and mirrored sunglasses.

Here are some of the top predicted must have fashion items of the upcoming summer 2017:

  1. Bralettes: lacy and simple, the bralette is the perfect piece for layering under sheer tops, swooping necklines, and t shirt dresses. These fun, flirty and summery tops an excellent piece for pairing with your high waisted denim jeans and lounging on the patio of your lakeside cottage.
  2. White dresses: everyone knows the power of the little black dress, well, it’s understated friend the flowy white sun dress is a must have staple in every woman’s wardrobe this upcoming summer. Paired with a cropped denim jacket for those chillier summer nights sitting around the campfire, you can’t go wrong with this simple timeless piece.
  3. Sheer: perfect for layering over that cute bikini top light, sheer tops are expected to trend this summer.
  4. Overalls: a true throwback, denim short overalls are the new bikini cover up when it comes to summer 2017.
  5. Hats: whether it’s a floppy sunhat, a straw cow girl inspired hat or your boyfriend’s ball cap; covering up that mane is a sure fire way to keep your summer tresses healthy and your sun kissed skin glowing.
  6. Sunglasses: oversized, aviator, polarized, heart shaped… There’s an endless selection of shades to protect those baby blues in style.